Academic journal article Journal of Children's Literature

President's Message

Academic journal article Journal of Children's Literature

President's Message

Article excerpt

DEAR MEMBERS OF THE CHILDREN'S LITERATURE ASSEMBLY,

The theme for this issue of the Journal of Childrens Literature, "Bringing Children and Books Together," is a perfect invitation to reflect on the colorful threads, patterns, and textures that are woven through the tapestry of our profession and our passion: children's literature. This theme also reminds us that a child's encounter with that tapestry is an active one, rooted in both time and place. As readers young and old, we pause for a moment in our lives to hold the cloth, to gaze at the images before us, and to become part of a fabric that connects us.

The dynamics of time and place in this equation infuse the child's literary experience with the raw immediacy of the here and now. For so many in our lives, this has been a year of pain and struggle, with tragedy striking innocent children and families by acts of nature and of man. It seemed impossible for me to avoid addressing this context as I considered our theme for this issue; it is those very moments of crisis that drive our search for meaning and understanding.

Given the breadth and diversity of a nearly infinite range of child readers, there is no one answer to the role that books can play for the child, particularly during troubling times. Rather, a nod to the very different purposes that children's literature can serve helps illustrate its potential. It is about the many varied ways that children connect to literature, and to themselves, as they forge their path in an uncertain world.

Some children may wish to learn more about the awe-inspiring powers of nature-forces that have shaped continents, built mountains, and filled oceans. …

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