, Volume 43, Issue 1, pp 107-111
Date: 15 Feb 2012

Author Studies: An Effective Strategy for Engaging Pre-Service Teachers in the Study of Children's Literature

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I am really excited to share my author study with you today because I think he is a really cool guy and I think you are going to fall in love with him and his books as much as I did.

This quote could have been heard in just about any elementary classroom. Or perhaps from a middle-schooler who had just discovered a new favorite author thanks to his latest author study assignment. But it wasn’t… it was spoken by a university student in her final year of classes.

What is an Author Study?

Author studies have been used for many years by teachers to introduce students to authors. They can be a powerful tool in motivating students to read and enticing students to try reading a genre or author that they might normally not choose. When I was a first grade teacher, I could tell which author the students were studying in library class by which books they would choose to take out or by which shelves were empty in the library. Author studies can encourage critical thinking by asking students to make c ...

Submission in honor of Dr. Lawrence Sipe.
Amy Kennedy is an assistant professor in elementary education at her undergraduate alma mater, Kutztown University. Prior to entering higher education, she was an elementary school classroom teacher for 13 years in Wilson School District in West Lawn, PA. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s M.S. Ed. Reading/Writing/Literacy program, she took every class with Dr. Sipe that she could fit into her schedule. She is currently a doctoral student at Widener University.