An organization dedicated to bringing children's literature and advocates of children's literature together.


Winner of the 2013 Children's Literature Assembly Research Award

Grace Enriquez is Assistant Professor of Language and Literacy at Lesley University. A former English Language Arts teacher and literacy staff developer, she bridges her work with students and teachers with ethnographic and critical research in high-needs urban populations to examine their responses to literacy instruction and children’s and young adult literature in school contexts. Specifically, her scholarship focuses on critical literacies; intersections of literacies, identities, and embodiment; and children’s and young adult literature for social justice.

Dr. Enriquez's longitudinal case study, "Centering Children's Literature in Social Justice Teaching and the Common Core," will enable her study how teachers' understandings of children's literature for social justice education develop over time and space from a graduate course to classroom teaching, and help her see how teachers negotiate their use of children's literature and social justice in light of the CCSS.


Welcome to the Children's Literature Assembly (CLA), a professional community of children's literature enthusiasts. CLA is an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English and welcomes all points of view and levels of experience in the field of children's literature. The members of CLA are dedicated to achieving the following goals:

  • To provide a forum for exchange among teachers of children's literature who share keen interest in children and classrooms;
  • To promote children's literature as a field of learning, research, and classroom application;
  • To undertake and disseminate programs and projects of special interest to those interested in children's literature;
  • To work cooperatively with other organizations devoted to the promotion of literature in children's lives;

To achieve these goals, members of the Children's Literature Assembly engage in several activities through a variety of venues. We publish the refereed Journal of Children's Literature two times a year which contains articles by noted authors, profiles of authors and illustrators, research updates, and reviews of children's and professional books to broaden your knowledge about children's literature.

We invite you to explore our website, which offers further information about our organization and activities. Be sure to check out the links to various photographs of our events! If you are not yet a member of CLA, please visit the Membership page to become part of our community. We encourage you to become an active part of our group by indicating your interests on the membership form or via email. Also, please visit us on Facebook.

Caldecott Anniversary

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Happy 75th Birthday to the Caldecott Medal

With the announcement of this year’s 2013 Caldecott Awards on January 28, 2013, the Caldecott Medal celebrates seventy-five years of recognizing the art of the picture book. The award is given annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published in the United States the previous year. The Association of Library Service to Children of the American Library Association first awarded this prestigious award in 1938 to Dorothy Lothrop, illustrator of Animals of the Bible, A Picture Book by Helen Dean Fish (Lippincott). A review of the full list of medal and honor books over the past seventy-five years reflects the history of the American picture book.

To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Caldecott Awards, the Children’s Literature Assembly highlights eight winners from the past eight decades, from 1943 to this year’s 2013 winner. (Click the Caldecott Anniversary button on the right.) Congratulations to ALSC and the Caldecott Awards for their contributions to children’s literature!