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Mona Kerby
  • Professor of Education

Mona Kerby

I started my professional career as a kindergarten teacher in Texas, never dreaming that I would one day become a writer and graduate school professor in Maryland.

As a little girl, I loved reading and learning. This early love became my life's mission – to teach the joys of reading and to also help school librarians improve their library collections so that they can help their own learners develop into knowledgeable, caring, and wise global citizens.


Ph.D. and M.L.S. in Library Science, Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas
M.Ed. Counseling Education, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas
B.A. in Elementary Education and Spanish, Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth, Texas

Research Interests

  • Collection development

  • School librarianship

  • History and science books for children and teens

Recent Courses

  • SLM 503: Literature for Children

  • SLM 506: Collection Development

  • WRT 505: Nonfiction: Writing for Grades PreK-12

Selected Publications

Kerby, Mona. An Introduction to Collection Development for School Librarians. Chicago: American Library Association, 2019.

"Owney, the Mail Pouch Pooch." Illustrated by Lynne Barasch. New York: Frances Foster/FSG, 2008.

  • Starred review in School Library Journal, April 2008
  • Positive reviews in Horn Book, Booklist, and Kirkus
  • 2009-10 Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading Book Award Master List
  • 2009-10 Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards Program Nominee
  • 2009 Bank Street College, Best Children's Books of the Year List, 100th Anniversary Edition
  • 2010-2011 Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award Nominee;
  • Rutgers University Project on Economics and "Children's Top Five" in Economic Role of Government Choice
  • Missouri Show Me Reader Award Nominee, 2010-11
  • South Carolina Book Award Nominee, 2010-11
  • "Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch" video posted to YouTube, November 9, 2007. Seen 15,546 times as of June 12, 2019.

"Reading Fun, Quick and Easy Activities for the School Library Media Center." Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1998.

"Frederick Douglass." New York: Watts, 1994.

"38 Weeks till Summer Vacation." New York: Viking, 1989.

  • Kirkus Reviews praised 38 Weeks, saying Kerby wrote with "[Beverly] Cleary like-veracity."
  • 38 Weeks was named to the Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Master List of books for Young Readers in 1992.
  • Minnesota students voted it their favorite in 1994.

Clubs and community involvement

  • Professional Memberships in American Library Association (ALA), American Association of School Librarians (AASL), Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC), Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS)

  • Authors Guild

  • International Association of School Librarians

  • Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL)

  • Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

Awards and Honors

  • McDaniel College L. Stanley Bowlsbey Professor of Education and Graduate and Professional Studies Endowed Chair, 2016-2020

  • McDaniel College Outstanding Teacher Award, 2012

  • McDaniel College Faculty Book Award, 2008, 2006, 1996, 1995

  • Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to fund 12 Maryland teachers' masters degrees in School Librarianship, June 2012-2015;

  • Named to the Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster for 2006-2011 as an expert in school librarianship and children's literature;

  • Siddie Joe Johnson Award for Outstanding Library Service to Children in the State of Texas, 1990

Mona Kerby

"Mona is wonderful, very prepared."
"Ms. Kerby was always prepared and available to answer questions."
"My professor was very knowledgeable."
"Challenging, communicative, and supportive."
"Kerby is the gold standard of the SLM department."

Anonymous comments from Spring 2019 student course evaluations