Sharron Mcelmeel

Office: 140 Vocational Rehabilitation
Phone: 319/393-2562

Sharron L. McElmeel teaches two courses: Children's Literature and Young Adult Literature.

Sharron L. McElmeel has earned a national reputation as a literacy advocate and children's and young adult literature specialist. She has authored many  books for educators and parents focusing on books for young readers and the people who create those books.

Sharron is a respected author in the children's and young adult literature field. Her most recent titles include revised editions of Young Adult Literature and Multimedia: A Quick Guide) (Learning Commons/Hi-Willow Research and Publishing, 2013) and Best Teen Reads (Learning Commons/Hi-Willow Research and Publishing, 2013), as well as, Picture That! From Mendel to Normandy: Picture Books and Ideas, Curriculum and Connections for 'Tweens and Teens (Libraries Unlimited, 2009). Other titles include Authors in the Kitchen: Recipes, Stories, and More (2005) and a companion title, Authors in the Pantry: Recipes, Stories, and More (2007), 100 Most Popular Children's Authors: Biographical Sketches and Bibliographies (Libraries Unlimited, 1999),  100 Most Popular Picture Book Authors and Illustrators: Biographical Sketches and Bibliographies (2000), and  Character Education: A Book Guide for Librarians, Teachers, and Parents (2002).

She is a regular contributor to professional publications and blogs, focusing on reviewing, and providing curriculum connections for notable books. A complete list of publications, including selected articles authored, is available online. She maintains active children's/young adult literature blogs at and

During 2006 she was a member of the 2007 ALA-ALSC nominating committee for the Randolph Caldecott Award.  The committee named Flotsam by David Wiesner as the award winner, that year.She is an active member of the International Reading Association, the American Library Association and its divisions: American Library Services to Children (ALSC), American Association of School Librarians (AASL), and the Young Adult Library Services Association.

Sharron earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa and her M.A. in Library Science from the University of Iowa. She has completed post-graduate work in educational administration and reading and holds certificate approvals in both areas.

Her career as an educator has spanned elementary, secondary, and college level teaching - in both classroom (team teaching, block scheduling, self-contained) and media centers - many of those years as an educator in public schools. Currently Sharron is a full-time writer and college instructor, and director of McBookwords--a literary organization.

In 1987 Sharron was named Iowa Reading Teacher of the Year, the only media specialist in the state of Iowa to have received that honor. In 1997 she was nominated in the Iowa Teacher of the Year competition, and in 2003 she was honored with the Iowa Reading Association's Celebrate Literacy Award for her longtime involvement in developing community literacy activities. Innovative Teaching has named her one of the Top Ten Online Educators (2004).

Sharron and her husband live in a rural area north of Cedar Rapids, Iowa where they enjoy frequent visits from their sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters.

When she is not writing or reading, Sharron enjoys being part of "fun" projects including making quilts and planning literary events. Many are showcased on her website. Her favorite project, so far, has been the Beatrix Potter room in her house.

Sharron's website features an Author Links page and a State and Regional Book Awards page among other literacy related pages. A complete vita may be accessed online.

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