Journal of Children's Literature

The Journal of Children's Literature is a refereed journal devoted to teaching and scholarship for the field of children's literature. It is the product of the Children's Literature Assembly of NCTE and is published twice annually. To join CLA and subscribe to the Journal of Children's Literature, click on the Membership link.

Call for Manuscripts
The Journal of Children’s Literature, a refereed publication of the Children’s Literature Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English, explores issues of current concern to scholars in the field of children’s literature, librarians, and classroom teachers—preschool through middle school. We invite potential authors to submit original manuscripts for publication in future issues.

The Journal of Children’s Literature features refereed articles that are focused on research, theory, content analysis, instruction, and critical issues in children’s literature. Particularly welcomed are classroom studies and articles that bring diverse perspectives to the foreground.

Open-Themed Issue (Spring 2019)
DUE: August 15, 2018

Open-Themed Issue (Fall 2019)
DUE: January 15, 2019

In these open-themed issues, we invite researchers and teachers to submit manuscripts on all aspects of children’s literature. We accept original theoretical and empirical research papers on children’s literature. What should readers of the Journal of Children’s Literature be thinking about in regard to literature intended for children? What theoretical perspectives are being applied to deepen current understandings about children’s literature? What are key concerns about children’s literature in and across research, teaching, and publishing at this time? How is children’s literature used in your classroom? What issues are you facing as you use children’s literature in your classrooms? Join us in compiling a collection of articles that will engage those interested in children’s literature with considerations at the leading edge of the field.

Manuscript Guidelines
Manuscripts should not exceed 20 double-spaced, typed pages (excluding references and tables). Use APA (6th edition) format. Please include an abstract of approximately 50–150 words at the beginning of the manuscript. If the manuscript contains samples of student work, photographs of students working, charts, diagrams, or other visuals, include scans upon submission; originals will be requested upon acceptance. (Permission must be secured for samples of student work and photographs of students.) Author’s name, mailing address, telephone number, fax number, email address, and school/professional affiliation should be on a separate cover page. The author’s name or any reference that would enable a reviewer to know who the author is should not appear on the manuscript.

If the submission is to a themed issue, please indicate in the cover letter the themed issue for which the manuscript is being submitted. Manuscripts will not be sent out for peer review until all information is provided. All manuscripts will be reviewed by at least two members of the editorial board. Decisions will be made within 8–12 weeks of publication of the journal issue for which the submission was made. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

Manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Children’s Literature should not be under review for publication elsewhere. In addition, manuscripts should not have been previously published in another journal.

Please submit all manuscripts to the editors, Donna Adomat, Karla Möller, and Angela Wiseman, at

Donna Sayers Adomat, co-editor, Journal of Children’s Literature, Indiana University, Bloomington

Karla J. Möller, co-editor, Journal of Children’s Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana—Champaign

Angela M. Wiseman, co-editor, Journal of Children’s Literature, North Carolina State University