Journal of Children's Literature

The Journal of Children's Literature is a refereed journal devoted to teaching and scholarship in the field of children's literature. It is the product of the Children's Literature Assembly of NCTE and is published twice annually. To join CLA and subscribe to the Journal of Children's Literature, click on the Membership link.

Call for Manuscripts:
The Journal of Children's Literature, a refereed publication of the Children's Literature Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English, explores issues of current concern to scholars in the field of children's literature, teachers of children's literature, librarians, and classroom teachers—preschool through middle school. We invite potential authors to submit original manuscripts for publication in future issues. Submissions may be articles or interviews focusing on the creative process. Sections of the journal include:

Concepts and Themes. Articles in this section will be peer reviewed and can include articles focused on research, theory, content analysis, instruction, and critical issues in children's literature. Upcoming themes include:

Open Themed Issue (Spring 2016)
In this open themed issue, we invite researchers, teachers, and students to submit articles related to all aspects of children’s literature. What should readers of the Journal of Children’s Literature be thinking about in regard to books intended for children? What kinds of theoretical perspectives (e.g., critical race theory, feminism) are being applied within the context of children’s literature? What concerns or issues about children’s literature do you have? Join us in putting together a collection of articles that will provide those interested in children’s literature with much to consider.

Diversity and Children’s Literature (Fall 2016)
In 1985, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center began collecting annual statistics in regard to the publishing of children’s literature about people of color, and these statistics suggest that change is slow to come about in the publishing field, despite the increasing racial diversity in our society. Nonetheless, there is recognition of the need to ensure greater diversity in children’s literature, as evidenced, for example, by the recent grassroots campaign titled We Need Diverse Books (see We, too, believe that there should be more published and available children’s literature depicting various groups outside the mainstream. We invite articles related to the diversity of children’s literature in terms of race, disability, sexuality, religion, etc. What kinds of inquiry work and content analyses are being done in regard to diverse sets of books (e.g., Schneider, Belpré)? How do children respond to diverse books when they are cultural outsiders? For example, how might children who have been raised as Christians respond to a book like Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors by Hena Khan? How do teachers become knowledgeable about, acquire, and utilize diverse children’s literature? What challenges might they face? What role do book fairs, book clubs, and bookstores play in the availability of diverse children’s literature? Are the changing formats of children’s literature (e.g., picturebook apps, graphic novels) diverse as well? Join us in compiling a thoughtful collection of articles on this important topic.

Creative Process. We believe that the more we understand about the creative process, the deeper are our insights into literature. This, in turn, enables us to more effectively guide students' explorations of literature. Toward this end, this section of the journal will contain interesting and lively refereed articles and interviews by and about children's authors and illustrators and their work that will give us insight into the creative process. We encourage potential contributors to link their pieces to the theme of the issue.

Manuscript Guidelines: Manuscripts should not exceed twenty double-spaced, typed pages (including references). Use APA (6th edition) format. Please include an abstract of approximately 50-150 words at the beginning of the manuscript. If the manuscript contains samples of student work, photographs of students working, charts, diagrams, or other visuals, include scans upon submission; originals will be requested upon acceptance. (Permission must be secured for samples of student work and photographs of students.) Author's name, mailing address, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address, and school/professional affiliation should be on a separate cover page. The author's name or any reference that would enable a reviewer to know who the author is should not appear on the manuscript. Please indicate in the cover letter the themed issue for which the manuscript is being submitted. Manuscripts will not be sent out for peer review until this information is provided. All manuscripts will be reviewed by at least two members of the editorial board. Decisions will be made within 8-12 weeks of publication of the journal issue for which the submission was made. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

Please submit all manuscripts to the co-editors, Miriam Martinez, Jonda McNair, and Sharon O'Neal, at

Miriam Martinez, Co-editor, Journal of Children's Literature, University of Texas at San Antonio
Jonda McNair, Co-editor, Journal of Children's Literature, Clemson University
Sharon O'Neal, Co-editor, Journal of Children's Literature, Texas State University