Dr. Lina Sun Wins 2017 Virginia Hamilton Essay Award for VOYA Article

VOYA Magazine is pleased to share that Dr. Lina Sun has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Virginia Hamilton Essay Award for her article in the June 2016 issue of VOYA Magazine, “Constructing Knowledge about China and Chinese Americans with Young Adult Literature.”

Sun earned her Ph.D. in C & I (concentration in Literacy Education) from Saint Louis University. She is now working at the School of Foreign Languages of China University of Petroleum (Beijing). Her research interests include children’s and young adult literature, critical literacy, and ESL academic writing. “Constructing Knowledge about China and Chinese Americans with Young Adult Literature” is supported by the Science Foundation of CUP (Beijing) (2462015YJRC006).

Established in 1991, the Virginia Hamilton Essay Award recognizes a journal article published in a given year which makes a significant contribution to professional literature concerning multicultural literary experiences for youth. The award is given annually at the Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature held at Kent State University each spring. As the award recipient, Dr. Sun will receive a plaque recognizing her accomplishment.

The Virginia Hamilton Conference Board reads numerous articles each year before selecting that one that they feel deserves recognition. For more information on the conference, check the website at http://www.kent.edu/virginiahamiltonconference.  The Virginia Hamilton Conference is the longest running conference dedicated to multicultural literature for youth in the country.

VOYA Magazine regularly solicits and publishes scholarly articles and always support those that discuss the importance of diversity.  VOYA will consider any writer’s scholarly research for inclusion in VOYA. Founded in 1978, Voice of Youth Advocates, or (VOYA), Magazine is the leading library journal dedicated to the needs of young adult librarians, the advocacy of young adults, and the promotion of young adult literature and reading. Regular columns by highly-respected young adult library leaders and several feature articles appear in each issue to provide information, not only on books and reading, but also on young adult library programming, gaming, professional development, intellectual freedom, young adult author interviews and profiles, and other topics vital to librarians serving young adults. VOYA was one of the earliest and remains one of the strongest advocates for intellectual freedom and equal access to information for teens.

Great things can happen when you write for VOYA! Lots of opportunities for writers and thinkers. Contact Editor-in-Chief RoseMary Ludt at rmludt@voyamagazine.com.

Download “Constructing Knowledge about China and Chinese Americans with Young Adult Literature” here.

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