News and Announcements

Congratulations to Jules Gill-Peterson, winner of a Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award!

Children's lit faculty member, Jules Gill-Peterson, has won a Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award. According to the university announcement, Dr. Gill-Peterson was "honored in the Junior... View »

Robin Chapdelaine Talk on Child Trafficking in the Aftermath of the 1929 Aba Women's War

Child Trafficking in the Aftermath of the 1929 Aba Women's War

Dr. Robin Chapdelaine, Duquesne University

Monday, March 16, 2020 – 4:30-6pm

3703 WWPH

Child trafficking... View »

CANCELLED Book Launch Party for Siobhan Vivian


YA author Siobhan Vivian, who teaches our Writing Youth Literature class, is coming out with a new novel in March called We are the Wildcats (full publisher's... View »

YA Author/Publisher Event with Julie Murphy, Alessandra Balzer, and Siobhan Vivian

On Thursday February 27 from 7:30-9:00 p.m. Pitt is hosting Julie Murphy (author of Dumplin' and other bestselling YA books) and Alessandra Balzer (co-publisher of Balzer + Bray) for An Evening... View »

Congratulations to Rachael Lippincott, alum of Writing Youth Literature, for her NY Times Bestselling YA Book, Five Feet Apart!

Rachael Lippincott (A&S ’17), author of the YA book, Five Feet Apart, recently made the NY Times bestseller list. Lippincott got her start writing for youth in ENGWRT 0540: Writing Youth... View »

Jules Gill-Peterson Book Talk, Histories of the Transgender Child

Children's Lit professor Jules Gill-Peterson will be talking about her book, Histories of the Transgender Child, on October 10 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Hillman Library's Thornburgh Room. This book... View »

Film Screening of Documentary on Trans Youth with Filmmaker Mark Janaval

There will be a screening of Transient: The First 100 Days of Trump by filmmaker Mark Janaval on September 18, 2019 in Cathedral 501. The film follows trans individuals, including trans youth,... View »

Fred Rogers Book Release Event with Alexandra Klaren

Alexandra Klaren is a Pitt PhD alum and author of the forthcoming book, On Becoming Neighbors: The Communications Ethics of Fred Rogers (University of Pittsburgh Press). On November 22, 2019 from... View »

Professor Kathy Newman (CMU) Talk, "Banning Books Means Banning Children's Literature"

Dr. Kathy Newman from CMU will give a talk, "Banning Books Means Banning Children's Literature," on September 16, 2019 from 4:30-6:00 in CL 501.

The talk stems from a course called “Banned... View »

Congratulations to Kate Eldridge, Laura Condon, and Sara Kraus, Children's Literature Paper Prize Winners!

I'm pleased to announce that our Awards committee has decided to recognize three exceptional papers for the Children's Literature Paper Prize competition this year:

1st Place ($300): Kate... View »

"Data and Destitution: Reading the Registers of the Chicago Nursery and Half-Orphan Asylum" A Talk by Karen Sánchez-Eppler

On Monday, April 15th at 4:00pm in 501 CL, Dr. Karen Sánchez-Eppler (Professor, Amherst College) will be giving a talk entitled, "Data and Destitution: Reading the Registers of the Chicago Nursery... View »

Julian Gill-Peterson's Histories of the Transgender Child won the 2019 Lamda Literary Award in Transgender Nonfiction!

Dr. Julian Gill-Peterson's amazing book Histories of the Transgender Child won the 2019 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Gill-Peterson for... View »

Children's Lit Paper Prize: Submissions Due April 1

We are pleased to announce the 2019 Children's Literature Paper Prize contest, for the best paper written in an undergraduate core course.

This year we have $400 in prize money to divvy up... View »

Many Voices, Many Words Panel on Diversity in Fantasy and Sci Fi

Join us for the Many Voices, Many Worlds Panel on Diversity in Fantasy and Science Fiction coming up on March 29 in CL 324. The panel will feature V.E. Schwab, NYTimes Bestselling author of the... View »

"We Know Who We Are": Strategies to Center Queer and Trans Youth in Affirmative Healthcare

On April 5 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in William Pitt Union Dining Room B, Kate Eldridge (an undergraduate student in children's literature and anthropology) will host a panel and Q&A on healthcare... View »