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Visual arts are important to children’s literature. This importance is most obvious in the way books are illustrated, in picture books, and in movies and cartoons. This conference will look at the various forms this relationship between visual arts and children’s literature takes.

Proposals are invited for papers and panel discussions on this topic. Topics may include:

  • modern children’s book illustration
  • classic illustrators
  • illustrations and illustrators that cross borders and barriers between cultures
  • relationships between different art forms and books for children

Papers or Panel Discussions should allot no more than 30 minutes for each presentation, including a 20-minute presentation and a 10-minute discussion. All papers are required to be written and presented in English. Please submit 500-word abstracts, saved as “abstract – [your name]”, by email with the subject line “Abstract for Children’s Literature Conference”. Be sure also to send your abstract with the abstract submission form (without your name on the second page for the abstract) by e-mail to

Venue: Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, Tunghai University, Taichung City 40704, Taichung Harbor Road Section 3 No. 181, TAIWAN

Important Dates:
Due date for abstract submission: 28 February 2009
Announcement of abstract acceptance: 15 March 2009
Due date for full paper submission: 15 April 2009

We plan to publish a selection of papers in a monograph. After the conference, presenters will get the chance to revise their papers and these revised full papers will be blind reviewed and those accepted will be published in a monograph.

Contact Phone Number: 04-2359 0121 Ext. 31200 Sherry Jan (Assistant) or Ext. 31218 (Dr. Mieke K.T. Desmet, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department)
Fax: 04-23594002

CFP – Children’s Literature and Visual Arts