| Thoughts from the JCL Editorial Team 2016-2019 |
“Being an editor was a window into what researchers were currently investigating in the field of children’s literature, and I felt privileged to get the first glimpse.”
“Editing JCL had become such a significant part of my life over three years. It was wonderful to work with such an amazing team of co-editors, editorial assistants, copy-editor, and layout designer to bring each issue to life.”
“I have learned so much about the field of children's literature from serving as co-editor. And my book wish list has expanded with every issue of JCL! I keep hoping to win the lottery so I can splurge on all the wonderful books I've learned about from columns such as Notables and Book Reviews to research pieces on particular themes!”
In October, CLA President Lauren Aimonette Liang asked the outgoing Journal of Children’s Literature editorial team to share a bit about their experiences serving as editors for the past three years. Specifically, she asked the team:
The former editors had difficulty choosing between issues; as Donna Adomat said, “Being asked what my favorite issue of JCL was during my tenure as co-editor is like being asked as a mother to choose my favorite child.”
However, all three in the end selected the first issue as the one most memorable. Adomat recalled, “I was so proud when the issue went to press, and before it did, I must have read every word in the issue at least three times before I felt comfortable about releasing it.” Karla Mollër captured the teams’ reaction to this first issue when she stated, “The first issue was the most arduous and the most rewarding in some ways, since we were all new to this endeavor.”
Supporting Emerging Scholars and Teacher Collaborations
The editors all spoke fondly in particular about their work with new and emerging scholars. Angela Wiseman commented, “I particularly like when there are new scholars who have been open to the suggestions from our amazing reviewers. It's so fantastic to see an article that is great become even better with support and encouragement.”
Mollër echoed this statement, expressing that she “thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work with all the authors and on all the manuscripts we published during our tenure as editors, but it was particularly fulfilling to have the opportunity to nurture so many emerging scholars and to highlight the important work they are doing to move the field of children’s literature forward.”
Working with teachers’ voices was another highlight for this editorial team. Mollër commented on how “immensely rewarding” it was to work with teams of authors representing richly diverse school-university collaborations for the Teachers’ Voices section of the journal.
Grateful for the Experience
Although the work of an editorial team is intense and often exhausting, the editors all expressed gratitude for the experience. CLA equally expresses immense thankfulness for the work of this editorial team. We sincerely thank each of the editors for the unique qualities and expertise they brought to this team and the amazing issues they produced together.
The editorial team and CLA also thank all editorial board members and ad hoc reviewers for their work reviewing articles over these last six issues.