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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.