Christina Dorr Ph.D., Professional Author, Speaker, Consultant, Media Specialist, University Faculty

Open "Dorrs" to Diverse/Authentic Books for All Children & Young Adults — What a Wild Ride!

It all started when my mother read to me and took me to the tiny public library in our village in Northern New York State. Now many years later I'm in my 30th year in libraries, public, colleges, but mostly schools. The last few have been middle schools, which I'm loving! My education includes a Ph.D. in children's & YA literature/literacy from the Ohio State University (OSU). I'm so proud to have been mentored by both Rudine Sims Bishop and Janet Hickman. It doesn't get any better than that. I've also loved the last 10 years teaching adjunct for OSU and Kent State University. I have the unique experience of having taught from preschool to grad school.

The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her books:

LGBTQAI+ Books for Children and Teens: Providing a Window for All (co-authored by Lizabeth Deskins):

“This resource gives school librarians, children’s, and YA librarians, [and teachers] the guidance and tools they need to confidently share these books with the patrons they support.” —ALAstore Starred Review

Linking Picture Book Biographies to National Content Standards: 200+ Lives to Explore (co-authored by Lizabeth Deskins):

“Picture book biographies are ideal for promoting nonfiction reading at all ages. This single-volume book saves you time by handing you the best in new picture book biographies accompanied by unit and lesson ideas.” —ABC-CLIO

Why the author is an authority on the subject of her books:

For the past 21 years, I've written numerous articles, columns, book reviews, and co-published two books just recently on children's & YA literature. I've also presented nationally & internationally, and have begun consulting as well. I hope to do much more of all of these as retirement nears.

My past experience on book committees includes several statewide committees in both Ohio and New York State, fiction, nonfiction, and lifetime achievement awards. Nationally, I've served on a two-year term of the Notables Children's books, one year on the Geisel Award, two years on the Coretta Scott King Jury, two years on the Youth Stonewall Committee (charing for the second year), and currently serving on YALSA's Nonfiction Award committee. I was just elected to the 2020 Caldecott committee — what a dream come true this is!


#2 Best Seller ALA Publishing 2018


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Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:

I've been presenting for over 21 years to media specialists, youth librarians, teachers at state, national, and international conferences, workshops, courses, and webinars. These include the American Library Association, National Reading Recovery Conference, and the Marantz Symposium at Kent State University. I present on many topics:

  • Diverse literature for all children LGBTQIA+ literature

  • Bringing authors/illustrators to your school or library Picture books as art forms

  • Hooking reluctant readers

  • Biographies as valuable teaching tools

  • From poverty to possibility

  • Trade books as effective early readers

  • The best of the best new titles

  • Building a community of readers

  • Genre studies, author studies, and illustrator studies

  • Integrating books and reading into all aspects of the life of your organization

  • Sharing banned books

  • Breaking into publishing for your colleagues

  • And more!

Simply contact me to inquire.

Presentation Audience:



101-300 Appearances



Willing to Travel

Book Type:




Character Education




Performing Arts



Youth Issues