Penny Kittle, of Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, teaches freshmen composition. She worked 34 years in public schools as a teacher and literacy coach, 21 of those at Kennett High School in North Conway. She co-wrote 180 Days with Kelly Gallagher and is the author of Book Love and Write Beside Them, which received the James Britton Award. She also collaborated on two books with her tutor, Don Graves, and co-edited a collection of Graves' work, Children Want to Write, with Tom Newkirk. She is the president of the Book Love Foundation and was honored by NCTE's Conference on English Leadership with the Outstanding Leader Award.
Penny teaches graduate students at the University of New Hampshire Reading Institutes throughout the summer. She travels all around the United States during the year. Speaking to teachers in the United States, Canada, and occasionally even further afield on empowering students through literacy independence. She believes that both students and instructors benefit from curiosity, involvement, and deep thought in the classroom.
Penny stands on the shoulders of her mentors, the Dons (Murray & Graves) and the Toms (Newkirk & Romano), in her opinion that focused teaching in a reading and writing workshop results in the greatest student investment and learning. Visit Penny Kittle's websites, pennykittle.net and booklovefoundation.org, for additional information, or follow her on Twitter. Penny's kids produce a statement on how their reading choices have influenced them.