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The student body at the Faculty of Education is one of the biggest and most active in Cambridge, and the Children's Literature Research Centre students form a friendly and supportive community within it.

This community is supported by and finds further opportunities for enrichment through active links with:

  • Authors, artists, and poets who comprise the artistic community connected to this field of study
  • Literary and artistic institutions, including the Arts Council, the Poetry Society, the Poetry Book Society, Book Trust, and the British Council
  • National and international children's literature research centres and research institutions

Professional memberships and associations of members of the CLRC also include the International Research Society for Children's Literature (IRSCL) and the Children's Literature Association (ChLA).

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

The CLRC is one of the six nominating bodies for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) in the UK, the world's largest award in children's literature. Click here for more information about the award.

The Children's Literature at Cambridge Blog

Updated weekly, the Children's Literature at Cambridge Blog is a space for sharing ideas, news and photos concerning life at CLRC. The blog invites posts from those studying children's literature at other institutions, too. To pitch a blog post, or find out more about it, contact Vera Veldhuizen (

Children's Literature Reading Group

There is a student-led reading group for members of the CLRC to discuss and review classic and recent publications in children’s and young adult literature in an informal setting. Please contact Anna Purkiss ( or Victoria Mullins ( for further information.

Graphic Narratives Reading Group

This is a student-led reading group for members of the centre to discuss and review a range of graphic narratives, to enjoy and explore comics and graphic novels at the borderline of what is considering young people's literature. Please contact Joe Sutliff Sanders ( or Madeleine Hunter ( for further information.

Bakhtin Reading Group

This is a student-led reading group that discusses the theoretical approaches of Mikhail Bakhtin and how these relate to children's and young adult's literature. Please contact Michelle Anya Anjirbag ( for further information.

Space, Place, and Literature Reading Group

This is a student-led reading group that discusses theoretical and methodological approaches to analyzing space and place as represented in children's literature. Please contact Julia Wang ( for further information.

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