Kathy G. Short has focused her work on global literature, literature circles, curriculum as inquiry, and collaborative learning environments for teachers and children. She is a professor in the program of Language, Reading and Culture at the University of Arizona and has worked extensively with teachers to develop curriculum that actively involves students as readers and inquirers. She has co-authored many books, including Creating Classrooms for Authors and Inquirers, Learning Together through Inquiry, Literature as a Way of Knowing, Talking about Books, Stories Matter: The Complexity of Cultural Authenticity in Children’s Literature, and Essentials of Children’s Literature. She is director of Worlds of Words (, an initiative to build bridges across global cultures through children’s literature and is President of the U.S. national section of IBBY, the International Board of Books for Young People ( She was named the 2011 Outstanding Educator of the Language Arts by the National Council of Teachers of English.

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