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Marilyn Carpenter is a specialist in literacy and literature for children and young adults with 20 years experience in staff development for school districts across the United States. She is professor emeritus from Eastern Washington University (EWU) in the Education Department. There she taught literacy classes concentrating on children’s and teen literature as well as literacy courses.
Her Ph.D. is from the University of Arizona. Her past experiences include community college instructor, elementary teacher, Title I Coordinator and Los Angeles Times book reviewer. At Pasadena City College she taught a popular parent education class, “Children Need Books” for ten years.
In 2009 she received the Graduate Faculty of the Year Award from EWU and in 2008 the EWU Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching. Marilyn has published more than 100 articles in national and state journals about books for children and teens. She is a popular presenter at national conferences for teachers.
Marilyn has been active in the National Council of the Teachers of English as a member of the Notable Trade Books in Language Arts Committee and the field consultant in children’s literature for Language Arts Journal. For over 35 years Marilyn received 2000 to 3000 review copies of children and teen books annually from major publishers. Those books are made available for students to borrow and share in their classrooms. Marilyn and her husband have three children and four grandchildren.