MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults

Penny Kittle / Visiting Writer

Penny Kittle

Penny Kittle is one of the nation’s leading advocates for child and young adult literacy, and is a sought-after speaker on topics in literacy education K-12 throughout North America and across the world.

She has 33 years in teaching, and has spent the last 20 as a K-12 literacy coach and an English teacher at North Conway’s Kennett High School. She also teaches in the Summer Literacy Institutes at the University of New Hampshire. This fall, she will be teaching writing to college freshmen at Plymouth State University.

Penny is the author of numerous books including 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents (coauthored with Kelly Gallagher), Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers; Children Want to Write (coauthored with Thomas Newkirk); and Write Beside Them: Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing. She also co-authored two books with her mentor, Don Graves. She is the president of the Book Love Foundation and was given the 2015 Exemplary Leader Award from NCTE’s Conference on English Leadership. pennykittle.net