Wayne State University

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Alumna Rudine Sims Bishop to receive lifetime achievement award

Published Monday, April 17, 2017

Rudine Sims Bishop, Ed.D.College of Education alumna Rudine Sims Bishop, Ed.D., is the recipient of the 2017 Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The American Library Association chose Bishop because of her substantial contributions through active engagement with youth using award-winning African American literature for children and/or young adults via implementation of reading and reading-related activities and programs. The award will be presented during the ALA’s annual conference, scheduled to take place June 22-27 in Chicago.

Bishop earned a bachelor’s in elementary education from West Chester University and became an elementary school teacher in 1959. She later earned a master’s in education from the University of Pennsylvania before coming to Wayne State to begin the doctor of education program in curriculum development with a concentration in reading and children’s literature.

Known widely as a literacy pioneer and scholar, Bishop is the author of several books. Her first, Shadow and Substance: African American Experience in Contemporary Fiction, is still recognized as a groundbreaking study of African American children’s literature. It not only provided a theoretical framework for evaluating multicultural children’s literature but also served as the impetus for a movement that increased the growth and availability of multicultural children’s literature and understanding of its importance. Other publications include Free Within Ourselves: The Development of African American Children’s Literature, Presenting Walter Dean Myers, Kaleidoscope: A Multicultural Booklist for Grades K-8, Wonders: The Best Children’s Poems of Effie Lee Newsome and Historical Themes, Tales and Legends: The Art of Jerry Pinkney.

Bishop became a faculty member, teaching courses in reading, literature and language arts at Morgan State University, Wayne State, the State University of New York at Buffalo, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In 1986, she joined the faculty at The Ohio State University, where she taught classes in children’s literature, mentored and advised doctoral students, chaired the Language, Literacy and Culture program and co-chaired the Children’s Literature Conference. She retired in 2002.

Bishop is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Outstanding Elementary Language Arts Educator from the National Council of Teachers of English and the Arbuthnot Award from the International Reading Association. She was inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame in 2001.

Photo of Rudine Sims Bishop provided courtesy of The Ohio State University

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