Volume 16(2)

Academic Articles | Academic Book Reviews | CYAL Book Reviews | Poetry, Fiction, and Visual Arts

“Leftover Island” by Devin (Bokyoung) Jo, 2020

Editor’s Introduction

Editor’s Introduction: Growing Pains

Merida Lang

Academic Articles

Research Reports

Navigating the Linguistic Terrain: Immigrants’ Personal Stories of Aspiration, Access, Identity, and Acclimation

Olabisi Kehinde Adenekan

Listen to an interview with author Olabisi Kehinde Adenekan.

Investigating Young Readers’ Use of Visual, Textual, and Design Resources in Contemporary Picturebooks

Lindsey Moses, Danielle Rylak, Danielle Kachorsky, and Frank Serafini

Listen to an interview with authors Lindsey Moses and Danielle Rylak.

Diversity in Newbery Medal-Winning Titles: A Content Analysis

Melanie D. Koss and Kathleen A. Paciga

Listen to an interview with authors Katie Paciga and Melanie Koss.

Putting on Our Pedagogical Love Vests to Affirm the Poetic Literacies and Lives of Black High School Students

ThedaMarie Gibbs Grey

Listen to an interview with author ThedaMarie Gibbs Grey.

Loss in the English Classroom: A Study of English Teachers’ Emotion Management During Literature Instruction

Mandie B. Dunn and R. Ashley Johnson.

Listen to an interview with authors Mandie Dunn and Ashley Johnson.

“Walking a Thin Line”: Exploring the Tensions Between Composition Curriculum and Students’ Lives as Digital Writers

Fawn Canady, Chyllis E. Scott, and Troy Hicks

Listen to an interview with authors Fawn Canady, Chyllis E. Scott, and Troy Hicks. 

Moving Toward a Method for YAL in Secondary English Teacher Education

T. Hunter Strickland

Listen to an interview with author Hunter Strickland. 

Voices from the Field

Critical Literacy as a Tool for Social Change: Negotiating Tensions in a Pre-Service Teacher Education Writing Course

Grace Kang and Sonia Kline

Listen to an interview with authors Grace Kang and Sonia Kline.

Taking Scissors to Shakespeare

Annmarie Sheahan and Ashley Dallacqua

Listen to an interview with author Annmarie Sheahan. 

Justice for Justyce: Using Dear Martin and Founding Documents to Create Revolutionary Remixes

Brigid Ovitt and Mary Frances Rice

Listen to an interview with authors Brigid Ovitt and Mary Rice. 

All podcasts available on Spreaker and iTunes.

Academic Book Reviews

The academic book reviews in this issue cover a range of topics relevant to the field of language and literacy education. Reviewers with diverse backgrounds provide summaries and critiques of books focusing on curriculum, instruction, and social equity.

Dan Jin, Academic Book Review Editor, jolle.bookrev@gmail.com

Review of The Joyful Teacher by Kathryn Caprino

Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA

Review of Linguistic Justice by Kyungjin Hwang

University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Review of Preparing Globally Minded Literacy Teachers by Elise Brittain

University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

Review of Afrofuturism Rising by Taylor D. Duckett

Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, IN

Review of A Symphony of Possibilities by Virginia Killian Lund

University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

Review of Southern. Gay. Teacher. by James Coda

University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Children & Young Adult Literature (CYAL) Book Reviews

The Journal of Language and Literacy Education (JoLLE) reviews recently published or soon-to-be-published Children’s and Young Adult Literature (CYAL). At JoLLE, we value students’ voices and creativity in reflecting their understanding and evaluation of the literature that is written for them.

The children and young adult book reviews in this issue welcome the critiques of adult and student reviewers. We are pleased to offer reflections from parents, teachers, and young children from around the globe. We hope these reviews will encourage our readers to add these titles to their libraries while continuing to embrace the unique joy and adventures that can be experienced through books.

We thank the students, teachers, and caregivers who have participated in our Children and Young Adult Literature book reviews. We hope to see more reviews from children and adults around the globe.

Julie M. Carbaugh, CYAL Book Review Editor, jolle.cyal@gmail.com

Review of Twins

Nora Varsa & Jozefine Varsa, Student Reviewers

Jessica Varsa, Adult/Educator Reviewer

Review of My Best Friend is a Goldfish

Safiya Anadil, Student Reviewer

Maria Serikkyzy, Adult/Educator Reviewer

Review of Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away

Loretta Stafford, Student Reviewer

Jennifer Ervin, Adult/Educator Reviewer

Review of We are Water Protectors

Daniel Foster, Student Reviewer

Angie Foster, Adult/Educator Reviewer

Review of Northbound: A Train Ride Out of Segregation

Will Foster, Student Reviewer

Angie Foster, Adult Educator/Reviewer

Review of John Lewis: Courage in Action

Hannah Cate, Student Reviewer

Brian Todd Davis, Adult/Educator Reviewer

Review of The Princess in Black and the Bathtime Battle

Mira Kindelsperger, Student Reviewer

Abby Kindelsperger, Adult/Educator Reviewer

Review of Astronaut and Physicist: Sally Ride

Zoë Shiloh, Student Reviewer

Kelly Cate Wolfe, Adult/Educator Reviewer

Review of Five Feet Apart

Dorothy Mortimore, Student Reviewer

Amanda Wall, Adult/Educator Reviewer

Review of The Day the World Stopped Turning

Rose Marley, Student Reviewer

Mandy Branch, Adult/Educator Reviewer

Poetry, Fiction, & Visual Arts

In the Fall 2020 issue of JoLLE, we are proud to present a Poetry, Fiction, & Visual Arts section that shares contextual experiences of visceral, instinctive, intellectual, evoked and responsive enactments of language and literacy.  Collectively, these artistic renderings prompt considerations for the engagement of language, literacy, teaching, and learning in diverse contexts.

Our poets, who are also researchers and educators, inform and expand our conceptions of language and literacy in diverse contexts such as: community, family, culture, metacognition, technology-mediated interactions, artificial intelligence, and the body.  The voices presented in each work invites us to honor the multimodality of language and literacy  in the classroom and education.

LaTasha Hutcherson Price, Poetry, Fiction, & Visual Arts Editor, jolle.art.literature@gmail.com


Titles: “this poem is about language,” “all of the mothers i know” & “when kamala harris says they’re comin’ for you

Author: Ashieda McKoy
Institution: The University of Colorado Boulder

Title: “Soldier, Take Their Minds Off Your Shoulders”

Author: Octavia Ferguson

Title: “Watching Watching”

Author: Jason DeHart
Institution: Appalachian State University

Title: “Posthuman Intra-Action”

Authors: William Terrell Wright & Write with Transformer
Institution: The University of Georgia

Title: “The Body That Lies”

Author: Wisnu A. Pradana
Institution: The University of Georgia

Principal Editor
Merida Lang

Conference Co-Chairs
Yixuan Wang & Shuang Fu

Academic Book Review Editor
Dan Jin

Poetry, Fiction, & Visual Arts Editor
LaTasha Hutcherson Price

Communications Editor
Saurabh Anand

Managing Editor
Bhairvi M. Trivedi

Production Editor
Jennifer Ervin

CYAL Book Review Editor
Julie M. Carbaugh

Scholars Speak Out Editor
Tamara Moten

Digital Content Editor
Sarah K. Stice

Faculty Advisor
Peter Smagorinsky


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