Journal profile

Children’s Literature in English Language Education
Editor-in-chief: Janice Bland

Associate Editors:
Nayr Ibrahim
Bill Templer

Reviews editor:
David Valente

Web editor: Ina Batzke


Editor Emerita: Sandie Mourão

Sponsors: Christiane Lütge, Chair of TEFL, University of Munich, Germany and Janice Bland, Faculty of Education and Arts, Nord University, Norway

Children’s Literature in English Language Education is a new, bi-annual, comprehensively peer-reviewed online journal for scholars, teacher educators and practitioners involved in using and researching children’s literature in the field of English learning as a second, additional or foreign language. The journal investigates children’s literature as an art form, and as a framework with which to connect L2 literature teaching across the school years. The scope covers the affordances of children’s literature for L2 acquisition with pre-school infants through to young adults.

Children’s Literature in English Language Education will consider contributions on all forms of children’s literature: fiction and non-fiction, oral storytelling and picturebooks, fairy tales and poetry, comics and graphic novels, educational drama and plays for children and young adults, children’s films and language learner literature. Contributions are solicited that cover the theory or practice of children’s literature in the English language classroom, encompassing the sharing of research projects and results, in-depth textual analysis and interpretation, teaching ideas as well as writing and adapting literature for second language education on any of the following topics:

  • visual literacy
  • critical literacy
  • reader-response theory
  • intercultural competence and ideology issues
  • gender and diversity issues
  • literary language play and children’s creative writing
  • the canon of literary texts for TEFL
  • teacher education, methodologies and materials design


Open Access Statement

Children’s Literature in English Language Education is committed to immediate open access for scholarship. All of the journal’s articles and book reviews are free to access from the date of publication. There are no publishing fees prior to publication or following publication, and no charge for the downloading of articles and book reviews for scholarly use. To facilitate this the  CLELEjournal depends upon the goodwill of its Editorial Team, and the continuing support of its network of peer reviewers comprising the Editorial Review Board. The CLELEjournal operates under the Creative Commons Licence CC-BY-NC-SA. This allows for the noncommercial reproduction of articles – with the appropriate citation of the author and the CLELEjournal as place of original publication – free of charge.

All authors publishing with the CLELEjournal accept these as the terms of publication. Please note that copyright of the content of all articles and book reviews remains with the designated author.

Biodata of the Editorial Team

Professor Janice Bland is teacher educator and researcher in English Education at Nord University, Norway. Her main interests are children’s and young adult literature in ELT, multiple literacies and deep reading, creative writing and drama methodology.

Nayr Ibrahim is Associate Professor of English Subject Pedagogy at Nord University in Norway. She has over 25 years of experience in English and bilingual education in Portugal, Paris, Cairo, Hong Kong and now Norway. Her research interests include early language learning, bi/multilingualism, multiple literacies, language and identity, learning to learn, intercultural citizenship, children’s literature in ELT and children’s language rights.

Prof. Dr. Christiane Lütge holds the Chair of Teaching English as a Foreign Language at the English Department of Munich University, Germany. Her main areas of interest include literature and culture in the EFL classroom, media literacy, children’s literature in language education, teaching Shakespeare and foreign language teacher education.

Bill Templer is a Chicago-born educator with research interests in the politics of English as a lingua franca, critical pedagogy, minority studies and social justice issues in EFL. He is active within BETA and GISIG in IATEFL, and is based as an independent researcher in eastern Bulgaria.

David Valente is a doctoral candidate in English Language and Literature Subject Pedagogy at Nord University, Norway as well as Coordinator of the IATEFL Young Learners and Teenagers Special Interest Group.  He has over 20 years’ experience in TEYL and his special interests include YL teacher education and children’s literature in ELT.


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