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Miriam Martinez

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Miriam Martinez (Professor) received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a specialist in children's literature, literary response, integration of literature into literacy programs, and textual analyses of children’s and young adult literature.  She has combined her interests in these areas in her research, publications, and teaching.  Her most recent publications include analyses of the representations of diversity in Caldecott picture books, peritextual features of picture books, picture/text relationships in picture books and reviews of research on children's and adolescents' responses to literature and their construction of meaning in literary texts.  She is a co-author of Children's Books in Children's Hands, a textbook intended primarily for undergraduates that is in its fifth edition. Her newest book, Teaching and Learning through Children’s Literature,  is currently in press.  Dr. Martinez regularly teaches children's literature classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as other undergraduate reading classes. In 2006 she was the recipient of the Arbuthnot Award from the International Reading Association for outstanding university teacher of children's and young adults' literature. She is co-editor of the Journal of Literacy Research.