Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

‘Without Manifest, none of the book would have happened’: place, identity, and the positioning of Canadian adolescent readers as literary critics.Children’s Literature in Education available online February 27, pp 1-18.

The Experiences of Two Migrant Readers: Freedom, Restriction, and the Navigation of Adolescent Space.Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures 8.1 (2016): 227-247.

‘“Everyone here knows a Junior”: Blackfoot children and their texts.” Bookbird: an International Children’s Literature Journal 54.1 (2016): 55-60.

Where are you from? : locating the young adult self within and beyond the text.Journal of Children’s Geographies 14.3 (2015): 356-371.

Charlton, E., Cliff Hodges, G., Pointon, P., Nikolajeva, N., Spring, E., Taylor, L., Wyse, D. “My Place: exploring children’s place-related identities through reading and writing.Education 3-13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education 42.2 (2014): 154-170.

‘“Have people in Toronto seen what I’ve seen?” : a comparative analysis of place, identity, and migration in the context of two Canadian picturebooks.” Interjuli 2.11 (2011): 27-38.

Book Chapters

(Forthcoming): “Feminizing Thomson’s The Seasons: identity, gender, and seasonal aesthetics in L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables.” Co-paper with Heather Ladd. L.M. Montgomery and Gender, ed. Laura Robinson & Holly Pike. McGill-Queen’s Press. 28pp.

(Forthcoming): ‘“I think I was born with a suitcase”: Blackfoot adolescent readers’ responses to Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian.” Young People Reading: Empirical Research Across International Contexts. Eds. Evelyn Arizpe & Gabrielle Cliff Hodges.

(Forthcoming): “Empirical approaches to Canadian children’s fiction.” The Edinburgh Companion to Children’s Literature. Eds. Maria Nikolajeva & Clémentine Beauvais. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming 2016.

(Forthcoming): ‘“My story starts right here”: the embodied spaces of Blackfoot readers.” Embodied Readings: Child Readers in Children’s Literature. Eds. Roxanne Harde & Lydia Kokkola.

Place and identity in children’s and young adult fiction.Geographies of Identities and Subjectivities, Volume 4, Geographies of Children and Young People. Eds. Nancy Worth, Claire Dwyer, & Tracy Skelton. Singapore: Springer.

Insider/outsider relationships: considering the textual representation of regional and national identity.Looking Out and Looking In: National Identity in Picturebooks of the New Millennium. Ed. Ase Marie Ommundsen. Oslo: Novus Press (2013): 45-59.

Book Reviews

(Forthcoming): “Cities Had to Eat Something, After All”: Urban Renewal, Rooftop Gardens, and Children’s Negotiations of the Natural World.” Review of series of environmental picturebooks for Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures.

Maria Sachiko Cecire, Hannah Field, Kavita Mudan Finn, & Malini Roy, eds. Space and Place in Children’s Literature, 1789 to the Present. Reviewed in: The Lion and the Unicorn 39.3 (2015): 355-357.

Aine McGillicudy & Marian Keyes, eds. Politics and Ideology in Children’s Literature. Reviewed in: Interjuli 1.15 (2015): 156-162.

Nora Maguire & Beth Rodgers, eds. Children’s Literature on the Move: Nations, Translations, Migrations. Reviewed in: Interjuli 2.14 (2014): 34-38.

Christopher (Kit) Kelen & Björn Sundmark, eds. The Nation in Children’s Literature: Nations of Childhood. Reviewed in: Bookbird: a journal of international children’s literature 51.4 (2013): 93-96.

Blog Publications

Co-author of: “Methods & Ethics in the Anthropology of Children and Youth”. For “Neos”, a publication of the Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group.

Raising Spirit: the Opokaa’sin Digital Storytelling Project.” For McGill University’s Department of Integrated Studies in Education’s Blog, “Belonging, identity, language, diversity research group (BILRG).”

Place, identity, and texts: the responses of Canadian adolescent readers.” For University of Glasgow Professor Evelyn Arizpe’s Blog, “Reading changes: adolescents, young adult literature and literacy practices.”


In this podcast, Erin talks about the Institute for Child and Youth Studies; her past and current research in multiliteracies, including her work with young adult readers (newcomers to Canada and young Blackfoot readers); the importance of researching child and youth issues; and the pivotal place of community outreach in her work. (I-CYS Podcast, March 2017)

Building rapport key to the success of Raising Spirit Project. (University of Lethbridge U News, August 19, 2016)

Blackfoot Digital Photo Exhibit on Display at Lethbridge Mall (Lethbridge Herald, March 11, 2016)

Blackfoot Culture and Identity Explored in Joint Project Between Opokaa’sin and U of L Institute (University of Lethbridge U News, March 11, 2016)

Dr. Erin Spring: The Digital Blackfoot Storytelling Project (University of Lethbridge)

Cade Community Lecture Series (Lethbridge Herald)

Erin Spring Receives Ibby Canada’s Russell Grant (University of Lethbridge)

Erin Spring Receives Ibby Canada’s Russell Grant (Ibby Canada)

Grant Allows Researcher to Embark on Project with First Nations Young Adults (Lethbridge Herald)

Student Research Awards (UKLA)