Laretta Henderson

Associate Dean / Associate Professor


Ph.D., University of Iowa
M.A., University of Iowa
M.A., Governors State University
B.A., Illinois State University


Dr. Henderson’s teaching and research areas include multicultural children’s and young adult literature and community literacy.  She holds a PhD in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of Iowa and two Master’s degrees – one in Sociology from Governor’s State University and one in African American World Studies from the University of Iowa. She is the author of Ebony Jr!: The Rise, Demise and Return of an African American Children’s Magazine, as well as articles seen in publications likeWisconsin English Journal and Children’s Literature in Education.

Courses Taught

648 Library Materials for Children
658 Library Materials for Young Adults
691 Multicultural Children's Literature


Henderson, L. (Ed.). The Americas Award: Honoring Latino/a Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Press. 2015.

Yenika-Agbaw, V., Lowery, R., M., & Henderson, L. (Eds.). Essays on Fairy Tale Adaptations from Black Cultural Perspectives. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. 2013.

Henderson, Laretta. Ebony Jr!: The Rise, Demise and Return of an African American Children’s Magazine. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press. 2008.


Henderson, L. Children of transnational families in literature for youth. The Dragon Lode, 36(1), 12-16. 2013.

Hildebrand, K. Bandre, T, Colabucci, L., Henderson, L., Larios, J., Muller, L., Patrick, L. The NCTE 2017 Notable Verse Novel List. New England Reading Association Journal, 52(1). 2017

Henderson, L. International Youth Literature as a Gateway to Intercultural Understanding. Children and Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children. Accept/Revise.

Henderson, L. A Mother-Daughter Book Club: A Search for Intimacy. Public Library Quarterly, 33(3), 205-218. 2014.

Henderson, Lareta (sp). The Representation of the African Americans in Literature: 1877-1940: A Contested Space. The Journal of Children's Literature Studies, 10(1), np. 2012.

Henderson, L. The Political Socialization of African American Children through Literature from the 1970s. The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, 11(2), 21-30. 2012.

Henderson, L. Identity Matters: A Call for Bibliotherapy to Support Racial Identity Development. Illinois English Bulletin, 98(2), 69-86. 2011.

Henderson, L. Changes in Perception: Teaching Cultural Pluralism to Pre-Service Teachers at a Predominately White College. Wisconsin English Journal, 50(2), 7-27. 2009.