Department of Teaching & Learning

Kaa Hinton-Johnson

NORFOLK, 23529

KaaVonia Hinton is a professor in the Department of Teaching & Learning at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Kaa was the director of the Tidewater Writing Project for seven years. Her research interests are young adult literature and educational biography. She is the author of several books, including Sharon M. Draper: Embracing Literacy (2009) and co-author (with Gail K. Dickinson) of Integrating Multicultural Literature in Libraries and Classrooms in Secondary Schools (2007) and (with Katherine T. Bucher) Young Adult Literature: Exploration, Evaluation and Appreciation, 3rd ed. (2013).

Ph.D. in English Education, The Ohio State University, (2003)

M.A. in English and African American Literature, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, (1996)

B.S. in English Education, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, (1995)

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Fleener, C. E., Judge, S., Graves, W., Hinton-Johnson, K., Dickerson, D. L., Reed, P. A., McKinney, S. E., Butler, C. M. and Starling, C. I.. "Teacher Quality Partnership Grants: Teacher Immersion Residency" $720,000. Federal. -
Judge, S., Butler, C. M., Butler, L. L., Dickerson, D. L., Hinton-Johnson, K., Katsioloudis, P., Robinson, J. E., McKinney, S. E., Starling, I. and Fleener, C. E. "Old Dominion University Teacher Immersion Residency" $6,054,007. Federal. October 1, 2009 - September 30, 2014
Hinton-Johnson, K. and Lee, G. "Tidewater Writing Project" $35,000. Federal. July 2011 - May 2012
Doll, C. A., Dickinson, G. K. and Hinton-Johnson, K. "LUCY II: Librarianship Upgrades for Children and Youth Services" $661,154. Federal. July 2009 - June 2011
Hinton-Johnson, K. and Lee, G. "National Writing Project" $46,000. Federal. June 2010 - May 2011
Hinton-Johnson, K., Lee, G., Taylor, G. S. and Ren, Z. "Big Read" $10,000. Private. September 2009 - June 2010
Hinton-Johnson, K. "National Writing Project" $45,000. Federal. June 2008 - May 2009
Hinton-Johnson, K. "National Writing Project" $45,000. Federal. June 2007 - May 2008
Hinton-Johnson, K. "National Writing Project" $45,000. 2005 - 2006
Hinton-Johnson, K. "National Writing Project" $43,000. Federal. 2004 - 2005


Youth Adult Literature
Educational Biography
English Education

Research Interests

Young adult literature,Educational biography


Hinton, K. (2022). Jason Reynolds's Stamped: A Young Adult Adaptation for All Ages. College Literature 49 (3) , pp. 500-523.
Lunsmann, C., Beck, J., Hinton, K. and Perry, B. (2021). Middle level teacher recruitment: Challenging deficit narratives . Middle School Journal 52 (5) , pp. 14-24.
Suh, Y. and Hinton, K. (2021). Navigating disciplinary boundaries: Two stories of collaborative teaching in English and social studies. Action in Teacher Education 43 (3) , pp. 321-338.
Clark, Cueto, D., Hinton, K., Hughes, L. and Toliver, S. (2021). The Future is Black: A Collaborative Conversation. The ALAN Review 48 (2) , pp. 121-128.
Perry, B., Beck, J. and Hinton, K. (2021). “A brave group of people”: Teacher Candidates’ Perceptions of Teaching in Middle School. Current Issues in Middle Level Education 26 (1) , pp. 1-16.
Perry, B., Beck, J. and Hinton, K. (2021). “A brave group of people”: Teacher Candidates’ Perceptions of Teaching in Middle School. . Current Issues in Middle Level Education 26 (1) , pp. 1-16.
Hinton, K. and Suh, Y. (2019). Foregrounding collaboration in disciplinary literacy: Implications from JAAL, 2008–2017. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 63 (3) , pp. 279-287.
Hinton, K. (2018). Down Home : Going South in Rita Williams-Garcia's Novels. Children's Literature Association Quarterly 43 (3) , pp. 307-324.
Hinton, K. and Branyon, A. P. (2017). "Your Hair Ain't Naughty:" Representations of Women in Rita Williams-Garcia's Novels. Lion and the Unicorn 43 (3) , pp. 327-343.
Hinton, K. and Carnesi, S. (2017). On the Street: A “Radical Change” in Urban Fiction Featuring Youth. The Dragon Lode 35 (2) , pp. 79-88.
Hinton, K., Suh, Y., O'Hearn, M. R. and Colon-Brown, L. (2016). Fostering Habits of Mind: A Framework for Reading Historical Nonfiction Illustrated by the Case of Hitler Youth. Voices from the Middle 23 (3) , pp. 38-44.
Hinton, K. and Branyon, A. P. (2016). Love Is True-Blue: Grandmothering in Rita Williams-Garcia’s One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven. Middle School Journal 47 (4) , pp. 15-22.
Suh, Y. and Hinton, K. (2015). Mirroring Ourselves: Teacher Educators of Color Reading Multicultural Texts. Issues in Teacher Education 24 (2) , pp. 23-42.
Hinton, K., Suh, Y., Colón-Brown, L. and O'Hearn, M. (2014). Historical Fiction in English and Social Studies Classrooms: Is It a Natural Marriage? . English Journal 103 (3) , pp. 22-27.
Rodríguez, R. and Hinton, K. (2014). Guadalupe García McCall: A Storyteller of Cultures and Odysseys. SIGNAL Journal 37 (5) , pp. 17-21.
Hinton, K. (2014). Shannon Hitchcock: A New Voice in Historical Fiction. The ALAN Review 42 (2) , pp. 62-65.
Suh, Y., Hinton, K., Marken, J. and Lee, L. G. (2011). Are We Comfortable Teaching This?: Using Banned Books as a Vehicle for Teaching about World War II-Era Japan and Korea. Multicultural Education 19 (1) , pp. 24-30.
(2009). Creating Copper Sun. The Journal of Children's Literature 35 (1) , pp. 60-63.
Hinton, K. (2005). Subverting beauty aesthetics in African American young adult literature. Multicultural Review 14 (2) , pp. 28–35.
Hinton, K. (2004). Jacqueline Woodson: Keeping it Real about Social Issues. Journal of Children’s Literature 30 (1) , pp. 26-30.
Hinton, K. and Berry, T. (2004). Literacy, Literature, and Diversity. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy 48 (4) , pp. 284-288.
Hinton, K. (2004). “Sturdy Black Bridges”: Discussing Race, Class, and Gender. English Journal 94 , pp. 60-64.


McKinney, S. E. and Hinton-Johnson, K. (2010). Mathematics in the K-8 Classroom and Library. Linworth.
Hinton, K. (2009). Sharon Draper: Embracing Literacy. Scarecrow.
Taylor, G. S., Hinton, K. and Moore, L. (2008). Teaching Multicultural Literature to Help Children Understand Ethnic Diversity: Essays and Experiences. Edwin Mellen .
Hinton, K. (2006). Angela Johnson: Poetic Prose. Scarecrow.

Book Chapters

Hinton, K. (2020). “Do You See a [Hu]man Sitting Here?”: Signifying in Monster. Critical Explorations of Young Adult Literature: Identifying and Critiquing the Canon (pp. pp. 51-66) Routledge.
Hinton, K. (2019). Foreword On the Shoulders of Giants: Celebrating African American Authors of Young Adult Literature (pp. vii-ix) Chesapeake: Rowman & Littlefield.
Hinton, K. and Rodríguez, R. (2014). “I was carrying the burden of my race.”: Reading Matters of Race and Hope in YA Literature by Walter Dean Myers and Sherman Alexie Coming of Age: The Critical Merits of Young Adult Literature (pp. 92-114) Norfolk: Routledge.
Hinton-Johnson, K. (2011). Talking Back to the Bluest Eye.In Joseph Milner and Carol Pope (Ed.), Engaging American Novels. (pp. 205-206) Chicago,IL: NCTE.


Hinton, K. (June 23, 2017). Going South in Rita Williams-Garcia’s Novels Children’s Literature Association (ChLA) Tampa, Florida.
Hinton-Johnson, K. (April , 2017). “‘Their generation has a voice that can effect change.’: A Biographical Vignette of a Middle School Language Arts Teacher." AERA San Antonio, TX.
Hinton, K. (April , 2016). “A Sign of Having Been Here”: Children’s Authors Views on Using Their Texts as Pedagogical Tools AERA Washington, DC.
Hinton, K. and Carnesi, S. (October , 2015). Can We Talk about Urban Street Fiction for Youth? Oral Presentation VATE Richmond,Virginia.
Hinton-Johnson, K. (March , 2014). Writing across the Disciplines Oral Presentation 35th Annual Spring Conference on the Teaching of Writing Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA.
  • 2010: Ohioana Library Association Award, Ohioana Library Association