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,

In her essay "Peace and the Imagination," Katherine Paterson (1989) wrote the following:

All of us here are committed to literacy. We believe every person in the world has the basic right to learn how to read and write. But we must not be content to teach merely the decoding of words. Of course, it is good to be able to decipher street signs. It is important to determine which bus to catch to go to work. Everyone should be able to understand the directions for operating a piece of machinery. But our goal for those we teach must be much more than simple decoding. It must be true literacy-the kind of freeing experience that Frederick Douglass was talking about when the mind is cut loose and the imagination soars. (pp. 160-161)

For 40 years, the Children's Literature Assembly (CLA) has dedicated itself to true literacy. Twice each year, the Journal of Children's Literature publishes the latest research in the field, interviews with award-winning children's authors and illustrators, and reviews of the latest children's books and professional books in the field of children's literature. At the annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English, attendees rely on the CLA to host sessions that spark conversations among advocates of children's literature from all walks of life: authors, illustrators, publishers, scholars, and classroom teachers, to name a few. Additionally, the CLA awards grants to those studying children's literature and honors outstanding children's books through the selection of the Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts. …

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