Sylvia H. Cross, Eastman Grant Chair
The Eastman Grant committee is pleased to announce that Andrea Wyman, Ph.D. is the recipient of the 2005 WNBA Ann Heidbreder Eastman Grant.
Dr. Wyman is an Assistant Professor/Curriculum Materials Librarian at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where she currently oversees the university library’s juvenile fiction and nonfiction collection and a curriculum materials center that is used by the education majors. She also teaches classes in children’s literature as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Library Science at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.
Andrea Wyman has enrolled in two courses at Seton Hill University. Marketing Children’s Literature and Recent Trends will explore changes in publishing children’s literature such as paperback publishing, juvenile book clubs, ethnic children’s literature, picture books for older children, and children’s-only bookstores.
Writing the Picture Book will include such topics as understanding reading level, choosing appropriate subject matter, and examples of well- and poorly-done picture books.
Dr. Wyman is interested in developing a better understanding of juvenile literature reading levels, small-press publishing, multicultural themes, and the growing trend of using picture books with older children. The outcome of these courses would be two market-ready picture book manuscripts.