Mary Napoli, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Reading, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education
Program Coordinator, Master of Education in Literacy Education
Program Coordinator, Literacy Leadership Certificate
Program Coordinator, Reading Specialist Certification Program
Teaching and Curriculum Graduate Faculty
Literacy Education Graduate Faculty
Office Phone: +1 717 948 6725
Office Location: Olmsted Building, W331
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Dr. Mary Napoli is an Associate Professor of Reading and Children's Literature. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Language and Literacy education with a minor in women's studies from The Pennsylvania State University. She has published numerous books, articles, book chapters, and professional resource materials pertaining to children's literature. As a former kindergarten and first-grade teacher, she brings a wealth of practical classroom experience, extensive knowledge of children's literature, literacy resources, and strategies to her undergraduate and graduate teaching.

Dr. Napoli has served as a member of numerous book award committees including the International Literacy Association Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award Committee ( 2015-2016), Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Committee for Peace and Social Justice ( 2013- 2016), , National Council of Teachers of English, NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children committee (2009-2012), National Council of Teachers of English, Children’s Literature Assembly Notable Books in the Language Arts Award committee, (2007-2011). Member, Baker’s Dozen Committee, the Pennsylvania Center for the Book ( 2009-2010), Notable Books for a Global Society Committee, International Literacy Association/Children’s Literature Special Interest Group, (2003-2006). Chair, Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Committee, the Pennsylvania Center for the book ( 2004-2005).

Research Interests
Diverse children's and adolescent literature
Critical literacy
Children's responses to digital/print texts
Multicultural children's literature
Reader response through a critical literacy lens
Children's Literature in the Writing Workshop