Reading the Rainbow: Part 1 of a Conversation with Jill M. Hermann-Wilmarth and Caitlin L. Ryan

Caitlin Ryan and Jill Hermann-Wilmarth with their new book

Jill M. Hermann-Wilmarth (PhD UGA) is Professor of Social Foundations at Western Michigan State University in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Educational Studies. Full disclosure: Jill majored in Religious Studies at Agnes Scott College, where she did a Directed Reading course in Paulo Freire with Tina. Caitlin L. Ryan is Associate Professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy, and Special Education in the Watson College of Education at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

In Part 1 Jill and Caitlin talk about how they came to write their recent book, Reading the Rainbow: LGBTQ-Inclusive Literacy Instruction in the Elementary Classroom (Teachers College Press, 2018). Their commitments to teacher education and inclusive curriculum is necessary for k-12 educators and also higher education classes. What does (the ideal of) full inclusion look like? Jill and Caitlin work with lgbtq children’s and young adult literature and also show how to queer other literature (e.g. Harry Potter).