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Reading and Language Arts

Pawley Hall, Room 490A
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-3054

Reading and Language Arts

Pawley Hall, Room 490A
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3054

Linda M. Pavonetti, Ed.D.

Professor, Reading and Language Arts Department Chair

Research Interests

My major areas of research are children’s and young adult literature. Recently, I have been involved with these topics on an international level through my involvement with the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) and the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) as well as the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). Currently, I am a member the 2014 Mildred L. Batchelder Award committee for the most outstanding translated books.

  • Children’s and Young Adult Literature
  • International Children’s Literature/ e
  • Reading Motivation

Past Research Activities/Experience

  • The implications of culturally mediated definitions of reading on motivation and pedagogy (dissertation)
  • How Accelerated Reader ™ affects students reading motivation long-term
  • How children and teachers perceive the art in international picture storybooks

Current Research Activities

Translated Literature for Children and Young Adults

Selected Publications

Pavonetti, L.M. (Ed.) (2011). Bridges to understanding: Envisioning the world through children’s books. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.

Pavonetti, L.M. (2011). Censorship, challenge, and choice. In A. W. Bedford & L. K. Albright (Eds.). A master class in children’s literature: Trends and issues in an evolving field (pp. 181-199). Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.

Pavonetti, L.M. (2007). The line between children's and young adult books. Pazhuhesh Nameh: The Research Quarterly of Children & Youth’s Literature, 12 (47), 88-94. (This article, published in Iran, is the translated adaptation of an article previously published in the Journal of Children’s Literature.)

Pavonetti, L.M. (2009). The Hero’s Quest: Analyzing Lois Lowry’s The Giver trilogy. In Oziewicz, M., Deszcz-Tryhubczak, J., & Zarzycka, A. (Eds.), Relevant across cultures: Visions of connectedness and world citizenship in modern fantasy for young readers (pp. 145-158). Wroclaw, Poland: ATUT Publishing House.

Pavonetti, L.M., Brimmer, K.M., & Cipielewski, J.F. (2002). Accelerated Reader®: What are the lasting effects on the reading habits of middle school students exposed to Accelerated Reader® in elementary grades? Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 46, 300-311.

Research Goals/Plans for Future Projects

The effects of on-site delivery of reading methods courses on pre-service teachers

Workshops, In-Service Institutes, and Community Events

  • Common Core and Literature
  • Historical view of Picture Storybooks
  • Books to share with your grandchildren
  • Best books of the year
  • Multicultural Literature
  • Trends in International Literature for Children and Young Adults
  • Read Aloud sessions with children in their classrooms or libraries
  • Other topics of interest to your group can be discussed

(248) 370-4683
Vita available upon request