The Parallel Sessions are as follows:
Rebecca R. Butler Like a bit… pale: how children respond to disability in stories
Susanne Abou Ghaida: Disability in Arabic children’s literature: Inclusion, Participation and Belonging
Chair: Lisa Sainsbury
Flora Kisby. To what extent do picture book representations of the family mirror the diverse reality of this social structure?
Mark McGlashan. Representation of non-traditional families in children’s literature.
Chair: Carol Thompson
Anne Harding. Looked-after children: finding a reading fit.
Sarah Stokes. Tied Up with String: An Adoptive Mother’s Search for an Authentic Voice in Adoption Picture Books for Children.
Chair: Ann Lazim
Alexandra Scherer: “The Burqa is good for you. It’s good for you to do in your religion”: children’s meaning making of race, faith and belonging in multicultural picturebooks.
Pat Pinsent: Nothing to do with real life? ‘Belonging’ in a fantasy world
Michele Gill: ‘Out, but not so proud?’ The representation of gay boyhoods in contemporary British YA fictions
Jennifer Smith: The Ultimate Outsider. The Misfit Persona of Protagonists in Popular Young Adult Fiction
Chair: Alison Waller
GROUP F WITHDRAWN
Marian Devons: Do modern Gypsy children find a place where they ‘belong’ in children’s literature?
Anne Malewski: Tove Jansson. Age & belonging
CHAIR: Jane Carroll
Anthony Robinson: Belonging: how can we reconcile the human need to belong with the responsibility of including others? Can books affect children’s perceptions of the ‘other’?
Karen Argent: Families of prisoners in children’s literature
Chair: Beth Cox