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Michael O. Tunnell taught children’s literature at Brigham Young University for 24 years and has written several books about literature for young readers, including The Story of Ourselves: Teaching History Through Children’s Literature (Heinemann), and Children’s Literature Briefly (Pearson). He also has written chapters for various professional books and has published numerous professional articles in leading educational journals, including The Reading Teacher, Language Arts, The Horn Book, Children’s Literature in Education, School Library Journal, The Journal of Educational Research, Book Links, Social Education, and Literacy Research and Instruction. He has also reviewed books for several publications, including Booklist. Tunnell has twice helped choose the John Newbery Medal winner, the most prestigious of children’s book awards. He and his wife, Glenna, live in Orem, Utah, and are the parents of four children and the grandparents of ten grandchildren. He retired from Brigham Young University as chair of the Department of Teacher Education.
Michael O. Tunnell also has written picture books, informational books, and novels for young readers of different ages. Many of his books are about historical topics, such as The Children of Topaz, a photo-essay about the Japanese-American internment camp located in Utah during World War II. Other examples include the picture book, Mailing May (illustrated by Ted Rand), which is the amazing true story of a five-year-old girl in