2008 Recipient - Joan Kindig
Joan Kindig is an associate professor at James Madison University where she teaches pre-service teachers and graduate student classes in reading and children's literature. Active in both children's and adolescent literature, she serves on the 2008 Caldecott committee. She is on the editorial board of Capitol Choices, a book selection committee that creates a list of noteworthy books for children from preschool through high school. In addition, Joan compiles an annual "best of the year" list designed for teachers and parents, Best Bets for the Classroom, which is available on the Virginia State Reading Association Web site (www.vsra.org). She has compiled lists of children's books for teachers to use in their instruction under the Reading First and Reading Next umbrellas and speaks widely on the importance of instructional level reading in the classroom. She has co-authored with Laura Robb, the Reading Advantage series, a supplemental reading series for struggling, older readers.