Challenges of contemporary


The challenges of contemporary literature for children and youth – Lecturers


MA Anna Maria Czernow

Doctoral student at the Institute of Polish Literature UW. Her research interests include: theory of literature for young readers, Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian literature for children and speculative fiction of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. She is the author of a number of articles including: “Pod berłem króla dzieci. Strategie karnawalizacyjne w powieści Janusza Korczaka” (2012) („Under the sceptre of children’s king. The carnivalesque strategies in Janusz Korczak’s fiction”); “Jak badać fantasy? Na przykładzie «Mrocznych materii» Philipa Pullmana” (2010) („How to study fantasy? The case of His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman”); “Kraków fantastyczny” (2009) (“The fantastical Cracow”); “Krajobraz po Terakowskiej. Współczesna fantasy z perspektywy światów możliwych” (2008) („The scenery after Terakowska. Contemporary fantasy from the perspective of possible worlds”). She is also a reviewer of literary and scholarly publications for the monthly journal „Nowe Książki” („New Books”). Her PhD dissertation concerns carnivalesque strategies in the literature for young readers. She is a member of the Laboratory of Literature for Children and Youth.

PhD Dorota Grabowska

Assistant Professor at the Institute of Information and Book Studies UW. Her research interests include: organization and functioning of public and school libraries, especially forms and methods of working with library users. The secretary of „Poradnik Bibliotekarza” („Librarian’s guide”) and „Przegląd Biblioteczny” („Library Review”). She is the author of „Katalogowanie alfabetyczne zbiorów bibliotecznych” (2003) („Alphabetical cataloguing of library collections”) as well as scholarly articles such as „Metody pracy z czytelnikiem dziecięcym w świetle międzynarodowych wytycznych” (2007) („Methods of working with young readers in the light of international guidelines”); „Rola metod problemowych i programowanych w kształtowaniu społeczeństwa informacyjnego” (2008) („The role of problem-based and programmed learning methods in shaping the information society”); „Projekt jako metoda godna polecenia dla bibliotekarzy” (2008) (“Project- a method worth adopting in a librarian’s work”); „Biblioteki szkolne w międzynarodowych wytycznych i aktach prawnych” (2009) (“School libraries in the light of international guidelines and legislation”).

MA Weronika Kostecka

Doctoral student at the Institute of Polish Literature UW. Her research interests include: cultural aspects of a fable, fabulousness and speculative fiction of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, contemporary children’s and youth literature, literary theory. She is the author of “Tajemnica księgi. Tropami współczesnej fantastyki dla dzieci i młodzieży” (2010) („The mystery of the book. On the trail of contemporary speculative fiction for children and youth”), as well as scholarly articles published in co-authored books, including „Niepokorne baśnie. Gra z tradycją i elementy autotematyczne we współczesnej literaturze baśniowej” (2010) („Non-conformist fables. The play with tradition. Autothematic elements in a contemporary fable”); „Książki i Księgi: lektury bohaterów współczesnej prozy dla dzieci i młodzieży” (2008) („Readings of the protagonists of modern prose for children and youth”). She is also the author of literary and scholarly reviews for the monthly journal „Nowe Książki” (“New Books”). Her PhD dissertation concerns fable and postmodern fabulousness. She is a member of the Laboratory of Literature for Children and Youth.

Assoc. Grzegorz Leszczyński, prof. UW

He works at the Institute of Polish Literature UW. His research interests include: history of literature for children and youth, modern initiation prose, speculative fiction of the 19th and 20th centuries. He is the author of the following books: „Książki pierwsze. Książki ostatnie?” (2012) („Books the first. Books the last?”), „Bunt czytelników” (2010) (“Rise of the readers”), „Magiczna biblioteka” (2007) („Magical library”), „Kulturowy obraz dziecka i dzieciństwa w literaturze” (2006) (“Cultural image of the child and childhood in literature”), „Literatura i książka dziecięca” (2003) („Literature and books for children”), „Elementarz literacki” (2001) („Literature basics”), „Młodopolska lekcja fantazji” (1990) („The Young Poland period: a fantasy lesson”). He is the scholarly editor of „Słownik literatury dziecięcej i młodzieżowej” (2002) (“Dictionary of literature for children and youth”) and several co-authored volumes. He has compiled anthologies for young readers, including „Baśnie świata” (2007) (“World’s fables”), „Polskie baśnie i legendy” (2006) (“Polish fables and legends”), „Po schodach wierszy” (1992) (“Down the stairs of poems”). He is the head of the Laboratory of Literature for Children and Youth.

PhD Grażyna Lewandowicz-Nosal

Assistant Professor at the Institute of Books and Reading Culture at the National Library. Her research interests include: public librarianship for children, children’s books and their social circulation. She is the author of the following books: “Książki dla najmłodszych. Od zera do trzech. Poradnik” (2011) („Books for the youngest. From birth to age three: a guidebook”); „Biblioteki dla dzieci wczoraj i dziś. Poradnik” (2008) („Libraries for children now and in the past: a guidebook”); „Biblioteki publiczne dla dzieci. Wczoraj i dziś. Poradnik” (2008) („Public libraries for children now and in the past: a guidebook”); „Wykaz działów katalogu rzeczowego w bibliotekach publicznych dla dzieci i młodzieży” (2008) („The list of sections of a systematic catalogue in public libraries for children and youth”); „Biblioteki publiczne dla dzieci w Polsce. Raport z badań” (2003) („Public libraries for children in Poland. A report of studies”). She is also a scholarly editor of several co-authored volumes.

PhD Danuta Świerczyńska-Jelonek

Lecturer at the Faculty of Education UW. Her research interests include: the role of books in the lives of young generation; reading studies as a source of knowledge about children and childhood; pieces of children’s literature as texts of culture supporting children’s development. She is the author of the following articles: „Baśniowość i antropologiczna wrażliwość współczesnej obyczajowej i psychologicznej literatury młodzieżowej” (2011) („Fabulousness and anthropological sensitivity of contemporary moral and psychological youth literature”); „Poprowadzić w życie między ludzi” (2009) („Guiding to live among people”); „Współczesna proza dla młodzieży wobec przeżyć adolescencji” (2008) („Contemporary fiction for young people in the face of adolescent experiences”). She is a scholarly editor of several co-authored volumes as well as a literary critic for the “Nowe Książki” (“New Books”) magazine. She is a member of the Laboratory of Literature for Children and Youth.

PhD Grażyna Walczewska-Klimczak

Assistant Professor at the Institute of Books and Reading Culture at the National Library. She previously occupied the same position at the Faculty of Education UW. She is the founder and a member of the Polish Association of Educators and Animators KLANZA, a co-author of the book „Animacja czytelnictwa dziecięcego. Koncepcje – doświadczenia – postulaty” (2004) („Promoting reading culture among children. Concepts- experiences- postulates”) and the author of studies on children’s and youth literature. She is a member of the Laboratory of Literature for Children and Youth.

MA Małgorzata Wojciechowska

Doctoral student at the Institute of Polish Literature UW. Her research interests include: fantasy and science fiction, speculative fiction and its relationship to science, multimedia adaptations of speculative fiction, computerization, game studies, mythology and oriental fables. She is a publicist and reviewer for the Technopolis – Polityka.pl game portal. She is a member of Games Research Association of Poland and the author of several scholarly articles such as “Książka dziecięca i młodzieżowa w świecie multimediów. Adaptacja a problem formy” (2012) („Books for children and youth in the world of multimedia. Adaptation and the problem of form”), „Motyw lewitacji przedmiotów w baśniach Bliskiego Wschodu. Realizacje motywu w baśniopisarstwie europejskim” („Levitation theme in the fables of the Middle East and European fables”). Her PhD dissertation is a comparative study of fantastical personifications of evil. She is a member of the Laboratory of Literature for Children and Youth.

PhD Michał Zając

Assistant Professor at the Institute of Information and Book Studies UW. His research interests include: children’s literature- history and the present day, modern picturebooks, problems of editing and problems of libraries for children. He is currently working on his habilitation (post-doctoral) dissertation concerning modern editions of children’s books. He has published two books – „Promocja książki dziecięcej” (2000) („Promotion of children’s literature”) and „Rynek książki dziecięcej – raport” (2002) („A report on the market for children’s literature”)- as well as a number of articles on children’s literature and its market in “Guliwer” (“Guliver”), „Poradnik Bibliotekarza”, („Librarian’s guide”), „Magazyn Literacki – Książki” (“Literary Magazine- Books”), „Biblioteka Analiz” (“Library of Analyses”), „Notes Wydawniczy” (“Publishing Notebook”). He is a co-editor of several co-authored volumes as well as a member of the Laboratory of Literature for Children and Youth.