ChLA Core Values


Encouraging high standards of criticism, scholarship, research, and teaching in children’s literature.


Inclusivity: We support scholarship and pedagogy on the range of literary and cultural productions for young people, including work in young adult literature, children’s literature, cultural studies, digital media, adaptation, as well as youth-produced texts.

Diversity: We embrace our responsibility to the diversity of childhoods by supporting scholarship on work by Indigenous, Black, and people of color creators, and scholarship that engages disability studies, religious and class diversity, and gender and sexual identities. We support scholars who are located within these communities.

Integrity: We support  equity, social justice, and accessible space and opportunity, and we work to build a community that offers a transparent, equitable, forward-thinking implementation of our mission. We support the academic freedom of international children’s literature scholars to pursue their work without interference.

Development: We value new ways of thinking and innovative approaches to the field; we welcome members of all ranks and positions, support emerging scholars entering critical conversations, and seek to advance the success of all scholars in our field.

Celebration: We recognize the lasting value of works for children by awarding the Phoenix Award and Phoenix Picture Book Award; we honor those authors and illustrators whose work has impacted the field of study.  We recognize significant contributions in scholarship and/or service to the field of children's literature and hold mentors in high esteem.

Posted: 8.21.20