Janice Bland is Professor of English Education, Nord University. She focuses on English language and literature pedagogy and her research interests are concerned with creativity in ELT with elementary and secondary school children: creative writing, children’s literature from picturebooks to young adult fiction, visual and critical literacy, global issues, interculturality and drama methodology. Professor Bland leads the Nord Research Group for Children’s Literature in ELT and is editor-inchief of the diamond open-access journal Children’s Literature in English Language Education (CLELEjournal). Among her publications are two monographs and three edited volumes; one of the latter, Teaching English to Young Learners – Critical Issues in Language Teaching with 3–12 Year Olds (2015), is used as core reading on teacher education programmes at universities worldwide. Her latest book Compelling Stories for English Language Learners: Creativity, Interculturality and Critical Literacy will appear with Bloomsbury Academic in 2022.