Papers: Explorations into Children’s Literature Papers was originally published by Magpies Magazine as a publication for a professional and general readership interested in children’s literature. Since its inauguration in 1990, it has evolved into the premier Australian journal in children’s literature with a worldwide circulation. In 2009, Papers appeared as a free, open access online journal. Papers is fully-refereed and all submissions undergo a blind reviewing process by members of the journal’s international reviewing board. Papers publishes scholarly writing on all aspects of children’s fiction – canonical, modern and contemporary. While the editors welcome articles on Australian material, we do not limit Papers to articles only on Australian works. Articles might include theoretical perspectives, comparative analysis, discussions of texts of historical interest, and bibliographical essays which also provide a scholarly overview of the works listed. Papers publishes two issues each year, which include six or seven essays and occasional review essays of recent books on children’s literature. Themed issues are announced through a Call for Papers and may be edited by invited guest editors. Papers is published by Deakin University and Australasian Children’s Literature Association for Research (ACLAR). Welcome to the inaugural online, open access issue of Papers: Explorations into Children’s Literature.

Clare Bradford and Kerry Mallan, Editors