Sharron McElmeel

Instructor, University of Wisconsin - Stout
Teaching, Learning and Leadership
College of Education, Hospitality, Health and Human Sciences

Office: n/a Vocational Rehabilitation Building
Phone: 319-393-2562
Personal website:

Brief Biography

Sharron McElmeel is a nationally known children's and young adult literature specialist and literacy advocate. She has authored more than 35 books for parents and educators, and has published more than 100 journal articles, in addition to having contributed more than 300 book reviews to professional journals. She has provided keynote or featured presentations at over 50 national and state conferences. She served on the 2007 Caldecott medal nomination committee. She received a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa, and received an MA in Library Science from the University of Iowa. She has completed post-graduate work in educational administration and reading and holds certificates in both areas. She has taught at all levels from elementary through the university level. She continues to contribute to professional publications and maintains several blogs with reviews and articles. She has an active social media presence. She was honored as Iowa's Reading Teacher of the year, and for her contributions to literacy (Iowa's Celebrate Literacy Award), and nominated as Iowa's Teacher of the Year. Her research papers are housed in the University of Iowa Special Collections (MSC0991).

Teaching Interests: Literature for young readers (children's literature and literature for young adults)

Research Interests: Impact on reading proficiency by read aloud time in the classroom and home environment; motivation and choice as it impacts reading proficiency; and the use of children's literature and young adult literature in curriculum content areas.

Professional Interests: Developing a literacy environment within my community.


  • Director-Library Services (Endorsement) University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • Elementary Principal and Supervisor (Endorsement) University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • Reading Teacher Certification - University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • MA - Library Science (degree) University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • BA - Elementary Education - University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA. (Minor - Mathematics)

Work Experience

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • University of Wisconsin - Stout
        2003 -
      • Grant Wood Education Agency (GWAEA)
        1976 - 2004
      • University of Northern Iowa
        2002 - 2003
      • Mercy College (now University)
        1988 - 2003

    Academic - P-12

      • Cedar Rapids Community School District
        1964 - 1998

Intellectual Contributions


    • McElmeel, S. L. (2015). The Best Teen Reads, 8th ed.. .
    • McElmeel, S. L., Loertscher, D., & Wrenn-Estes, B. (2015). Young Adult Literature and Multimedia: A Quick Guide, 9th ed.. .
    • McElmeel, S. L. (2009). Picture That! From Mendel to Normandy: Picture Books and Ideas, Curriculum and Connections-for T'weens and Teens. .
    • McElmeel, S. L. (2007). Authors in the Pantry: Recipes, Stories, and More. .
    • McElmeel, S. L. (2005). Authors in the Kitchen: Recipes, Stories, and More . .
    • McElmeel, S. L. (2002). Character Education: a book guide for teachers, librarians, and parents. .

    Journal Article

    • McElmeel, S. L. (2015). What are young learners reading? Or how does what they are reading fit in with building a community of readers?. .
    • McElmeel, S. L. (2013). Library Sparks Column: 101 Years of Girl Power. .
    • McElmeel, S. L. (2013). Library Sparks Column: America's Royalty. .
    • McElmeel, S. L. (2013). Library Sparks Column: Brownies and the "Wee People". .
    • McElmeel, S. L. (2013). Library Sparks Column: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. .
    • McElmeel, S. L. (2013). Library Sparks Column: Silent Star-The Story of Deaf Major Leaguer William Hoy. .
    • McElmeel, S. L. (2012). In the Spotlight: US History Meets CSI. .
    • McElmeel, S. L. (2012). In the Spotlight: An Artist and His Inspiration. .
    • McElmeel, S. L. (2012). In the Spotlight: Balloons, Marionettes, and Mobiles. .


    Oral Presentation

    • McElmeel, S. L. (2016). LEADING THE WAY – READERS ARE LEADERS K-6 ; READ: SUCCEED; and DISCOVER PICTURE BOOKS FOR THE AGES K-MIDDLE SCHOOL . Nevada Reading Conference, Sparks, NV, United States.
    • McElmeel, S. L. (2015). Trends in Children's and Young Adult Literature. Library Teacher In-Service, WEB, WI, United States.
    • McElmeel, S. L. (2013). Research Fuels the Authors' Fire. Illinois Reading Conference, Springfield, IL, United States.
    • McElmeel, S. L. (2011). Authors Speak: Common Core Standards and an Author's Role. American Association of School Librarians Conference, Minneapolis, MN, United States.

Media Contributions

    Photographed/Documented 900 pieces original art collection

    • Evelyn Zerzanek Collection of Children's Book Art (2002)

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships


    • Top Ten Online Educators, Innovative Teaching (2004)
    • Celebrate Literacy Award, Cedar Rapids Area Reading Association (2003)
    • Celebrate Literacy Award, Iowa Reading Association (2003)
    • Linn County (Iowa) Teacher of the Year, Educational Association (1997)
    • Iowa Reading Teacher of the Year, Iowa Reading Association (1987)

Professional Memberships

  • Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
  • American Library Association (ALA)
  • International Literacy Association (ILA)
  • National Education Association (NEA)



    • Committee Member, Publications Commmittee (AASL) (2008 - 2010)
    • Committee Member, Research Grant Award Subcommittee (AASL) (2008 - 2010)
    • Committee Member, Caldecott Award Committee - 2007 (ALSC) (2006 - 2007)
    • Committee Member, Program Committee-National Conference (AASL) (2004 - 2005)
    • Committee Member, School Age Programs and Service (AASL) (2003 - 2004)
    • Committee Member, Publications Commmittee (AASL) (1994 - 2001)
    • Committee Member, School Librarian's Workshop Scholarship Award (ALSC) (1999 - 2000)


    • Member, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (2000 - Present)
    • Member, Czech-Slovak Museum (2000 - Present)
    • Member, Metro Area Plumbers Board of Examiners and Appeals (1998 - Present)
    • Member, Linn County Plumbers Board of Appeals (1994 - Present)
    • Committee Chair, Mercy Hospital Charity Auction/Show (2008 - 2008)