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Jane Bean-Folkes is an assistant professor of literacy in the Education Department at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY. She is an avid reader of children’s books especially books on diverse and global literature. She loves coming home to boxes of books and so does her cat, Dusty! Together Dusty and Jane spend countless hours reading on the sofa. Her research interests involve multilingual classrooms, written academic language, African American language, sociocultural and sociolinguistic perspectives of education for non-dominant language speakers as they learn the academic language in urban settings.