The Children’s Literature Association (ChLA) is a non-profit association of scholars, critics, professors, students, librarians, teachers and institutions dedicated to the academic study of literature for children. For our members, children’s literature includes books, films, and other media created for, or adopted by, children and young adults around the world, past, present, and future.
ChLA supports two peer-reviewed scholarly journals published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, Children’s Literature and the Children’s Literature Association Quarterly.
Since 1973 the Association has sponsored the annual Children’s Literature Association Conference; conferences have been held throughout the United States, Canada, and France.
The Association recognizes exceptional scholarship in and service to the field of children’s literature by annually selecting recipients for awards promoting international scholarship; honoring undergraduate, graduate, and faculty scholarship; honoring lifetime service to the field; and celebrating works of literature for children of high literary merit.
About the International Committee
The International Committee actively pursues the internationalization of North American children's literature research by broadening the spectrum of primary and secondary literature discussed at the annual meetings and in the publications of ChLA. The committee assembles a special country focus panel at the Association's annual conference and selects the recipient of ChLA's International Sponsorship Grant.
Composition of the Committee
The International Committee consists of six rotating members elected for three-year terms and a chair appointed by the President with the approval of the Executive Board for a term of three years. Terms begin immediately following the ChLA annual business meeting.