The Velveteen Rabbit, Forever Real

deadline for submissions: 
November 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Lisa Rowe Fraustino
contact email: 

This will be an edited collection to be proposed for publication in the ChLA Centennial Studies series, which celebrates classic children’s texts, books that have stood the test of time and played a significant role in the development of the field.  The editor invites chapter proposals of 350-500 words from a range of theoretical perspectives about The Velveteen Rabbit: Or How Toys Become Real by Margery Williams.

First published in 1922, The Velveteen Rabbit has never been out of print. Besides multiple editions issued with different illustrators, it has been adapted for film, television, and theatre, in a range of mediums including animation, claymation, live action, musical, and dance. A poll of the National Education Association ranked it in the “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children” in 2007. 

Proposals should be for original works not previously published (including in conference proceedings) and that are not currently under consideration for another edited collection or journal. If the essay is accepted for the collection, a full draft (5000-7000 words) will be required by May 15th, 2020. The editor is happy to discuss ideas prior to the deadline.