About ChLA

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.

International Committee Members

Texas State University, 2020-2023

Nithya Sivashankar, Chair

Nithya Sivashankar is an Assistant Professor of English at Texas State University, and has a Ph.D. in Literature for Children and Young Adults with a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in South Asian Studies and a Minor in English. She has previously worked as an editor at Karadi Tales, a children’s publishing house in India. She was awarded the 2017-2018 Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop Scholarship for Research in Children’s Literature. Her work on international and diverse narratives for youth, illustrated books, narratology, and dramatic inquiry has appeared, or is forthcoming in the journals, English Teaching: Practice & Critique (2016), Research on Diversity in Youth Literature (2019), Children's Literature in Education (2019), and The ALAN Review (2021), and in edited collections such as Engaging Critically with Multicultural Young Adult Literature in the Secondary Classroom (2019), Immigrant Experiences: Expanding the School-Home-Community Dialogue (2019), and Literary Cultures and Twentieth Century Childhoods (2020).

Middle Tennessee State University, 2018-2021

Poushali Bhadury

Poushali Bhadury is an Assistant Professor of Children’s Literature at the Department of English, Middle Tennessee State University. Her research and teaching interests are Comparative Children’s Literature, Postcolonial Studies, South Asian Book History, and Digital Humanities. Her current book project, The Home and the World in (Post)Colonial Print Culture: Deb Sahitya Kutir and Bengali Children’s Publishing (1940-1975) investigates nationalism and global consciousness in Indian children’s publishing, focusing on the Kolkata publishing house Deb Sahitya Kutir’s literary output during the 1940s-70s.


Poushali has been awarded research grants and fellowships from the Children’s Literature Association (ChLA), the International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL), and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, among others. Her publications include articles in the Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, South Asian Review, and The Lion and the Unicorn.

University of West Georgia, 2018-2021

Danilo M. Baylen

Danilo M. Baylen is a tenured professor of instructional technology at the College of Education, University of West Georgia (USA). Born in the Philippines, he studies contemporary Filipino children's books, and writes about visual representation and narrative in Asian children's literature. He also conducts research and publishes on effective technology integration practices in the classrooms, and visual and media literacy education in multiple international and national peer-reviewed journals. 

Dr. Baylen completed his doctoral studies in instructional technology from Northern Illinois University (USA). He also earned graduate degrees in elementary studies (Florida Gulf Coast University), library and information studies (University of Alabama), and counseling (Northern Illinois University). He received his undergraduate degree from the School of Economics at the University of the Philippines Diliman.

In 2015, he co-edited a book titled, Essentials of Teaching and Integrating Visual and Media Literacy published by Springer. The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) recognized the edited book with the 2016 James Brown Publication Award. Currently, he serves as editor-in-chief of The Books of Selected Readings of the International Visual Literacy Association. In addition, he sits on multiple editorial boards such as, the Journal of International Students (Associate Editor), TechTrendsQuarterly Review of Distance EducationWVSU Research Journal to name a few.


Dr. Baylen’s involvement in international and professional organization includes serving as the AECT International Division president. He is the incoming president of the Georgia Association of Instructional Technology. His work and contributions to the field of educational technology and visual media have been recognized by various entities through scholarships, fellowships, and awards.

Finally, he served as a visiting education professor at West Visayas State University (the Philippines, 2016) and Chulalongkorn University (Thailand, 2017-2018); and visiting scholar at Pannasastra University of Cambodia (2018).

Humboldt-University, 2019-2022

Ada Bieber

Ada Bieber, PhD, is a Lecturer in the Department of German Literature at Humboldt-University, Berlin. Ada is the author of a monograph on James Krüss' 'Tales of 101 Days' (2012), co-editor of an edited volume on modern robinsonades, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Her research areas are German and international children’s and youth literature and film, including political literature, Holocaust and exile, East German children’s narratives, picture books, and downriver narratives. She has also served on the jury for the German Youth Literature Award (2013-15), on the ChLA Publications Advisory Board (2017-2018), and is currently member of the Academic Advisory Board for the German Yearbook Children’s and Youth Literature (2017-21). 

Kansas State University, 2020-2023

Anuja Madan

Anuja Madan is Assistant Professor at the Department of English, Kansas State University, where she teaches courses in world literature, cultural studies, global comics, and children’s literature. She received her Ph.D. in English from University of Florida and her M.Phil. and M.A. in English from Delhi University. Her co-authored book, Notes of Running Feet: English in Primary Textbooks (with Prof. Rimli Bhattacharya, Sreyoshi Sarkar, and Nivedita Basu) grew out of a group study of Indian English-language textbooks. She has published articles on English-language picturebook adaptations of the Indian epic Mahabharata, redactions of classics in Indian textbooks, and Jean-Luc Godard's films. Her recent articles include one on a graphic novel retelling of the Indian epic Ramayana, published in Graphic Novels for Young Adults and Children: a Collection of Critical Essays (2017), edited by Michelle Ann Abate and Gwen Athene Tarbox, and another on contemporary Indian animation films for children, which appears in The Routledge Companion to International Children’s Literature (2017), edited by John Stephens, Celia Abicalil Belmiro, Alice Curry, et al.

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 2020-2023

Vera Veldhuizen

Vera Veldhuizen is assistant professor in both European Languages and Cultures, and Arts, Media, Culture at the University of Groningen. Previously she attended Cambridge University for her PhD in children's literature, with Homerton College and the Faculty of Education, supervised by Maria Nikolajeva. She holds a BA from  University College Roosevelt and an MSc in Literature and Society from Edinburgh University.

Her research is focused on cognitive approaches to children's literature. Her PhD was on empathy, ethics and justice construction children's war literature. Her current project is on the impact and complexity of contrasting truth narratives in children's literature. She has presented her research at many international conferences and through several peer reviewed publications.

Penn State University, 2020-2023

Maria Truglio

Maria Truglio received her B.A. from Wesleyan University and Ph.D. from Yale University. She is Professor of Italian and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Penn State (University Park). Her research investigates Italian literature from the nineteenth century to the present day with attention to questions of gender and national identity formation. She focuses on the field of children’s literature, bringing psychoanalytic, post-structuralist, and postcolonial methodologies to bear on texts written for young people from the unification period forward. Her first book, Beyond the Family Romance: The Legend of Pascoli (U of Toronto P, 2007) examined the works of the canonical Symbolist poet Giovanni Pascoli through a psychoanalytic lens, with attention to his conception of childhood. Her monograph Italian Children’s Literature and National Identity: Childhood, Melancholy, Modernity (Routledge, 2017) analyzed books for young readers in the period between unification and fascism (1861-1922). With Nicolás Fernández-Medina she co-edited the volume Modernism and the Avant-garde Body in Spain and Italy (Routledge, 2016), which includes her discussion of Massimo Bontempelli's 1922 magical realist children's book. She is now researching how contemporary Italian children’s literature ascribes meanings to the “Mediterranean migration crisis” in light of Italy’s postcolonial context, and contributed an essay on this topic to the Children's Literature Association Quarterly special issue on refugees.

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