About the Author
Dr. Denise Johnson is an associate professor of reading education at the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, where she was recently presented with the University Professor of Teaching Excellence award. She received her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading from the University of Memphis, Tennessee. She has worked as an elementary classroom teacher, a middle school reading specialist, and a Reading Recovery teacher, and now teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in reading and language arts methods and children's literature. For the last 15 years, Dr. Johnson has conducted research on literacy, children's literature, and the integration of technology into pre-service and in-service education courses and within elementary classrooms. She has published in a variety of journals, such as The Reading Teacher, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and Literacy Teaching and Learning. Active in several professional organizations including the International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the Children's Literature Association, the author presents regularly at conferences around the country, and continues to work with teachers and children to advance the use of children's literature in the classroom.