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The Dragon Lode


About The Dragon Lode
Call for Manuscripts
Call for Reviewers
Placing Ads
Subscribing to The Dragon Lode
Ordering Class Sets
Current Editors
Past Editors

About The Dragon Lode

The Dragon Lode (ISSN 1098-6448), a juried journal, is published twice a year by the International Reading Association Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group.

It provides readers with a forum for exchange of ideas concerning the content and teaching of Children’s Literature in the development of literacy.

The Dragon Lode is housed at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg where it is supported by the College of Education and Human Services as well as the Department of Curriculum & Instruction.

Some past issues of The Dragon Lode are available online at


Call for Manuscripts

We invite all those interested in bringing children and their literature together to submit articles for publication. We request scholarly articles that are of interest to teachers as well as practical ones grounded in theory and research. We invite a wide range of submissions focusing on critical issues, research, and/or instructional strategies as they relate to

  • Multicultural literature for children
  • Diversity themes & strategies in litercy education

Please send manuscripts and correspondence to

The Dragon Lode
Attention: Dr. Dawna Lisa Buchanan
Central Missouri State University

Department of Curriculum & Instruction
2134 Lovinger
Warrensburg, MO  64093

Fall 2005 Issue

The new editors of the Dragon Lode are soliciting manuscripts for future issues. The Fall '05 issue will be an unthemed issue. Please send manuscripts on the general topic of children's literature in Microsoft Word, between approximately nine and twenty pages in length, by July 15, 2005, as an email attachment to Dawna Lisa Buchanan (

Spring 2006 Issue

The theme for the Spring '06 issue will be "Reader Response: A Celebration of Literary Genres." Please submit manuscripts in Microsoft Word, between approximately nine and twenty pages in length, by October 15, 2005, as an email attachment to Dawna Lisa Buchanan.


Call for Reviewers

As new editors, we are soliciting new reviewers to update our editorial review board.  Reviewers must be members of this SIG and have and use email.  Those interested in serving in this capacity should send an email including

  • Name,
  • Institution,
  • Contact information,
  • Your interest in serving as a reviewer, and
  • Your qualifications

to the editors: 



Placing Ads

Place an ad in The Dragon Lode to reach discriminating customers while simultaneously assisting a worthwhile organization! Advertise a cause which is dear to your heart! Let someone you care about (and everyone else) know you are thinking of them!

Rates for Donations
• $300 for full page (inside back cover)
• $200 for a full page (placed at editor's discretion),
• $100 for a half page,
• $75 for one-fourth page

For specific dimensions of camera-ready art, deadlines, etc.,
please contact the editor(s of The Dragon Lode.



Subscribing to The Dragon Lode

Subscriptions to The Dragon Lode are available for anyone wishing to purchase the subscription. Those who subscribe and are also members of IRA become members of this special interest group (please be sure to keep us posted of your IRA membership status). We encourage multiple-year subscriptions. Subscription information and checks payable to IRA CL/R SIG should be sent to our treasurer.



Ordering Class Sets

Those wishing to have multiple copies of the same journal for use in a class may place orders in advance of publication. Contact the editor(s) for pricing information.




Our journal gets better and better each year! We welcome our new editorial team, Dr. Dawna Lisa Buchanan, Dr. Kathy Carr, and Dr. Ann Powell-Brown. They are affiliated with Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, MO.



Past Editors

We are indebted to the editors whose work helped to shape The Dragon Lode over the years and whose labor impacted the evolution of our organization as well as the field of literacy and education. We would be grateful to receive copies of some of the early publications to complete our records. Represented in our files are the following:

Helen R. Abadiano and Catherine Kurkjian 2002-05 6 issues 21/1 through 23/2
Catherine Kurkjian and Helen R. Abadiano 1999-2002 6 issues 18/1 through 20/2
Lynnea Brumbaugh-Walter and Beth Spencer
1997-99 4 issues 16/1 through 17/2
Kaye West (Anderson) 1994-97 10 issues 12/3 through 15/3
Cheryl Christian 1988-94 16 issues  
Kathy E. Danielson 1987-88 2 issues  
Kathy E. Danielson and Karla H. Wendelin 1986-87 4 issues  
Mary Robinson 1985-86 1 issue  
Dee Storey 1981-85 3 issues  
J. Schultz and J. Jacobs 1979-81    


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