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Dr. Sylvia VardellSylvia Vardell, Ph.D.

School of Library and Information Studies

Professional Preparation

Ph.D., 1983, University of Minnesota
Curriculum and Instruction: Childrenís Literature/Language Arts

B.S., 1976, University of Texas
Elementary Education

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, University of Texas at Arlington, School of Education
  • Assistant Professor, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, College of Education
  • Associate Professor and Fulbright Scholar, University of Zimbabwe
  • Assistant Professor, University of Houston-Victoria, Division of Education


  • At Masterís level: LS 5603 Literature for Children and Young Adults, LS 5623 Advanced Literature for Young Adults, LS 5653 Multicultural Childrenís Literature, LS 5663 Poetry for Children
  • At Doctoral level: LS 6643 Nonfiction for Children and Young Adults, LS 6633 Materials and Services for the Very Young Child, LS 6623 History of Childrenís Literature
  • Advises an average of 50 MLS students each semester
  • Has chaired/is chairing 12 dissertations and theses
  • Originated and edits Librariansí Choices, an annual review and selection guide for the latest books for children and young adults
  • Texas Womanís University, College of Professional Education: Teacher of the Year Award, 2003, 2012; Outstanding Academic Mentor/Advisor Award, 2010


Dr. Vardell has authored or co-authored more than eighty published articles and has contributed chapters to or has authored more than twenty-five books including:

  • Vardell, S.M. (2013). The poetry Friday anthology for middle school. Pomelo Books (with Janet Wong).
  • Vardell, S.M. (2012). The poetry Friday anthology. Pomelo Books (with Janet Wong).
  • Vardell, S.M. (2012). The poetry teacherís book of lists. Pomelo Books.
  • Vardell, S.M. (2006/2014). Poetry aloud here!: Sharing poetry with children in the library. American Library Association.
  • Vardell, S.M. (2007). Poetry people: A practical guide to childrenís poets. Libraries Unlimited.
  • Vardell, S.M. (2008/2014). Childrenís literature in action: A librarianís guide. Libraries Unlimited.
  • Dr. Vardell is the regular poetry columnist for Book Links magazine published by the American Library Association and maintains a regular professional blog on sharing poetry with young people, PoetryforChildren
  • Dr. Vardell has edited digital anthologies of poetry for young people with collaborator Janet Wong: PoetryTagtime; p*tag; Gift Tag; The Poetry Friday Anthology.†
  • Received more than $150,000 in federal and other grants


  • Member, Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults Committee, Young Adult Library Services Association
  • Member, Wilder Award Committee, Association for Library Service to Children
  • Member, Arbuthnot Committee, Association for Library Service to Children
  • Member, Sibert Award for Informational Books, American Library Association
  • Member, Odyssey Award for Outstanding Audiobooks, ALSC/YALSA
  • Dr. Vardell served as editor of Bookbird, the journal of the International Board on Books for Young People.
  • President, United States Board on Books for Young People
  • Co-Chair, National Council of Teachers of English Excellence in Poetry for Children Award
  • Judge, Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award
  • Chair, Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children
  • Dr. Vardell has also made more than one hundred presentations at the regional and national level

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