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Jonda C. McNair

Charlotte S. Huck Endowed Prof, Department of Teaching and Learning
Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning

Program Areas:

  • Literature for Children and Young Adults
  • Reading and Literacy in Early and Middle Childhood Education

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Dr. Jonda C. McNair is the Charlotte S. Huck Endowed Professor of Children’s Literature. She specializes in literature intended for youth with an emphasis on books written by and about African Americans. She is a past chair of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee and was a member of the 2019 Randolph Caldecott Award Selection Committee. Dr. McNair recently completed a term as chair of the 2021 John Newbery Award Selection Committee. She is a former coeditor of the Journal of Children’s Literature and Language Arts, the journal of the Elementary Section of the National Council of Teachers of English. Her work has appeared in journals such as Review of Educational Research, The Reading Teacher, Language Arts, Young Children, The Journal of Negro Education, and Children's Literature in Education. She is an active member of numerous professional organizations including the National Council of Teachers of English, the American Library Association, and the International Literacy Association. Dr. McNair is a former elementary school teacher of students in grades K-2.


Ph.D., Language, Literacy, and Culture, The Ohio State University, 2003
M.Ed., Elementary Education, University of Florida, 1994
B.A., Elementary Education, University of Florida, 1992

Research Interests

Research Summary

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the publication of The Brownies’ Book—one of the first periodicals created primarily for African American children—she is coediting a volume in the Children’s Literature Association’s Centennial Studies Series celebrating the significance of this magazine. The volume is tentatively titled A Centennial Celebration of The Brownies’ Book and is scheduled for publication in 2022.