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Coming Soon: A podcast about books for children and young adults.

Classroom bookshelf logo in the center of four photos featuring the headshots of Mary Anne Cappielo, Katie Cunningham, Erika Thuline Dawes and Grace Enriquez

The Classroom Bookshelf podcast features conversations about diverse children’s and young adult books for K-8 educators.

In each episode, our hosts select a theme and discuss diverse books on that theme, as well as ways to make literacy learning meaningful, memorable, and joyful.

How to Subscribe

Once the podcast launches, you can subscribe to it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or Spotify.

Ideas and Recommendations

Have an idea for an episode or need a recommendation? Contact us.


Watch this space for our first episode.

Meet Our Hosts

MaryAnn Cappiello headshot

MaryAnn Cappiello is a professor of Language and Literacy in the Graduate School of Education at Lesley. Prior to that, she served as a curriculum facilitator for English Language Arts and Social Studies at the middle level, and taught English Language Arts and Humanities at the middle and high school level. At Lesley, she teaches courses in children's and young adult literature and literacy methods, including a specialized course in nonfiction for children and young adults. She also mentors the content literacy and children’s literature courses and advises doctoral students. Read more about MaryAnn here.


Katie Cunningham headshot

Katie Egan Cunningham is a veteran classroom teacher, literacy consultant, and teacher educator with twenty years of experience in education. She is an associate professor of Literacy and English Education at Manhattanville College where she teaches literacy methods, teacher research, and children’s literature courses. Katie is the author of Start with Joy: Designing Literacy Learning for Student Happiness, published by Stenhouse in the fall of 2019. Learn more about Katie on her website.


Erika Thulin Dawes headshot

Erika Thulin Dawes is a professor of Language and Literacy in Lesley's Graduate School of Education. A former elementary classroom teacher, reading specialist, and literacy administrator, Erika now teaches and mentors courses in early childhood literacy, children's literature, and elementary literacy methods. Read more about Erika here.


Grace Enriquez headshot

Grace Enriquez is an associate professor of Language and Literacy in Lesley's Graduate School of Education and teaches a variety of courses for the Language and Literacy programs at Lesley. A former English Language Arts teacher and literacy staff developer, she bridges her work with teachers and students with ethnographic and critical research in high-needs urban populations to examine their responses to literacy instruction in school contexts. Specifically, her scholarship focuses on children’s literature for social justice; critical literacies; reader response; intersections of literacies, identities, and embodiment; and the teaching of writing. Read more about Grace here.