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Shapers of American Childhood Essays on Visionaries from L. Frank Baum to Dr. Spock to J.K. Rowling Edited by Kathy Merlock Jackson & Mark I. West 286 pages $45 softcover (6×9) 2018 Notes, bibliographies, index ISBN 978-1-4766-6455-2 Ebook ISBN 978-1-4766-3406-7 The experience of growing up in the U.S. is shaped by many forces. Relationships with […]

For Michelle Martin, the Beverly Cleary Professor for Children and Youth Services at the University of Washington’s Information School, reading’s best lessons aren’t found in the book, but in the binding. “Sharing books is as much about relationship building as it is about skill development,” she says of literature’s connective quality. “There’s a difference between […]

  “The more diverse the kids, the better.” That is how Michelle Martin, Beverly Cleary Professor for Children and Youth Services, described the secret to the success of her 6-year-old Camp Read-a-Rama program. Conceived while Martin taught English at Clemson University, Camp Read-a-Rama uses books and literacy activities as a springboard for all of the […]

Endowed professorships in children’s literature are rare — “10 may be a stretch,” says scholar Michelle Martin.  Holding one is a high honor. Now Martin — renowned author, essayist, lecturer, book critic, community literacy activist, and champion of diversity in children’s literature — can put two on her resume. This fall Martin joins the iSchool […]