Patricia J. Cianciolo is professor emeritus at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, where she taught courses in the critical reading and reviewing of literature for children, adolescent literature, and illustrations in children's books. She holds a Ph.D. from Ohio State University and a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has done extensive research in children's response to literature and book illustrations as well as in the teaching and learning of literature in the elementary grades. Cianciolo has published numerous professional books and articles on aspects of literature for children and adolescents; has presented papers and led workshops and institutes at the state, national, and international levels; and has served as a visiting professor at universities and as a literacy consultant to school systems nationally and internationally. She also has served on several children's literature award committees.