About the Journal

The mission of Research on Diversity in Youth Literature (RDYL) is to publish scholarship attending to issues of diversity, equity, social justice, inclusion, and intersectionality in youth literature, culture, and media.

Research on Diversity in Youth Literature is a peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal hosted by The Center for Children's Books, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. RDYL is published twice a year; summer issues are themed and winter issues are unthemed.

Book Reviews

Cristina Rhodes and Nithya Sivashankar, RDYL’s Book Review Editors, oversee the publication of 2-3 book reviews per issue. If you are interested in having RDYL review your book or writing reviews for RDYL, or if you have a suggestion for a book to be reviewed, please contact Cristina Rhodes (csrhodes@ship.edu) or Nithya Sivashankar (nithya.s@txstate.edu).

Year Round Submissions

  • We are now accepting essays for consideration year-round for our unthemed issues.
  • Contact: co-editors Sarah Park Dahlen (spdahlen@illinois.edu) and Sonia Alejandra Rodríguez (sorodriguez@lagcc.cuny.edu)