The purpose of the IRSCL is to enhance research into children's and young people's literature, reading, and related fields. The Society aims to provide a forum for the exchange of professional information and for the discussion of theories of children's literature and their application to texts of all kinds. IRSCL also seeks to encourage collaborative research among its members.

In addition to providing services to its individual members, the Society seeks to work cooperatively with institutions and organisations whose activities are related to the aims of the Society.

We encourage everyone who are not already members of IRSCL to take this opportunity to join our society. IRSCL is a welcoming community, no matter what stage you are at in your career or where you are from. As a member of IRSCL, you will have the benefit of a lower congress fee and the opportunity to present at congress, but most of all you will have access to a global network and community of scholars. You will receive 3 issues of the journal International Research in Children’s Literature (IRCL); have the opportunity to participate in mentoring opportunities with some of the best scholars in the field; receive information via the listserv; be able to apply for awards and travel grants and stand for the Board, all of which will contribute to your professional development and to building your career with the support from colleagues from all over the world.

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