Kansas English Columns

Diverse Children’s Book/Media Reviews

Deadline for submissions: January 15, 2023

Column Editor: Dr. Sun Young Lee

Kansas English is looking for children’s book/media reviews to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in elementary education through the use of children’s literature and mass media. We define diversity in the broadest range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs. Given the changing nature of literacy in the digital world, we are looking for reviews about both children’s book and mass media (ex. documentary, film, etc.). Each review should feature book(s) or media addressing the broadly defined diversity, equity, and inclusion and be 300-500 words in length. Reviews should include the following:

1. A title,

2. The book’s year of publication and author,

3. Textual information (e.g., character, conflict, plot, setting, theme),

4. How/why the book/media will appeal to elementary readers and/or their teachers,

5. How the book could be included in elementary curriculum,

6. Possible challenges that might arise from teaching the book/media, and

7. A description of what you like best about the book/media.

SUBMITTING A DIVERSE CHILDREN’S BOOK/MEDIA REVIEW

Email your review as a Microsoft Word document attachment to Diverse Children's Book/Media Editor Sun Young Lee at sunyoung.lee@wichita.edu. During the academic year, look for a confirmation email within 2-3 business days. If you do not receive an email confirming receipt of your submission, please resubmit.

In a single email, authors should complete the following tasks:

1. In the subject line, write Kansas English Diverse Children’s Book/Media Review Submission.

2. In the body of the email, please include all of the following information:

a. Full names of authors. If there is more than one author, indicate author order (e.g., first author, second author).

b. Affiliation for all authors (e.g., school, university, organization)

c. Email addresses for all authors

d. Brief biography (no more than 150 words) for each author

e. Statement that the article is original, has not been published previously in other journals or books, and is not a simultaneous submission.

3. Attach the manuscript as a single attachment.

Teaching Tips

Deadline for submissions: January 15, 2023

Column Editor: Dr. Beth Gulley

Kansas English is looking for classroom-tested teaching tips, lessons, or activities to include in this column. We are open to ideas from all levels of language and literacy education from kindergarten to college. If you have tried something new, and it worked, then write about it and submit it. Maybe you have a lesson you use all the time, and other people ask you to share it with them. Now is a chance to share it with a wider audience. If you have always wanted to write for Kansas English, but you haven’t had the time to write a full-length article, then this column is for you.

Send a 250-500-word description of a teaching activity that you have tried. We will collect the best ones and share them together in a column in the next issue of Kansas English. Send submissions or inquiries to Beth Gulley at bgulley@jccc.edu.

SUBMIT A TEACHING TIP
Submit teaching tips electronically as an attachment to Teaching Tips Editor Dr. Beth Gulley at bgulley@jccc.edu. During the academic year, look for a confirmation email within 2-3 business days. If you do not receive an email confirming receipt of your submission, please resubmit.

In a single email, authors should complete the following tasks:

1. In the subject line, write Kansas English Teaching Tip Submission.

2. In the body of the email, please include all of the following information:

a. Full names of authors. If there is more than one author, indicate author order (e.g., first author, second author).

b. Affiliation for all authors (e.g., school, university, organization)

c. Email addresses for all authors

d. Brief biography (no more than 150 words) for each author

e. Statement that the article is original, has not been published previously in other journals or books, and is not a simultaneous submission.

3. Attach the manuscript as a single attachment.

YA Book Reviews

Deadline for submissions: January 15, 2023

Column Editor: Dr. John Franklin

Young adult (YA) book reviews should feature books published within the past five years and be 300-500 words in length. Reviews should include the following:

  1. a relevant and catchy title,

  2. the book’s year of publication and author,

  3. textual information (e.g., character, conflict, plot, setting, theme),

  4. how/why the book will appeal to middle/high school readers,

  5. how the book could be included in a course curriculum,

  6. possible challenges that might arise from teaching the book, and

  7. a description of what you like best about the book.

Visit THIS LINK to view a list of YA books that have been reviewed in previous issues.

SUBMIT A YA BOOK REVIEW
Email your review as a Microsoft Word document attachment to YA Book Review Editor John Franklin at jfranklin@pittstate.edu. During the academic year, look for a confirmation email within 2-3 business days. If you do not receive an email confirming receipt of your submission, please resubmit.

In a single email, authors should complete the following tasks:

1. In the subject line, write Kansas English YA Book Review Submission.

2. In the body of the email, please include all of the following information:

a. Full names of authors. If there is more than one author, indicate author order (e.g., first author, second author).

b. Affiliation for all authors (e.g., school, university, organization)

c. Email addresses for all authors

d. Brief biography (no more than 150 words) for each author

e. Statement that the article is original, has not been published previously in other journals or books, and is not a simultaneous submission.

3. Attach the manuscript as a single attachment.

REVIEW PROCESS

Column Editors will review your work and provide feedback, unless the content or length makes it inappropriate for the journal. Kansas English editors typically make a final decision regarding publication within 3-4 months of the posted submission deadline, with the journal published online, and freely accessible to anyone, by August. Submitted manuscripts may be edited for clarity, accuracy, readability, and style.