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Ramona Caponegro CAS Highlights

She has been at EMU since Fall 2011 and is an Associate Professor of Children’s Literature in the English Department in CAS. During the winter semester, she created a video to encourage her students after the pandemic began. She was inspired by “spine poetry,” in which one writes a poem by stacking the spines of books together to create a poem using the books' titles. Since she created her poem for a multicultural children's literature class, she made sure to include many books by Latinx, African American, Asian American, Native American, and other diverse authors. She received emails from students saying that they enjoyed the video and thanking her for sending it. In this class, Dr. Caponegro's students partnered with Estabrook Elementary School and the Office of Academic Service-Learning to select and purchase diverse books for Estabrook's library. Dr. Caponegro’s research is also related to diversity in children’s literature. She is on the leadership team for the 35th Anniversary of the Ezra Jack Keats Award, which celebrates diversity in picture books that are created in the spirit of Ezra Jack Keats. This team is developing toolkits, book discussion guides, activities, and webinars that teachers and librarians can share with children. Dr. Caponegro is also the co-chair of the 25th Anniversary of the Pura Belpré Award celebration next year. Pura Belpré was a Puerto Rican librarian at NY Public Library and one of the first recognized children’s librarians with a Latina background. The award, given by the American Library Association, is for the best Latinx children's and young adult books. Thank you Dr. Ramona Caponegro for your outstanding work and dedication! #TRUEMU #EMUCAS