Children’s Literature Associations & Resources

International Research Society for Children’s Literature
The IRSCL is the largest body for children’s literature research in the world. It hosts a biennial conference and publishes the journal IRCL.

Children’s Literature Association
An American association that supports an annual conference and the publication of Children’s Literature and Children’s Literature Association Quarterly.

International Board on Books for Young People
An international network of people from more than 70 nations “who are committed to bringing books and children together”. Publishes the journal Bookbird.

Children’s Book Council of Australia
CBCA is a volunteer organisation that was established in 1945 and which runs “Book of the Year” awards for children’s literature.

YA Studies Association
The YA Studies Association (YASA) is an international organisation existing to increase the knowledge of, and research on, YA literature, media, and related fields and to encourage the cooperation of specialists, institutions, organisations, and individuals engaging with YA whether through research, teaching, or practice. 

Children’s Books History Society

The society promotes an appreciation of children’s books in their literary, historical and bibliographical aspects, and further encouraging a distribution and exchange of information on children’s literature.

Children’s Literature Journals

International Research in Children’s Literature
IRSCL journal published three times per year through Edinburgh University Press.

Children’s Literature Association Quarterly
Supported by the MLA and published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.

Children’s Literature in Education
A quarterly journal with a long-established publication history (over forty years).

Children’s Literature
Prestigious annual publication of the MLA.

Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures
This journal is housed at the University of Winnipeg, Canada and welcomes submissions on children’s media and material culture, as well as children’s literature.

The International Journal of Young Adult Literature
An academic peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing original and serious scholarship on young adult literature from all parts of the world.

The Lion and the Unicorn
Published through Johns Hopkins University Press three times annually.

The Journal of Children’s Literature
Published by the Children’s Literature Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English twice per year.

Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature
A quarterly journal published by the International Board on Books for Young People.

The Looking Glass: New Perspectives on Children’s Literature
Electronic open-access journal currently hosted by La Trobe University.

Papers: Explorations into Children’s Literature                                                 Annual electronic open-access journal currently hosted by Deakin University

Red Feather: An International Journal of Children’s Visual Culture
An online interdisciplinary journal.

The ALAN Review
Published three times per year by the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English.

Barnboken: Journal of Children’s Literature Research
Published by the Swedish Institute for Children’s books, Barnboken is a scholarly Open Access journal that publishes academic articles on children’s literature.

Children’s Literature Archives

National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature
The National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature Inc is the premier national institution that collects, documents and promotes Australian children’s literature and ensures this national heritage is publicly available and shared with future generations.

Children’s Literature Research Collection at the State Library of Victoria
The State Library of Victoria holds over 100,000 children’s books, with particular emphasis on Australian children’s books from the past century. The Dromkeen Collection of over 7,500 original artworks and illustrations from children’s books was recently transferred to the SLV.

Children’s Literature Research Collection at the State Library of South Australia
The CLRC at the State Library of South Australia comprises more than 66,000 children’s books from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, primarily from Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Children’s Literature Research Collections at the National Library of New Zealand
The National Library of New Zealand’s major collections of children’s literature include the Dorothy Neal White Collection, National Children’s Collection and Susan Price Collection. Together they include over 150,000 books and periodicals from the 19th century to the present day, primarily from New Zealand and the Pacific, Britain, Australia, Canada, the United States.

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