Mary Ann is passionate about providing children with authentic reading, writing, listening, and speaking opportunities in and outside of the classroom, and believes that literature can change lives.  A resident of Stratham, New Hampshire,  Mary Ann has been teaching children’s literature and literacy at Lesley University’s Graduate School of Education since 2006. Prior to that, she spent over a decade teaching language arts and the humanities in public schools in New York and New England. Mary Ann is the coauthor of both Teaching with Text Sets (Shell, 2012) and Teaching to Complexity: An Evaluation Framework for Literary and Content-Area Texts (Shell, 2013), writes about using children’s literature in the K-8 classroom at “The Classroom Bookshelf,” a School Library Journal blog, and chairs the National Council of Teachers of English Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Committee through 2018. Mary Ann presents regionally and nationally, partners with museums and libraries, has appeared on public radio, and consults with public television.