Professor of Reading and Language at the National College of Education of National-Louis University in Chicago, Illinois, and the Director of the Center for Teaching through Children’s Books. Her topics center on issues of multicultural and international literature, the acquisition of literacy by students from culturally and economically diverse backgrounds, and improving literacy instruction through quality literature. She is past president of the U.S. national section of the International Board on Books for Young People, and has served on numerous committees of the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. Dr. Yokota is a recipient of the Virginia Hamilton Award for Contribution to Multicultural Literature and of the Reading the World Award.