Appel à contribution – Trauma and Healing: A Companion to Reading International Children’s Books on War and Peace

Nous avons le plaisir de publier l’appel à contributions de notre collègue chinoise Fengxia Tan (Nanjing Normal University), qui prépare un ouvrage collectif consacré à la guerre et à la paix dans les livres pour enfants.

Peace is the treasure of the world, but wars often happen here and there, now and then, bringing great disasters to people. War and peace are important themes in children’s literature. There are many children’s books on this topic in many countries, telling historical stories of war, depicting children’s traumatic experiences in war, and providing ways to rebuild their homes and heal the traumas. The international exchange of children’s books builds a significant bridge for mutual understanding and world peace. We are all grateful for the important contribution made by these authors. 

I’m editing a book about international children’s books on war and peace, which is a project, beginning from 2021, supported by iRead(爱阅), a Chinese public welfare organization which set up “IBBY-iRead Outstanding Reading Promoter Award” at IBBY. I’ll be very grateful if scholars of children’s literature in different countries contribute to this project based on humanitarian grounds. The book’s title is Trauma and Healing: A Companion to Reading International Children’s Books on War and Peace. It is planned to be published in China in 2023 or 2024.  

The book will be a collection of reviews of about 100-120 international children’s books on war and peace. We hope it can cover as many countries as possible. Each contribution may include reviews of up to three works. The maximum length of each contribution is 1500 English words. Because the corpus of excellent children’s books about war is vast, we’d like to receive abstracts of proposed submissions from which to determine the best possible range for inclusion.  


 1. Abstract: In about 200 English words, introduce up to three children’s books on war and peace (picture books, novels, or other genres) produced in your own or another country. Explain what each book is about, why it is important, and who the author is. Please attach images of the front covers.  

2.Please send a bio of around 100 English words. 

3.  Deadline for the submission of abstracts: April 5th, 2022. (The sooner the better.) 

4.  Please send your abstracts and bio to this email address: 

5. Notification of accepted proposals will be sent before May 5th, 2022. 

6. Deadline for the final contribution (each review up to 1500 English words with a very brief reading guide) will be December 1st, 2022. 

Fengxia Tan

Ph.D., Professor

School of Chinese Language and Literature

Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China


[& Visiting scholar at University of Cambridge, Macquarie University, and Illinois State University.] 

(image d’en-tête extraite de Otto de Tomi Ungerer)

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