Friends of the Festival
Janine M. Schall has been helping kids love books since she began teaching fifth graders 25 years ago. The majority of her work has focused on connecting marginalized readers with books in ways that will help them become stronger and more willing readers. Now an associate professor of reading and literacy at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Janine works with teachers and parents to help them use children’s and young adult literature in powerful ways. Janine has served on the National Council for the Social Studies Notable Children’s Books committee and conducted presentations on multicultural and multiethnic children’s literature at a variety of state and national conferences.