International Association
of School Librarianship

Children's and Young Adult Literature SIG

Chair: Dr. Kasey Garrison,
Lecturer Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW Australia


  1. to exchange information about current developments in the field, including collection development, author awareness, publisher access and issues;
  2. to share methods of promoting literature with children and young adults for their love of reading;
  3. to discuss methods of developing an appreciation of the place of literature in personal development and in the curriculum process;
  4. to report trends in children and young adult reading interests;
  5. to identify research and research needs related to children and young adult literature;
  6. to consider and report on literature in alternative media formats and their impact on school librarianship;
  7. to operate the IASL Books for Children program in collaboration with the IASL Awards Chairperson;
  8. to organize the International Book Exhibit and Award at the annual IASL conference.

Potential activities

  1. to disseminate information on the range of international and national awards related to children's literature;
  2. to identify curriculum sources for facilitating teaching and learning centring on children's and young adult literature;
  3. to identify children's and young adult literature web sites;
  4. to establish links with author and illustrator groups;
  5. to publish success stories on approaches to promoting reading and literature appreciation;
  6. to identify research in children's literature, both published and work in progress;
  7. to discuss research needs;
  8. to discuss significant issues such as censorship, students as authors, intellectual property;
  9. to identify sources of reviews of children's literature, both electronic and in print.
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