2021 Phoenix Call for Papers

Call for Roundtable Participants:
Phoenix Award Session

Deadline: October 5, 2020

 48th Annual Children's Literature Association Conference
Hosted by Emory, Georgia Tech, and Savannah College of Art and Design
June 10-12, 2021

The Phoenix Award Committee and the Phoenix Picture Book Award Committee of the Children's Literature Association are planning a joint session at the 48th Children's Literature Association Conference, on June 10-12, 2021, hosted by Emory, Georgia Tech, and Savannah College of Art and Design. The Phoenix Awards recognize exceptional books published twenty years previously that did not win a major award at the time, but that the committees have determined to be of lasting value.

The 2001/2021 Phoenix Award goes to Alyssa Brugman for Finding Grace (Allen & Unwin 2001). The Phoenix Honors go to Tony Johnston for Any Small Goodness (Scholastic 2001) and Chris Crutcher for Whale Talk (HarperCollins 2001). The 2001/2021 Phoenix Picture Book Award goes to Grace Lin for Dim Sum for Everyone! (Alfred A. Knopf 2001). The Picture Book Honors go to Francisco X. Alarcón and Maya Christina Gonzalez for Iguanas in the Snow and Other Winter Poems/Iguanas en la nieve y otros poemas de invierno (Children’s Book Press 2001) and Shaun Tan for The Red Tree (Thomas C. Lothian 2001).

For 2021, this session will take the form of a roundtable rather than a traditional panel to encourage more discussion and interaction among presenters and attendees. Roundtable organizers seek 250-word proposals for 5-8 minutes’ worth of remarks that focus scholarly or pedagogical attention on the winning and honor books, particularly as they relate to the conference theme of The Arcade, public and private spaces, and accessibility. We will invite our 2021 Phoenix authors and illustrators to attend and hope that they will join in the roundtable discussion.

Proposals are due by October 5, 2020, to the two chairs: Phoenix Committee Chair Gabrielle Halko ([email protected]) and Phoenix Picture Book Committee Chair Ramona Caponegro ([email protected]).

Authors will be notified by October 10, 2020, if their proposals have been selected as part of the roundtable. Please note that participation in the roundtable does not preclude submitting a proposal for an additional full-length paper on a different topic. The call deadline for the 2021 ChLA conference is October 15, 2020.

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