Research on Diversity in Youth Literature




Call for Papers for the inaugural issue of a new youth literature research journal

Mission: The mission of Research on Diversity in Youth Literature is to publish scholarship attending to issues of diversity, equity, social justice, inclusion, and intersectionality in youth literature, culture, and media.

Research on Diversity in Youth Literature (RDYL) is a peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal hosted by St. Catherine University’s Master of Library and Information Science Program and University Library. It will be published two times a year, with the first issue to be published on June 1, 2018.

For our inaugural issue, we welcome submissions by #OwnVoices (underrepresented persons writing about topics related to their lived experiences) from all disciplines engaging with Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop’s article “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors” (1990). Almost thirty years after its initial publication, how have youth literature and the practices surrounding it (scholarship, publishing, programming, teaching, and circulation) responded to, taken up, and/or ignored Dr. Bishop’s framework and call to action?

Please submit complete essays to co-editors Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen ( and Dr. Gabrielle Atwood Halko ( by December 1, 2017. Essays must be between 5,000-8,000 words, including notes and citations, and use APA Style.

Editorial Board
Poushali Bhadury, Middle TN State University
Sarah Park Dahlen, St. Catherine University
Gabrielle Atwood Halko, West Chester University
Catherine Kelly, St. Catherine University
Michelle H. Martin, University of Washington
Lara Saguisag, College of Staten Island/CUNY
Joe Sutliff Sanders, Kansas State University
Katharine Slater, Rowan University
Advisory Board
Edith Campbell, Indiana State University Library
Katharine Capshaw, University of Connecticut
Karen Chandler, University of Louisville
Amina Chaudhri, Northeastern Illinois University
Thomas Crisp, Georgia State University
Zetta Elliott, Independent Scholar and Writer
K.T. Horning, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Laura Jiménez, Boston University
Marilisa Jiménez García, Lehigh University
Jason Low, Lee & Low Books
Bréanna McDaniel, University of Cambridge
Jamie Naidoo, University of Alabama
Philip Nel, Kansas State University
Ellen Oh, We Need Diverse Books and Writer
Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children’s Literature
Laura Renzi, West Chester University
Gwen Athene Tarbox, Western Michigan University
Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, University of Pennsylvania
Karin Westman, Kansas State University
Kayla Whaley, Disability in KidLit and Writer
Junko Yokota, National-Louis University

This journal is supported by the Children’s Literature Association Diversity Research Grant; the American Library Association Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services; and St. Catherine University.