• Graff, J. M. & Liang, L. A., Martinez, M. G., McClure, A., Day, D., Sableski, M-K., & Arnold, J. (2022). Contemporary children’s literature in education courses: Diverse, complex, and critical. Literacy Practice and Research. Vol. 47. Published, 09/2022.

Research Statement

Lauren Aimonette Liang is an associate professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Utah and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in children’s and young adult literature and reading instruction. Her research focuses on the interrelated areas of selection and evaluation of children's literature and K-12 students’ understanding and engagement with specific texts. Within the overlap of the two she investigates educational uses of children’s literature to support meaning-making processes, text characteristics as related to children's and teens' response and comprehension of texts, and the role of children’s literature in teacher preparation programs.

Research Keywords

  • Young Adult Literature
  • Reading
  • Literacy
  • Education
  • Comprehension
  • Children's Literature

Research Equipment and Testing Expertise

  • Extensive children's literature collection. Contact: Lauren Aimonette Liang , 801-455-5364 , 3220 SAEC .

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Germany
    International Youth Library.
  • Philippines