Education Faculty Collaborate on Newly Published Book

Collaborators on the book posing for a photo while holding the book
Dr. Kathleen Olmstead (Associate Professor of Literacy) collaborated with Dr. Serena Troiani (an elementary teacher in Port Washington, New York) to edit the text “Many Books, Many Stories: Using Children’s and Young Adult Literature to Open Classroom Conversations” — which features chapters authored by members of the SUNY Brockport community.

Many Books, Many Stories aims to provide both the rationale for engaging in work with inclusive children’s and young adult literature and the resources necessary for teachers, counselors, librarians, and school administration to incorporate diverse literature into the classroom or into school-wide contexts.

The authors provide multiple perspectives and examples of texts that open conversations about powerful topics that arise in many children’s and young adult books. Indeed, it is not enough to just have access to many stories; teachers must consider the ways in which they can engage in book discussions. This volume serves to prepare both teacher candidates and in-service teachers to become reflective practitioners who embrace responsive literacy instruction and who work to ensure equity in literacy education. 

Faculty, Librarian & Alumnae Authors

Chapter 1“They are not the common stories that we were told, or that we have been asked to teach”: Re-envisioning classroom libraries.
Dr. Kathleen Olmstead, Dr. Kathleen Colantonio-Yurko, and Meredith Hutchings

Chapter 4: Disability and ableism in literature
DrJennifer Ashton, Grace Kelly, and Amanda Flugel

Chapter 5: Who is in your family?: Moving toward a more inclusive representation of diverse families in children’s literature
Dr. Amy Shema

Chapter 8: Empowering students to engage in global children’s and young adult literature through multimodal practices using instructional technology 
Janeen Pizzo and  Dr. Logan Rath

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Posted: February 16, 2023