Wanda Brooks, Ed.D.

Wanda Brooks, Ed.D.

Associate Professor
Teaching & Learning

Ritter Hall 449 
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091
phone: (215) 204-3344

  • Ed.D. University of Pennsylvania in Reading, Writing, Literacy
  • M.A. University of California at Berkeley in Language & Literacy
  • B.S. Hampton University in Elementary-Middle School Education
Areas of Professional Interest
  • African American Children’s and Young Adult Literature
  • Middle School Readers & Reader Response
  • Teaching Youth in Urban Schools
  • Literacy Education
Recent Scholarship

Journal Articles:

Brooks, W. & Cueto, D. (2018). Contemplating and Extending the Scholarship on Children's and Young Adult Literature. Journal of Literacy Research, 50(1), 9-30.

Brooks, W. & McNair, J. (2015). ‘Combing’ through representations of Black girls’ hair in African American children’s literature'. Children’s Literature in Education, 46(3), 296-307.

Brooks, W. & McNair, J. (2015). Expanding the canon: Classic African American young adult literature. The ALAN Review. Winter, 15-23.

Leonard, J., Moore, C. & Brooks, W. (2014). Teaching mathematics for social justice using multicultural children’s literature. The Urban Review. 46(3), 325-348.

Brooks, W., & Smith, M.  Literacy Teaching and Learning in a Community Based Arts Program. (2013)  Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. 57(1), 51-59.

Brooks, W., Kaimal, G., Savage, L., Gongzaga, A. (2012). Inspiring Academically Talented High School Students for a Career in Urban Teaching. The Urban Review, 44(4), 423-440.

McNair, J. & Brooks, W. (2012). African American transitional chapter books. The Reading Teacher, 65(8), 567-577.

Brooks, W. & Browne, S. (2012). Toward a culturally situated reader response model. Children's Literature in Education, 42(1), 74-85.

Brooks, W., Sekayi, D., Savage, L., Waller, E., Picot, I. (2010). Narrative significations of contemporary Black girlhood. Research in the Teaching of English, 45 (1), 7-35.

Leonard, J., Brooks, W., Barnes-Johnson J. & Berry, R. (2010). The nuances and complexities of teaching mathematics for cultural relevance and social justice. Journal of Teacher Education, 61 (3), 261-270.

Brooks, W. & McNair, J. (2009). “This story of mine is not unique:” A review of research on African Americans in children’s literature. Review of Educational Research, 79(1), 125-162.

Brooks, W. & Savage, L. (2009). Critiques and Controversies of Street Literature: A Formidable Genre. The ALAN Review, 37(3), 48-55.

Brooks, W. (2009). An author as a counter-storyteller: Applying Critical Race Theory to A Coretta Scott King Award Book. Children’s Literature in Education: An International Quarterly, 40(1), 33-43.

Brooks, W., Brown, S. & Hampton, G. (2008). “There ain’t no accounting for what folks see!” Considering colorism within a Sharon Flake narrative. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 51(8), 660-669.

Hampton, G. & Brooks, W. (2007). Octavia Butler and Virginia Hamilton: Black women writers navigating the margins of otherness in the genre of science fiction. Children’s Literature Review, 127. {Reprint from the English Journal, 92(6), 70-65}.

Brooks, W. (2006). Reading representations of themselves: Urban youth use culture and African American textual features to develop literary understandings. Reading Research Quarterly, 41(4), 372-393.

Chapters in Books

Brooks, W. (2016). “Having Something of Their Own”: Passing on a Counter-Story about Family Bonds, Racism and Land Ownership. In, Short K. (Eds). Critical Content Analysis of Children’s and Young Adult Literature: Reframing Perspectives. New York, NY: Routledge.

Brooks, W. & Browne, S. (2012). Towards a culturally situated reader response model. In, Mackey, M. (Ed). Picturebooks and Literary Understanding, in Honor of Lawrence Sipe. (pp. 74-85). New York: Springer.

Brown, S. & Brooks, W. (2008). Historical fiction and “cultural evocations” in a community based literary club. In, Brooks, W. & McNair, J. (Eds.), Embracing, Evaluating and Examining African American Children’s and Young Adult Literature. (pp. 97-110). Lanham: Scarecrow Press.

Brooks, W. (2007). The literary voices of urban readers: Multi-factor influences on textual interpretations. In, Solomon, R. & Sekayi, D. (Eds.), Urban Teacher Education and Teaching: Possibilities and Hope in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean. (pp. 195-206). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.


Brooks, W. & McNair, J. (2008). (Eds.) Embracing, Evaluating and Examining African American Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.

Dec. 2017 Critical Content Analysis and a Text Set: Reading Black Girls across the African Diaspora. Literacy Research Association Conference: Tampa, FL.
Dec. 2017 Interpretations of Racial Narratives in Culturally Conscious Picturebooks. Literacy Research Association Conference: Tampa, FL
Feb. 2017 Introducing the Delphi Method in Qualitative Research. Paper presented at the Ethnography in Education Research Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
Dec. 2016 Transformative Approaches to Critical Content Analysis of Children's and YA Literature: Methodology Informs Instruction. Paper presented at the Literacy Research Association Conference. Nashville, TN.
Dec. 2015 ‘Black Lives Matter’: Reading a Novel to Corroborate Contemporary Racism.  Paper presented at the Literacy Research Association Conference. San Diego, CA.
Dec. 2014 LRA Study Group: CRT as a Theoretical Perspective Underlying Qualitative Research.
Paper presented at the Literacy Research Association Conference, Marco Island, FL.
Dec. 2014 Boundaries, Barriers, and Bridges: Multicultural Young Adult Literature in Preservice Teachers' Examinations of Race. Panel discussant at the Literacy Research Association Conference, Marco Island, FL.4
April 2014 From Picture to Chapter Books: Literary Portrayals, African American Girls and the Textual Subtleties of "Growing Up". Paper presented the American Education Association Research Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
Feb. 2013 Multicultural Children’s Literature as a Context for Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice. Paper presented at the Association of Teacher Educator’s Conference, Atlanta, GA.
Dec. 2012 Feminist Theory and Content Analysis: Developmental Depictions of Black Girls in Picture, Transitional and Chapter Books. Paper presented at the Literacy Research Association Conference. San Diego, CA.