Michelle H. Martin
Michelle H. Martin is the Beverly Cleary Endowed Professor for Children and Youth Services in the Information School at the University of Washington, where she teaches graduate courses in children’s and young adult literature and youth services. Michelle is a renowned author, essayist, lecturer, book critic, community literacy activist, and champion of diversity in children’s literature. She has published Brown Gold: Milestones of African-American Children’s Picture Books, 1845-2002 and Sexual Pedagogies: Sex Education in Britain, Australia, and America, 1879-2000 (co-edited with Claudia Nelson). In addition to her teaching and writing, she is the founder and co-director of Camp Read-a-Rama (www.Read-a-Rama.org) with Dr. Rachelle D. Washington, a day camp for children ages 4-11 that uses children’s books as the springboard for all other camp activities. Martin holds a B.A. from The College of William and Mary, an M.S. in Outdoor Teacher Education from Northern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in English, specializing in Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Composition, from Illinois State University.