the Annual IRA Convention
The Dragon Lode
Notable Books for a Global Society
Los Angeles' 100 Best Books
Library Subscription Campaign
Our current projects, in order of their initiation, include
at the Annual IRA Convention
An informative program and annual business meeting
(also known as the Assembly) have been held at the IRA Convention annually
Our refereed journal was first published as a newsletter in 1979 and became
a juried journal in 1984.
Books for a Global Society
This annual project identifies outstanding new
preK-12 multicultural literature to
promote understanding of differences among people as well as our commonalities.
Our first list, of books with 1995 copyright dates, was announced in 1996.
Angeles 100 Best Books
We partner the Los Angeles Unified School Districts Library
Services who annually identify 100 of the most outstanding new preK-12
childrens young adults literature which belongs in every
library and media center. Their recommendations for a balanced library
acquisition program include fiction and all areas of nonfiction represented
in the Dewey Decimal library classification system. The first list (books
published in 1995) was published in The Dragon Lode in 1997.
This project was sanctioned as a partnership by the Board of Directors
at their May meeting, 1999.
We strive to facilitate networking among all those interested
in childrens literature. The idea to sponsor a Network via the WWW
was approved by the Board of Directors in 1997. Our present priorities
a Network Directory
A Childrens Literature Listserve
We encourage every library and media center in the
United States to subscribe to The Dragon Lode so that information
about excellent childrens literature is readily available to teachers,
librarians, parents, grandparents, and tutors.
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Literature and Reading Special Interest Group (IRA CL/R SIG).
All rights reserved. Website:
Dr. Kaye West, Webmanager
June 10, 2004