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About Marilyn

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 one hundred 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.  Marilyn receives 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 three grandchildren.


9 Responses to "About Marilyn"

This is very impressive. Please let me know if you are ready for me to send your URL to others so they can become acquainted with your work. Congratulations and Mazel tov on this wonderful work with this URL. Ken and I have one too but find it difficult to keep it current and to add to it.


This is wonderful! Your site will be my new favorite book mark! Thank you so much for taking time to support teachers in the field. I will spread the word about this much needed resource!

Hello Marilyn!

What a great use of your sabbatical time! Thanks for sharing your collection with all of us at EWU and making public your views on so many new wonderful books.


What a wonderful site! Can’t wait to share it with the teachers at my school and teacher friends in other districts. Miss you SO much. Molly (and Lizzy) will love Pam’s new book. What do you think about Pat Mora’s love poems book? Thanks for sharing your expertise and love of children’s lit with all of us.

This is outstanding. I’m writing a short piece for the local reading council’s newsletter on excellent resources for finding current quality child’s lit. and am going to include this blog. Congratulations on your excellent work!

This is great! I’ve got this site bookmarked.

Dear Marilyn,
Thank you so very much for creating and sharing your blog. I’m a special education teacher at a U.S. Air Force Base ( RAF Feltwell) in England. I’ll share your blog with friends at work. Sometimes we feel we’re far away from it all; it’s great to be updated of great books! Thank you. Maureen Shea

Hi Marilyn
You are always wonderful. Miss you!

It was so fun to find this book list . . . can’t wait to order them! sandy kaser

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