Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group

This is the first in a new series of posts highlighting ILA’s richly diverse network of State Chapters, Global Affiliates, Special Interest Groups and Alpha Upsilon Alpha Honor Societies.

Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group (CL/R SIG) | East. 1979

What theyre doing

Share current resources and research findings related to books for young people through webinars, virtual book club, peer-reviewed journal (The dragon’s veinavailable free to members) and Notable Books for a Global Society (NBGS), an annual list of 25 exceptional books that celebrate diverse human experiences and promote cross-cultural understanding.

why they do it

Advocate for the inclusion of children’s literature in educational settings.

Who can join

Members of the ILA with “an abiding interest in the development of literacy and the promotion of quality literature”, including school educators, teacher candidates, professors in higher education, authors and publishers of children’s books.

How to register

Online or by calling Customer Service at 800.336.7323 (US/Canada) or +1.302.731.1600 (all other countries).

Ways to get involved

Sit on the CL/R SIG Board of Directors. Current openings include three member-at-large positions and one president-elect. Board members serve three-year terms; the president-elect serves six: two in that role; two as president; and two as past president. Responsibilities include overseeing SIG activities, developing events and initiatives, promoting SIG publications and activities, and recruiting new members.

Interested applicants should send a statement of interest and brief biography (no more than 200 words each) to Danielle Hartsfield, CL/R SIG Chair, at [email protected] before Friday, September 30. The elections will take place in October; terms begin November 1. All applicants must be members in good standing of the ILA and the CL/R SIG.

Participate in Notable Books for a Global Society Committee. During their three-year term, the members of this committee read and evaluate several hundred books for children and young adults each year. They work with other committee members to select the 25 books that best fit the NBGS selection criteria. Additionally, they participate in webinars and conferences to share information about the award.

dragonlodecoverFor more information about participating in the NBGS Committee, please contact Mary Ellen Oslick, President, at [email protected] Applications are due in January 2023.

Write and/or revise for The dragon’s veinCL/R SIG sworn newspaper. The dragon’s vein provides a forum for the exchange of ideas regarding the content and teaching of children’s literature in literacy development. For more information on the content they are looking for and guidelines for submitting a manuscript, you can visit the CL/R SIG website or email the editors.

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Jennifer C. Burleigh