Edited Volume: Global Children’s Literature in the College Classroom

deadline for submissions: 
October 1, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Sara Austin, Tanja Nathanael, Olivia Bushardt

Children’s literature as a field is not bounded by geography, and so critical discussions of the children’s literary tradition outside of a US context appear frequently in journals ranging from The New England Reading Association, to The Lion and the Unicorn, and The Reading Teacher. In fact, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly dedicated the Winter 2018 issue to “Migration, Refugees, and Diaspora in Children's Literature.” Despite the abundance of critical work, pedagogical resources such as Evelyn B. Freeman and Barbara A. Lehman’s Global Perspectives in Children's Literature (2001), Freeman, Lehman, and Patricia Scharer’s Reading Globally (2010), Deanna Day, ‎Jean Schroeder, ‎Kathy Gnagey Short’s Teaching Globally: Reading the World Through Literature (2016), are often focused on the K-12 classroom. 

This volume of original critical essays will expand current pedagogical models into the college classroom, while exploring children’s literature and literary traditions outside of the United States. We are interested in both how non US-centered children’s literature is taught within children’s literature courses, as well as how global children's literature can be used to frame undergraduate pedagogy outside of the children’s literature classroom. We are particularly interested in representing a diverse range of global perspectives as well as diverse critical approaches including english, education, religion, philosophy, sociology, history, political science, healthcare, gender studies, etc. Topics for chapters may include but are not limited to:


  • Americanization of international texts

  • Authenticity, agency, voice, identity and authorship

  • Awards and valuing modes of storytelling  

  • Bodies, non-normative

  • Borders and peripheries

  • Climate futures (hope vs. despair)

  • Consumerism and capitalism

  • Critical literacies

  • Defining family and childhood 

  • Diverse faiths

  • Ecotopias and environmentalism

  • Fantasy

  • Feminism in the 21st century

  • Genres and subgenres

  • Global youth activism

  • Healthcare, both physical and mental 

  • Indigenous futures

  • Justice and policing

  • Monsters and monstrousness 

  • Multi-lingual narratives

  • Myth and folktales

  • Reimagined histories

  • Queer, LBGTQIA+

  • Translation issues


In the form of a single Word file, please send proposals of 500-750 words, a brief biography, and contact information to Sara Austin, Tanja Nathanael, Olivia Bushardt at globalchildrenlit@gmail.com no later than 1 Oct 2021. Notification of proposal acceptance will occur no later than 1 December 2021. Acceptance into the collection will be based on completed essays of approximately 6000-10000 words submitted no later than 1 September 2022.