• KaaVonia Hinton is an associate professor in the Department of Teaching & Learning at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Kaa was the director of the Tidewater Writing Project for seven years. Her research interests are young adult literature and educational biography. She is the author of several books, including Sharon M. Draper: Embracing Literacy (2009) and co-author (with Gail K. Dickinson) of Integrating Multicultural Literature in Libraries and Classrooms in Secondary Schools (2007) and (with Katherine T. Bucher) Young Adult Literature: Exploration, Evaluation and Appreciation, 3rd ed. (2013).
  • Selected Publications

    Articles In Academic Journals

    Year Title
    2018 Down Home : Going South in Rita Williams-Garcia's NovelsChildren's Literature Association Quarterly. 307-324.
    2017 "Your Hair Ain't Naughty:" Representations of Women in Rita Williams-Garcia's NovelsLion and the Unicorn. 327-343.
    2017 Effect of a Mindful Breathing Intervention on Community College Students’ Writing Apprehension and Writing PerformanceCommunity College Journal of Research and Practice. 1-15.
    2017 On the Street: A “Radical Change” in Urban Fiction Featuring YouthThe Dragon Lode. 79-88.
    2016 Fostering Habits of Mind: A Framework for Reading Historical Nonfiction Illustrated by the Case of Hitler YouthVoices from the Middle. 38-44.
    2016 Love Is True-Blue: Grandmothering in Rita Williams-Garcia’s One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be ElevenMiddle School Journal. 15-22.
    2015 Mirroring Ourselves: Teacher Educators of Color Reading Multicultural TextsIssues in Teacher Education. 23-42.
    2014 Guadalupe García McCall: A Storyteller of Cultures and OdysseysSIGNAL Journal. 17-21.
    2014 Historical Fiction in English and Social Studies Classrooms: Is It a Natural Marriage?English Journal. 22-27.
    2014 Shannon Hitchcock: A New Voice in Historical FictionThe ALAN Review. 62-65.
    2011 Are We Comfortable Teaching This?: Using Banned Books as a Vehicle for Teaching about World War II-Era Japan and KoreaMulticultural Education. 24-30.
    2011 Are we feeling comfortable teaching it? A self-study of four teacher educators’ conversations about So Far from the Bamboo GroveMulticultural Education.
    2005 Guiding young readers to multicultural literatureLibrary Media Connection. 42-46.
    2005 Narrowing the gap between readers and writersVoices in the Middle. 15-20.
    2005 Subverting beauty aesthetics in African American young adult literatureMulticultural Review. 28-35.
    2004 Jacqueline Woodson: Keeping it Real about Social IssuesJournal of Children’s Literature. 26-30.
    2004 Literacy, Literature, and DiversityJournal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. 284-288.


    Year Title
    2013 Young Adult Literature: Exploration, Evaluation and Appreciation. (3rd ed.).  New York, NY: Pearson.
    2010 Mathematics in the K-8 Classroom and Library.  Linworth.
    2009 Sharon Draper: Embracing Literacy.  Lanham, MD: Scarecrow.
    2008 Teaching Multicultural Literature to Help Children Understand Ethnic Diversity: Essays and Experiences.  Edwin Mellen.
    2007 Integrating Multicultural Literature in Libraries and Classrooms in Secondary Schools.  Linworth.
    2006 Angela Johnson: Poetic Prose.  Lanham, MD: Scarecrow.


    Year Title
    2014 “I was carrying the burden of my race.”: Reading Matters of Race and Hope in YA Literature by Walter Dean Myers and Sherman AlexieComing of Age: The Critical Merits of Young Adult Literature. Routledge.
    2004 Taking Children Seriously: June Jordan’s Contribution to African American Children’s Literature.Still Seeking an Attitude: Critical Reflections on the Work of June Jordan. Lexington Books.
    2003 “Dreams Hanging in the Air Like Smoke”: A Personal Reflection of Factors Influencing Enrollment & Persistence in Higher Education.Academics in Black: African American Doctoral Students Speak on Higher Education. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

    Education And Training

  • Ph.D. in English Education, The Ohio State University 2003
  • M.A. in English and African American Literature, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University 1996
  • B.S. in English Education, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University 1995
  • Full Name

  • Kaavonia Hinton