News and Announcements

Round the Globe: Travel Routes of Children's Literature Website Launch

This collaborative project investigates how children's literature's history was shaped by transnational trade, colonization, and evangelism, as well as diverse local innovations and responses. We... View »

Congratulations to Lauren Clark, Sierra Posey, and Patricia Jackson, the 2021 Children's Lit Paper Prize Winners!

We're happy to announce this year's Children's Literature Paper Prize winners! They are:

1st Prize:

Lauren Clark for “Welcome to Mr. Kraus’s Neighborhood: Understanding Elements of... View »

A Talk by Children's Author, Amy Alznauer

Join us for a talk by children's author, Amy Alznauer on March 18 from 4:00-5:30 pm. Register at: https://pitt.... View »

Professor Lori Campbell's Harry Potter Class Recognized for Excellent Adaptation to the Online Environment
Talk by Kaniqua Robinson, "Silencing Their Stories: The Politics of Memory and Race in the Public Memorialization of a State Reform School"

On Friday October 23 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Dr. Kaniqua Robinson (Visiting Assistant Professor, Africana Studies) will give a talk that explores the silencing of Black experiences in the public... View »

Dr. Rebekah Fitzsimmons, Chat with Grad Students and Faculty, "So You Want to Take Up Herding Cats; Or, How to Put Together an Academic Edited Collection"

On October 14 from 12:00-1:00pm, Rebekah Fitzsimmons will chat with graduate students and faculty about how (and when) to put together an edited collection!

Register here:
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Talk by Dr. Rebekah Fitzsimmons, "Moving Beyond the Blockbusters: Diversifying Children's Literature Studies with the Overlooked and Understudied"

Dr. Rebekah Fitzsimmons (Assistant Teaching Professor, CMU) will be visiting us virtually this semester to discuss her new edited collection on YA literature, Beyond the Blockbusters: Themes and... View »

Jules Gill-Peterson wins ChLA Book Award!

Congratulations to Jules Gill-Peterson, who has won the Children's Literature Association Book Award for Histories of the Transgender Child! The ChLA committee chose this book for the award... View »

Doctoral student Sreemoyee Dasgupta wins Judith Plotz Emerging Scholar Award!

Congratulations to Sreemoyee Dasgupta for winning the Judith Plotz Emerging Scholar from the Children's Literature Association! This award recognizes a particularly promising new scholar who has... View »

Dr. Tyler Bickford Publishes New Book, Tween Pop: Children's Music and Public Culture

Dr. Tyler Bickford has published a new book on tween media, Tween Pop: Children's Music and Public Culture (Duke University Press, 2020).

From the publisher's website: "In the early years... View »

Congratulations to Ella Marston and Pauline Bayotas, 2020 Children's Lit Paper Prize winners!

Our Awards committee has decided to recognize two exceptional papers for the Children's Literature Paper Prize competition in 2020:

1st Place ($300) goes to Ella Marston for her paper, "... View »

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 Research 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 »