Caucus Race 11.3

The Caucus Race
News, Announcements and Paper Calls

The Looking Glass, Volume 11, Issue 3, 2007

The Children's Book Council of Australia
All the Wild Wonders - The 9th National Conference and EXPO
May 1-5 2008 @ The Melbourne Convention Centre,
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

This conference sets out to explore the various dimensions of children’s books from the craft of the writing, to the illustrator’s art, to the importance of the publisher’s final production. All the Wild Wonders is the title of a song from a capella group Coco’s Lunch, encapsulating the art, and the heart, of books for young people.

Keynote Speakers:
Jack Zipes, Neil Gaiman, Wendy Cooling, Shaun Tan, Jan Ormerod

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ChLA - The Children's Literature Association
ReImagining Normal - The 2008 ChLA Conference
June 12-15 2008 @ Illinois State University,
Normal, Illinois, USA

Call for Papers:
Proposals and papers are invited that explore the potential for change in children’s literature and celebrate expansive (and even explosive) redefinitions of normativity in the twenty-first century. Investigations of historical and contemporary modes and formations are welcome.
We anticipate a conference that problematizes commonly held assumptions and investigates the changing status of childhood, children’s and adolescent literature and culture, verbal and visual representation for/about young audiences, and constructions of diversity.

Please send abstracts of 250-500 words via email to or by regular mail to:
Professor Roberta Seelinger Trites
Department of English 4240
Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790-4240

The deadline for abstracts is January 15, 2008.

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The Looking Glass

The Looking Glass always welcomes submissions for the following sections and columns:

  • Alice's Academy - scholarly articles to be peer reviewed
  • Emerging Voices - articles from university students and other new analysts
  • Jabberwocky - feature articles on all aspects of children's literature
  • Picture Window - articles on illustration and presentation of books
  • Curiouser and Curiouser - notes, observations and quirky items
  • The Caucus Race - news, announcements and paper calls

Volume 12.1 - January 2008
Issue theme - The Dark Side of Children's Literature
Deadline for submissions - October 31 2007

Volume 12.1 - May 2008
Issue theme - Censorship
Deadline for submissions - February 29 2008

Submissions to

The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

ISBN 1551-5680