Jonda McNair

The Majesty and Magic of Children’s Literature


Jonda C. McNair is the Charlotte S. Huck Endowed Professor of Children’s Literature. She specializes in literature intended for youth with an emphasis on books written by and about African Americans. She is a past chair of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee and was a member of the 2019 Randolph Caldecott Award Selection Committee. Dr. McNair is currently serving as chair of the 2021 John Newbery Award Selection Committee. She is also serving as a coeditor of Language Arts, the journal of the Elementary Section of the National Council of Teachers of English. Her work has appeared in journals such as Review of Educational Research, The Reading Teacher, Language Arts, Young Children, The Journal of Negro Education, and Children’s Literature in Education. She is an active member of numerous professional organizations including the National Council of Teachers of English, the American Library Association, and the International Literacy Association. Dr. McNair is a former elementary school teacher of students in grades K–2.