Mary Ann Cappiello

Mary Ann is a Professor of Language and Literacy in the Graduate School of Education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to that, she served as a curriculum facilitator for English Language Arts and Social Studies at the middle level, and taught English Language Arts and Humanities at the middle and high school level in New York and New Hampshire. At Lesley, she teaches courses in children's and young adult literature and literacy methods, including a specialized course in nonfiction for children and young adults, and previously served as program director of a residency-based teacher preparation program. Along with Erika Thulin Dawes, she is the co-author of Teaching with Text Sets and Teaching to Complexity: A Framework for Evaluating Literary and Content-Area Texts. Mary Ann has been a guest on public radio and a consultant to public television, and her work has appeared in English Journal, Language Arts, The Dragon Lode, School Library Journal, and School Library Connection. She blogs about children's and young adult literature currently at "The Classroom Bookshelf," a School Library Journal blog, and formerly at “The Uncommon Corps,” and spearheaded the creation of The Biography Clearinghouse, a project of the Children’s Literature Assembly of NCTE. From 2015-2018, Mary Ann was a member of the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction (K-8) Committee, serving two years as chair. She presents regularly at local, state, and national literacy conferences.

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