Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature (ISSN 0006 7377) is a refereed journal published quarterly by IBBY International.

Bookbird, Vol. 57, No.2: Reading Globally

A Journal of International Children’s Literature

Bookbird aims to communicate new ideas to the community of readers interested in children’s books and is open to any topic in the field of international children’s literature. Bookbird also includes themed issues for which the editor will post calls for manuscripts on the IBBY website. Bookbird also includes news of IBBY projects and events which are highlighted in the Focus IBBY column. Other regular features include coverage of children’s literature studies and children’s literature awards around the world as well as reading promotion projects worldwide.

News from Bookbird Inc. President

This is a very special year for Bookbird as we celebrate our 60th birthday. This makes us one of the longest running international children’s literature journals–perhaps even the longest. Our journal serves a very wide children’s book community around the world, bringing together discussions about current trends and developments in children’s literature, along with information about literacy development projects in many regions and news of activities in national sections–all furthering the aims of IBBY. The board of Bookbird, Inc. as well as editors, past and present, are proud of our record, and even if we can’t meet all of you in person, we hope you will join us in spirit as we celebrate this auspicious year

Bookbird Editorial Team 2019-2022

The Board of Bookbird, Inc. is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Janelle Mathis and Dr. Petros Panaou as the editors of Bookbird: a Journal of International Children’s Literature, with effect from 2019 to 2022. Read full IBBY Statement here.

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Call for submissions

Issue 58.1 / School in Children’s Literature & Children’s Literature in School.

Bookbird is inviting submissions in all categories (academic articles; letters; postcards; children and their books; authors and their books). Read more here:

Full papers should be submitted to the editors, Petros Panaou and Janelle Mathis by July 1, 2019.


How to subscribe

Issues of Bookbird from 2008 onwards are available by online subscription through Project Muse: Subscription rates are detailed here.

Contents of Bookbird issues 2018-2019

Bookbird, Vol. 57, No.1: Negotiating Agency, Voice, and Identity through Literature
Bookbird, Vol. 57, No. 2: Reading Globally

Bookbird, Vol. 56, No. 1: Translation and Transmedia
Bookbird, Vol. 56, No. 2: “East Meets West”
Bookbird, Vol. 56, No. 3: Hans Christian Andersen Award Winners
Bookbird, Vol. 56, No. 4: Diverse approaches to children’s literature

For contents of Bookbird issues 2013 to 2019, visit Back issues of Bookbird from 1963 to 2013 are available to download from the IBBY Archives at ALO.

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