Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
Ramona Caponegro is a Professor of Children’s Literature. She joined EMU as an assistant professor in 2011, and she teaches a variety of classes, including multicultural and global children’s literature and illustrated texts. She enjoys teaching academic service-learning courses and has collaborated with 826michigan and Estabrook Elementary School on AS-L classes. In Fall 2020, she will be an EMU Bright Futures Faculty Fellow. She has also taught children’s literature classes as part of EMU’s College-in-Prison Program. In 2016, she received the university’s highest honor, the Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Award, for teaching. She has also received recognition as the Honors College Faculty Member of the Year and as the recipient of the Dale Rice Award for Outstanding Academic Service-Learning Community Partnership. From 2017-2019, she served as the Associate Director of The Honors College.
Ramona has published essays and given presentations about representations of incarceration and other social justice issues in children’s and young adult literature, the Ezra Jack Keats Award, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and early readers. She is currently editing a special issue of the Children’s Literature Association Quarterly about representations of criminal justice systems for young people and has forthcoming chapters about the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection and the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature.
She is a member of the Ezra Jack Keats Award 35th Anniversary Leadership Team, and she is the ALSC chair of the Pura Belpré Award 25th Anniversary Task Force. She serves as the chair of the Children’s Literature Association’s Phoenix Picture Book Award Committee, and she was the 2019 chair of the Pura Belpré Award Selection Committee. She is also finishing a five-year term on the Executive Committee of the Forum on Children’s and Young Adult Literature for the Modern Language Association, and she is on the Coordinating Team for the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival and a member of the University of Southern Mississippi’s Children’s Literature Medallion Selection Committee and the Mazza Museum’s Summer Conference Committee.