Kari-Lynn Winters

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Kari-Lynn Winters
OccupationAuthor, university professor
GenreChildren's literature

Kari Winters, née Moore (born 1969) is a Canadian children's author and literacy researcher. She taught children's literature and drama at the University of British Columbia[1] from 2004 to 2009. In 2010 Winters assumed the post of Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Brock University (Ontario) and co-editor of Teaching and Learning.[2] She advanced to the position of Associate Professor in 2014.


Born in St. Thomas, Ontario, Winters has studied or taught in schools across North America. Her master's thesis "Developing an Arts-Integrated Narrative Reading Comprehension Program for Less Proficient Grade 3 and 4 Students," on exploring the efficacy of using the arts to strengthen less proficient students' reading comprehension, was selected as best Master's Thesis in Literacy in Canada, 2005.[3] Winters completed her PhD in 2009 with a dissertation entitled "Authorship as Assemblage: Multimodal Literacies of Play, Literature, and Drama."[4] She holds a teaching degree from the University of Toronto, in regular and special education for children ages 3–13. She is also a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, where she earned a certificate in technical theatre.[5] Her dramatic work included writing scripts for and performing with Vancouver's theatre-for-literacy troupe Tickle Trunk Players.[6]

Winters has published award-winning children's books,[7][8] children's non-fiction articles, and academic articles, and has herself won multiple Excellence in Teaching awards[9] and won the St. Catharines Arts Awards 2016 "Emerging Artist Award".[10][11]

She says she didn't always consider herself a writer; many of her elementary school years were spent either resisting composition or struggling to write.[12] Her current work explores how she came to appreciate storytelling and children's literature and eventually became a writer herself, and ways to effect a similar transformation in her students.[13] Winters has been featured in radio and newspaper interviews[14] and her academic work has been cited by other literacy researchers.[15][16][17]

From 2010-2012 Winters expanded her work to educational activism, from organizing an annual "Arts Matters" educational conference[18] to raising funds for girls' education in Africa. Proceeds from her book Gift Days are being used to support the charity Because I am a Girl, a movement to "unleash" the power of girls and women in the developing world through education and women’s rights;[19] at its book launch in November 2012, enough money was raised to send 10 girls to school in Uganda for a year.[20] By 2016 she had twenty-six books published or press, and was nominated for the St. Catharines Arts Awards in the "Emerging Artist" category.[21]


Anthology contributions[edit]

  • "Rumors," in Stephen Rogers (ed.), My First Year in the Classroom: 50 Stories That Celebrate the Good, the Bad, and the Most Unforgettable Moments (Cincinnati: Adams Media, 2009)
  • "Rhyme or Reason," ill. by S. Ritchie, in World of Stories (Gumboot Books, 2008)


  • "A Scientist Lives in Our Kitchen." Know Magazine, 9 (May/June, 2007), p. 18.

Journal articles (selected)[edit]

  • Winters, K. et al. (2017). "A Reason to Respond: Finding Agency Through the Arts." International Journal of Education & the Arts 18:25.[22]
  • Winters, Kari-Lynn, Griffin, S. (2014). "Singing is a Celebration of Language: Using Music to Enhance Young Children’s Vocabularies." Language and Literacy, 16(3), 78-91.[23]
  • Wager, A. & Winters, K. (2012). "Expanding Educators’ Awareness of Youth Homelessness through Critical Dramatic Inquiry." In Teaching and Learning 7(3).
  • Winters, K. et al. (2010). "From image to ideology: analysing shifting identity positions of marginalized youth across the cultural sites of video production" In Pedagogies: An International Journal, 5(4), 298–312. This article was later selected among Pedagogies 10th anniversary "Top Articles."[24]
  • Winters, K. (2010). "Quilts of authorship: A literature review of multimodal assemblage in the field of literacy education." In Canadian Journal for New Scholars in Education, 3(1).
  • Winters, Kari-Lynn, Belliveau, George, & Sherritt-Fleming, Lori. (Spring, 2009). "Shifting identities, literacy, and a/r/t/ography: Exploring an educational theatre company." Language and Literacy, 11(1).[25]
  • Rogers, Theresa, Winters, Kari-Lynn, Bryan, G., Price, J., McCormick, F., House, L., Mezzarobba, D., & Sinclaire, C. (March, 2009). "Developing the IRIS: Toward Situated and Valid Assessment Measures in Collaborative Professional Development and School Reform in Literacy." The Reading Teacher, 59(6), 544–553.[26]
  • Winters, K. "Letting Arnold Lobel Pack My Luggage". (Spring 2006) The Dragon Lode: Journal of the Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group, International Reading Association, 24(2) 46–50.

Children's non-fiction articles (selected)[edit]

  • "Honey, I Shrunk My Liver." Know Magazine, 6 (Nov/Dec 2006), p. 4.
  • "Monkeying Around with Perfume." Know Magazine, 9 (May/June, 2007), p. 3.
  • "Measure Me A Measurement." Know Magazine, 11 (September/October, 2007), p. 18.
  • "Colorful Mistakes." Fandangle Magazine for Children, (September, 2007).

Children's fiction articles (selected)[edit]

  • "Jeffrey's Wor(l)ds Meet Sloth," illustrated by Oana Capota. Chameleon Magazine, 2:1, 24-28 (2004).
  • "Esper's Dream," illustrated by Tami Thirlwell. Chameleon Magazine, 3:1, 24-28 (2006).
  • "Extreme Rollers." ChickaDEE Magazine, (January, 2008)
  • "The Mightiest of All." Know Magazine, ( January, 2008)

Academic Books[edit]

  • Winters, K. (2010). Beyond Words: Using the Arts to Enhance Early Reading Comprehension. Birmingham, AL: Look Again Press. Available online.
  • Rogers, T., Winters, K., et al. (2014). Youth, Critical Literacies, and Civic Engagement: Arts, Media, and Literacy in the Lives of Adolescents. New York: Routledge.[27]

Academic book articles (selected)[edit]

  • Winters, K. Rogers, T., Schofield, A (2006). "The Antigone Project: Exploring the Imaginative, Active, and Social Dimensions of Drama, Print Literacy, and Media." In Crumpler T., Schneider, J., and Rogers, T. (eds.). Process Drama: an Educational Tool for Developing Multiple Literacies. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Winters, K. and Rogers, T. (2010). "Textual Play, Satire, and Counter Discourses of Street Youth Zining Practices." In Alvermann, D. (ed.) Adolescents' Online Literacies: Connecting Classrooms, Digital Media, and Popular Culture (New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies), pp. 91–108. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Conference papers cited in third-party publications[edit]

  • Rogers, T. and Winters, K. (2008). "Within 14 blocks: Zining with street youth in the YouthCLAIM project." Presented at the National Reading Conference. Orlando, FL.[15][28]
  • Rogers, T., Winters, K., Perry, M., & LaMonde, A. (2009). "The YouthCLAIM project: Researching critical literacies and arts-integrated media production among youth in classroom and community sites." Presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association. San Diego, CA.[29][30]


  • 1992: Honours Bachelor of Arts, Theatre, Brock University, St. Catharines Ontario
  • 1994: Theatre Technician Certificate, National Theatre School, Montreal
  • 1998: Diploma in Child Study (Master's equivalent), Institute of Child Study, University of Toronto (OISE/UT)
  • 1998: Ontario Certificate of Qualification (Primary/Junior)
  • 2004: Master of Arts, Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia
  • 2009: Doctor of Philosophy, Language and Literacy Education, UBC

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Children’s Writers and Illustrators of British Columbia
  2. ^ "Teaching and Learning journal". Brock University. 2011. Retrieved 2013-03-15.
  3. ^ http://www.csse.ca/CACS/LLRC/awards.htm
  4. ^ Authorship as Assemblage dissertation online
  5. ^ Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers
  6. ^ Tickle Trunk Players
  7. ^ Jeffrey and Sloth awards
  8. ^ Academic/literary awards
  9. ^ Brock University Faculty announces awards for Excellence in Teaching and Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, North Carolina Public Schools
  10. ^ Cheevers, Melinda (June 2, 2016). "Shining a light on St. Catharines's emerging artists: Arts Awards coming June 4". Niagara This Week. Retrieved 2016-06-04.
  11. ^ Fraser, Don (June 5, 2016). "St. Catharines Arts Awards recipients announced". St. Catharines Standard. Retrieved 2016-06-06.
  12. ^ Patrick Brennan. "Weakness Turns to Strength." St. Thomas Times Journal, June 30, 2007
  13. ^ Kitchen, Julian (November 2012). "The Gift of Education". Brock Education Journal 22:1. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
  14. ^ Interviews and press releases
  15. ^ a b Adolescents' Online Literacies: Connecting Classrooms, Digital Media, and Popular Culture, pp. 106, 207
  16. ^ "Pre-censorship of children’s books: Curtailing the freedom of speech and expression of Canadian authors and illustrators" presented at 31st International Board on Books for Young People Congress, Copenhagen 2008
  17. ^ Select third-party academic citations
  18. ^ "Arts Matter promotes art in the classroom". Brock News. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
  19. ^ becauseiamagirl.ca
  20. ^ "Education prof launches new children's book, helps a cause". Brock News. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
  21. ^ "City of St. Catharines Arts Awards". Archived from the original on 2016-04-15. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  22. ^ "A Reason to Respond: Finding Agency Through the Arts" in International Journal of Education & the Arts
  23. ^ "Singing is a Celebration of Language" in Language and Literacy online
  24. ^ Pedagogies "10th Anniversary Top Articles"
  25. ^ "Shifting Literacies" in Language and Literacy online
  26. ^ "Developing the IRIS" in The Reading Teacher online
  27. ^ Publisher page: Routledge Tayler & Francis
  28. ^ YouthCLAIM website
  29. ^ Adolescents' Online Literacies: Connecting Classrooms, Digital Media, and Popular Culture, p. 106
  30. ^ YouthCLAIM at UBC