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Promoting Literacy Throughout the

State of Missouri

Journal of the

Missouri Reading Association


Sam Bommarito, Ed.D.

Jennings Schools (retired)

Volume 42, Issue 1

Fall 2018


Glenda Nugent M.Ed.

Little Rock Schools (retired)


Editors' Expressions

Sam Bommarito and Glenda Nugent

And Beyond!

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Invaluable Invitation

For the Fun of It (And the Learning Just Happens!)

David L. Harrison

Award-wining Children’s Author and Poet David Harrison encourages children to write and have FUN!

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Thinking Aloud to Build Students’ Comprehension

Molly Ness

See how think alouds can be beneficial for a wide variety of readers across a wide variety of texts.

Picture REALLY IS Worth a Thousand Words

Julie Bryant and Tamara Samek

Try out this P.I.C.T.U.R.E. walk like none other for utilizing wordless picture books in your classroom.

2018 MO-STAR List: Inspiring Books to Promote Integration of Science and Language Arts

Jennifer Fox

The 2018 Missouri Science Trade Book Annual Reading List (MO-STAR) includes some of last year’s best books to help engage K-5 readers in learning science.

The Black and White of Using Diverse Literature

Anita Lael

Is the literature used in elementary classrooms a major factor in the achievement gap between African American and Caucasian children?

Rethinking Time and Instructional Priorities in Literacy

Harry Mercurio

This article emphasizes the best use of time and instructional strategies during the allotted time for reading and language arts in grades four and beyond.


CHILDREN’s RIGHT TO LITERACY The Children’s Rights to Literacy initiative was launched by the International Literacy Association (ILA) to ensure every child has access to the education, opportunities and resources needed to read.

The Missouri Reader

Vol. 42, Issue 1

Editorial Board 2018-2019

Ann Powell-Brown, Ph.D.

University of Central Missouri

Carolyn I. Brown, Ph.D. Webster University

Julie Bryant, Ed.D. Southwest Baptist University

Julius Anthony

St, Louis Black Authors Assn.

Dawna Buchanan, Ph.D.

University of Central Missouri

Lauren Edmondson, Ed.D.

Drury University

Jennifer Fox, Ed.D.

Southwest Baptist University

Diana Houlle

Harmony Elementary School

Blue Valley School District

Annemarie Jay, Ph.D

Widener University

William Kerns, Ph.D.

Harris Stowe State University

Dianne Koehnecke, Ed. D. Webster University

Anita Lael, Ed.D

Lincoln University

Kayla Lewis, Ph. D.

Missouri State University

Denise Mounts Ed.D.

University of Arkansas

Molly Ness, M.Ed.

Fordham University

Katherine O'Daniels, Ph.D. University of MO-St. Louis

Lara Nugent, M.Ed.

University of Missouri

Cynthia Hail Wilson, Ph.D. Missouri State University

Many thanks to these reviewers! We invite you to become a member of the Editorial Board by contacting Glenda Nugent.

The Missouri Reader is a peer-reviewed online journal that is published twice a year by the Missouri Literacy Association, an affiliate of the Internationa lLiteracy Association, as a thoughtful forum for the consideration of issues, practices, research, and ideas in the field of literacy. Its contents do not reflect or imply endorsement by the Missouri Literacy Association or the International Literacy Association.


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