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Our Mission
The Mission of the Children´s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group is to promote the educational use of children's books by focusing on recently published children's literature, supportive professional books, issues relative to children's literature, and current research findings.
President - Allen Evans

The Dragon Lode

Printable Call For Manuscripts CLICK HERE

As editors of The Dragon Lode we invite all those interested in bringing children and their literature together to submit articles for publication in future issues. We request scholarly articles of interest to teachers, librarians, researchers, and authors, practical ones grounded in current theory and research, or teaching strategies as they relate to Childrenís Literature in the Classroom, Home- School Connection, Bridges to Content Knowledge, Current Issues in Childrenís Literature and Reading, Exploration of Authors and Illustrators, and Special Themes.

Union general William Sherman is quoted to have said “War is all hell.” This is particularly true for children living in countries rife with the violence of war and terrorism. Their homes, their friends, their families and their physical and mental well-being are the collateral damage of adults’ inability to solve differences without violence. How has children’s literature portrayed the sobering topics of war and terrorism? For this issue, we seek manuscripts that explore ways in which children’s literature can help children to understand today’s world. For this issue of The Dragon Lode, we want to explore children’s literature that focuses on war or terrorism. We encourage submissions from all genres of literature and suitable for various ages. Submission deadline: November 15, 2017.

Fall 2017-Open Theme
We invite manuscripts that explore contemporary issues and questions, genre study, literary theory, and research related to children’s literature and reading.

Spring 2017
We invite manuscripts that explore contemporary issues and questions, genre study, literary theory, and research related to children’s literature and reading. Submission deadline: October 31, 2016.

Fall 2016-The Future of Reading for Pleasure
What has happened to children’s reading for pleasure in the age of the Common Core, high stakes testing, leveling and racing to the top? Statistics reveal some improvement in elementary reading test scores, but at what price?  In a work daringly entitled Readicide, Kelly Gallagher explored the many ways in which we smother children’s love of reading for pleasure in our well-meaning but often misguided attempts to improve test scores. Since the publication of Gallagher’s book in 2009, the ELA Common Core State Standards have become the foundation of literacy instruction in the majority of the country.
Teaching complex texts, close reading, using more informational texts and test-taking activities have become the raison d’être for teaching reading in grades K-6. Do we destroy children’s natural love of reading nonfiction by overemphasizing informational texts solely to meet grade level percentages prescribed by the Common Core? Has being overly concerned with test scores made us forget that good books are for reading and not doing “things” with them such as teaching synonyms, author’s purpose or main idea? How can we ensure that our students will neither be illiterate or aliterate?  We invite manuscripts that address the issues of overanalyzing children’s books and the challenges of creating life-long readers in a test-driven world. Submission deadline: May 1, 2016.

Spring 2016- Celebrating Poetry
As a genre, poetry is an enigmatic big tent. Inside this big tent one can find, among others, Byron, Keats, Brooks, Whitman, Tennyson, Dickinson, Giovanni, and Neruda.  Also inside are Grimes, Hoberman, Sidman, Wong, Greenfield, Lewis, Livingston, and many other outstanding children’s poets.  Although some adult critics think poetry for children lacks “gravitas,” the actual difference is only the audiences for which the poetry is written—adult readers versus child readers. Hunt (1999) writes that children’s poetry; as all of children’s literature, is written for a “different audience with different skills, experiences, needs and ways of reading” (p. 3). For this issue of The Dragon Lode, we will explore the wonders of the spoken word—poetry in all shapes and lengths—limericks, biographical poetry, concrete, ballads, and the growing field of informational poetry.  How is poetry faring in the age of the Common Core?  Have children’s preferences changed?  And what about co-mingling poetry with other genres—does the mix enhance or detract from the poems?  We invite your manuscripts that explore the wonderful world of poetry. Submission deadline: October 31, 2015.

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically and should be no longer than 20 double-spaced, typed pages. Use APA (6th edition) formatting. Author’s name, affiliation, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address should be on a separate cover page. Please be judicious in the use of tables, photographs and charts. Photographs and illustrations should be sent as a separate jpeg file. Any reference to the author that would enable the reviewer to know the author’s identity should not appear in the manuscript.

Email manuscripts to: The Dragon Lode