Newsmaker: Courtney Weikle-Mills
Noteworthy: Recently received the Honor Book Award from the Children’s Literature Association at its annual conference, held this year in Richmond, Va. The association granted Weikle-Mills the honor for her 2013 book “Imaginary Citizens: Child Reader and the Limits of American Independence, 1640-1868.”
Family: Husband, Ryan Mills; son, Soren, 4
Occupation: This year became director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Children’s Literature Program
Background: Weikle-Mills came to Pitt in 2007 to teach children’s literature and American literature. In 2008, she conducted research for her award-winning book at the American Antiquarian Society, looking mainly at 18th- and 19th-century American children’s books. She has published articles in Early American Literature and the Oxford Handbook of Children’s Literature and guest-edited a volume of American Periodicals on children’s periodicals.
Education: Bachelor’s degrees in English and journalism, Indiana University; master’s and Ph.D in English, Ohio State University.
Quote: “Children’s literature represents some of a society’s most concentrated efforts to transmit its values to a new generation, so (the works) can tell us a lot about what those values are and how they are changing.”