Call for Manuscripts / Reviewers
Leadership Nominations - Officers and Board of Directors
Leadership Nominations - NBGS Committee
Leadership - Network Opportunities
Nominations for Notable Books for a Global Society
IRA CL/R SIG Board Meeting
Changes in Leadership
Win a Classroom Library!
for Manuscripts / Reviewers
The new editors of The Dragon Lode
are soliciting manuscripts for future issues.
Unthemed, articles on the general topic of children's literature
Deadline: July 15, 2005
Spring 2006 issue:
Response: A Celebration of Literary Genres
Please send manuscripts as an email attachment in Microsoft Word, between
approximately nine and twenty pages in length (double spaced), by the
respective deadline to Dr. Dawna
Lisa Buchanan (firstname.lastname@example.org). Because reviews for
articles are done blind, information identifying the author(s) should
be included only on the title page.
We are also soliciting new reviewers
for The Dragon Lode.
Those interested should email the editors:
Dr. Dawna Lisa Buchanan,
Dr. Kathy Carr, email@example.com
Dr. Ann Powell-Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your interest. In your message, be sure to include:
- Contact information,
- Your interest in serving as a reviewer, and
- Your qualifications
More information about
The Dragon Lode.
Officers and Board of Directors:
Each year the IRA Children's Literature and Reading Special
Interest Group seeks nominations for a VICE PRESIDENT
and THREE NEW MEMBERS
at large of the Board of Directors.
The Vice President serves as an ex-officio
member of the Board of Directors and coordinator of external programs.
He(she) becomes President-elect the following year of his(her) vice presidency
and assumes the Presidency upon expiration of the incumbent President's
Members of the Board of Directors
shall attend two meetings annually and exercise general supervision over
property and affairs of the group.
Nominees must be IRA and IRA CL/R SIG members who
are especially interested in children's literature and literacy. Include
the candidate's resume with the nominating
letter. Self-nominations are encouraged.
Deadline for nominations
February 1, 2006
email@example.com or Deborah.firstname.lastname@example.org
College of New Jersey
For more information about the organization's
operation, see the Bylaws.
Notable Books for a Global Society Committee:
We invite you to join the IRA CL/R SIG's Notable Books for a Global
Society (NBGS) Committee.
The International Reading Association Children's Literature and Reading
Special Interest Group invites applications for membership
to the NOTABLE BOOKS FOR A GLOBAL SOCIETY COMMITTEE.
The Committee chooses 25 Notable Books for a Global Society
Membership in the IRA CL/R SIG and the International
Interest in Multicultural Issues in Children's
Attendance at both SIG meetings and committee meetings held during
the IRA and NCTE annual conventions
Reading and Evaluating Books
Writing Annotations for Publication
If you are interested, send a letter
of interest and
your curriculum vitae by January 1,
Dr. Sue Corbin, Chair for NBGS Committee
Shaker Middle School, OH
Children's Literature Advocates!
Are you interested in promoting
the development of literacy through children's literature via NETWORKING?
THEN, join the IRA CL/R SIG's Network via
the World Wide Web.
The possibilities are endless.(click
here for ideas)
1. Be a member in good standing
of the IRA CL/R SIG
2. Regularly use an email account
3. Have a desire to share information about children's literature
As Network members, your names and contact information (email
address and URL of your choice; and address and phone number if requested
in writing) will be posted on our Website <http://www.csulb.edu/org/childrens-lit>
Charter members of the Network have been posted! YOU can be among them!
:NOTIFY the IRA CL/R SIG Network Coordinator of your desire to be part
of this Network NOW!
send the following to the IRA
CL/R SIG Network Coordinator:
City / State(Province) / Zip Code / Country (You will be listed
in more than one place if applicable)
Institutional Affiliation (if applicable)
IRA number and expiration date (click
here to join IRA)
Date of expiration of Dragon Lode subscription (click
here to subscribe)
URL of your website (if you have one)
Dr. Marianne Saccardi
IRA CL/R SIG Network Coordinator
Notable Books for a Global Society (NBGS)
Through November of each year, the Notable Books for a
Global Society Committee accepts nominations for outstanding books
(suitable for preschool children through students in the 12th grade) for
the next annual list of Notable Books for a Global
Books must meet one or more criteria from
Portray cultural accuracy and authenticity of characters in terms
- physical characteristics,
- intellectual abilities and problem solving capabilities,
- leadership and cooperative dimensions, and
- social and economic status;
Be rich in cultural details;
Honor and celebrate diversity as well as common bonds in humanity;
Provide in-depth treatment of cultural issues;
Include characters within a cultural group or between two or more
cultural groups who interact substantively and authentically;
Include members of a "minority" group for a purpose other
than filling a "quota."
Books must meet all the following criteria:
Invite reflection, critical analysis, and response;
Demonstrate unique language or style;
Meet generally accepted criteria or quality for the genre in which
they are written; and
Have an appealing format and be of enduring quality.
Books must be the most recent copyright date. For example, books published
in 2005 may be nominated through November 2005. The 25 books selected
by the committee become the Notable Books for a Global Society with the
following year designation (i.e., 2005 copyright books will be 2006 Notable
To nominate a book, send the
Illustrator, if applicable
to the Chair
of the Notable Books for a Global Society Committee.
CL/R SIG Board Meeting
The IRA Board of Directors meets annually at
the NCTE Convention in November and at the IRA convention in May. Specific
details of the meetings are provided by the President. To suggest agenda
items, contact the President.
Congratulations to our newly-elected Vice
President, Ms. Carolyn Angus, who
will serve in this post from 2005-06, then will move up in subsequent
years to President-Elect, President, and Past President. Thanks
for their continuing leadership to the other executive officers who are
moving up to new positions this year: Dr.
Marquee Siera, our new President, Dr. April
Whatley Bedford, our new President-elect, and Dr.
JoAnn Brewer, our new Past President.
We also extend our warm welcome to our three newly-elected
Board of Directors members who will each serve three-year
terms (2005-08): Dr. Joanna R. Jones, Black
Hills State University, Spearfish, SD; Belinda Louie,
University of Washington, Tacoma, and Dr. Marianne
Saccardi , Greenwich, CT. Dr. Saccardi
will also serve as our Network Coordinator.
The Board also extends its sincere thanks to those who
have completed three years of service as members-at-large of the Board,
Nancy L. Hadaway, Sylvia
P. Maxson, and Sharon M. Peck.
Congratulations to our new Dragon
Lode Editors, Dr. Dawna Lisa Buchanan,
Dr. Kathryn Carr, and Dr.
Ann Powell-Brown, all from Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg,
MO. Thanks also for the tremendous accomplishments of the previous
editors, Dr. Helen Abadiano and Dr.
Catherine Kurkjian of Center al Connecticut State University.
A hearty welcome to Dr. Marianne Saccardi
who will serve as our Network Coordinator, allowing Dr.
Kaye West to concentrate her efforts on managing the website.
Notable Books for a Global
Congratulations to our newly-appointed members of the
Notable Books for a Global Society Committee: Dr.
April Bedford, Dr. JoAnn Brewer, and
Dr. Janelle Mathis! Dr.
Sue Corbin is the Chair for the 2005-06 list.
Membership on committees changes from year to year as well.
This organization functions well because of the many volunteer members
who serve on the various committees. We thank the chairs for their
vision and tireless dedication and all committee members for their service.
The best way to get involved in this organization is to volunteer to serve
on a committee. Contact
the chair of a committee of interest to become involved.
Winners of a
Congratulations to two lucky gals, Dr.
Ann Powell-Brown and Dr. Louanne Jacobs,
who each won a classroom library*
of 25 new hardback juvenile literature collections valued at $500 and
targeted to the grade level of interest of the respective winners at the
drawing held at the program of the IRA CL/R SIG at the IRA convention
in San Antonio on May 5, 2005, as part of a spring membership campaign.
The collections were generously donated by publishers.
Names were drawn at the IRA
CL/R SIG session at the IRA Convention in San Antonio. Participants
did not need to be present to win, and the books are shipped to the winners.
Everyone subscribing to The
Dragon Lode is a winner because they help the organization
while they help themselves stay in touch with some of the latest developments
in children's literature. Thanks to everyone who participated.
Click here for details for subscribing
to The Dragon Lode and joining the IRA Children's
Literature and Reading SIG. Join today and
encourage your colleagues and friends to do the same.
||Dr. Janet Bercik of
||Jacqueline LaRose of
||April Whatley Bedford of
New Orleans, LA
is it important to have a classroom library? IRA President
(2003-04) Lesley Mandel Morrow states that
research indicates children in classrooms with literature collections
read 50% more books than children in classrooms without such collections!
Morrow, Lesley Mandel. (2003). Motivating lifelong voluntary reading.
In J. Flood, D. Lapp, J.R. Squires, & J. M. Jensen (Eds.), Handbook
of research on teaching the English language arts (pp. 857-867).
Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers.
Members of the IRA CL/R SIG, grateful for contributions to
the IRA CL/R SIG which they made, are saddened by the death of the following
Diane Bushner, IRA CL/R SIG President-Elect
For her obituary, go to <http://www.SalemFuneral.com>.
At the dialog box "Past Obituary Search Archive," type "Bushner"
in the appropriate box and click "search." When Diane E.
Bushner, Ed.D. appears, click on her name to read her obituary.
David Gordon Melton, Author/Illustrator
and Creative Director of Landmark
©2002 IRA Childrens Literature
and Reading Special Interest Group (IRA CL/R SIG).
All rights reserved. Website:
Dr. Kaye West, Webmanager
June 1, 2005