Key Professional Appointments

Associate Department Head for Graduate Programs Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois at Urbana, 2014 - present

Associate Professor Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010 - present

Chair, Language and Literacy Division Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008 - 2011

Instructional Director Center for Education in Small Urban Communities, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008 - 2009

Assistant Professor Curriculum & Instruction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002 - 2008

Assistant Professor Department of Language Education, Indiana University, 2001 - 2002


Ph.D., Children's Literature and Language Arts, University of Georgia, 2001

M.Ed., ESL and Foreign Language Education, University of Georgia, 1991

B.A., Psychology and German, University of Georgia, 1984

Awards, Honors, Associations

College of Education Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award College of Education, University of Illinois, 2015 - 2015

Virginia Hamilton Essay Award Winner Virginia Hamilton Conference Board, 2015 - 2015


McNair, J., Day, D., Möller, K., & Zapata, A. (2016) 2015 notable poetry books. Language Arts 93 (6)

McNair, J., Day, D., Möller, K., & Zapata, A. (2016) Bigfoot, bones, and Benjamin Franklin: A bunch of books for sharing in K–8 classrooms. Language Arts 93 (3), 240-245

McNair, J., Day, D., Möller, K., & Zapata, A. (2016) Biliteracy and children’s literature. Language Arts 93 (5)

Möller, K. (2016) Engaging middle grades readers through graphic nonfiction trade books: A critical perspective on selected titles recommended for classroom use Journal of Children’s Literature 42 (1), 63-70

McNair, J., Day, D., Möller, K., & Zapata, A. (2015) 2014 notable poetry books. Language Arts 92 (6), 452-458

McNair, J., Day, D., Möller, K., & Zapata, A. (2015) From microbes to music: Recommended children's literature for grades K-8. Language Arts 93 (1), 66-73

Möller, K., Ferguson, L., & , . (2015) Apps in Literature-Based Classroom Instruction: Integrating Reading and Response Through Traditional and Digital Media Journal of Children's Literature 41 (1), 54-60

McNair, J., Day, D., Möller, K., & Zapata, A. (2015) Creativity and children’s literature. Language Arts 92 (5), 370-376

McNair, J., Day, D., Möller, K., & Zapata, A. (2015) Memoirs, magic, and mutiny: Marvelous titles to share in K-8 classrooms. Language Arts 92 (3), 214-222

McNair, J., Day, D., Möller, K., & Zapata, A. (2014) Move over Frog and Toad: Transitional chapter books. Language Arts 92 (1), 64-71

McNair, J., Day, D., Möller, K., & Zaata, A. (2014) Our favorite 2013 poetry books Language Arts 91 (6), 443-448

McNair, J., Day, D., Möller, K., & Zapata, A. (2014) A splash of books for reading and sharing with students in grades K-8. Language Arts 91 (5), 377-385

McNair, J., Bailey, A., Bloom, S., Day, D., Foote, D., Horning, K., McLinn, C., Möller, K., & Zapata, A. (2014) Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Award. Language Arts 91 (3), 190-196

Möller, K. (2014) Heather is 25! So, what literature featuring gays and lesbians is available for primary grades today? Journal of Children's Literature 40 (1), 62-69

Möller, K. (2014) Mirrors and windows through literature featuring Arabs, Arab Americans, and people of Islamic faith. Journal of Children’s Literature 40 (1), 65-72

McNair, J., Bailey, A., Day-Wiff, D., Möller, K., & Möller, K. (2013) Quality children’s literature to stimulate discussion during interactive read-alouds. Language Arts 91 (6), 53-60

McNair, J., Bailey, A., Day-Wiff, D., & Möller, K. (2013) 2012 notable poetry books. Language Arts 90 (6), 457-463

McNair, J., Bailey, A., Day-Wiff, D., Möller, K., & Möller, K. (2013) Our favorite picturebook apps. Language Arts 90 (5), 380-384

Möller, K. (2013) Considering the CCSS nonfiction literature exemplars as cultural artifacts: What do they represent? Journal of Children's Literature 39 (1), 58-67

Möller, K., & Möller, K. (2012) Developing understandings of social justice: Critical thinking in action in a literature discussion group. Journal of Children’s Literature 38 (2), 23-36

Möller, K., & Möller, K. (2008) Reading our richly diverse world: Conceptualizing a response development zone. Embracing, Evaluating and Examining African American Children's and Young Adult Literature The Scarecrow Press: Lanham, MD

Möller, K., & Möller, K. (2007) Bernice E. Leary: Teacher, teacher educator, children's book editor and collector, reading pioneer. Reading pioneers: Historical accounts of earlier, outstanding contributions to the field of reading International Reading Association: Newark, DE

Möller, K., & Hug, B. (2006) Connections across literacy and science instruction in early childhood education: Interweaving disciplines in pre-service teacher education The Yearbook of the National Reading Conference 55, 195-211

Hug, B., Möller, K., & Möller, K. (2005) Collaboration and connectedness in two teacher educators' shared self-study. 1 , 123-140

Möller, K., & Möller, K. (2005) "Hi everybody! This is Ashley": A story of a struggling reader and a more capable peer Journal of Literature Research 36, 419-460

Allen, J., Möller, K., Stroup, D., & Möller, K. (2003) Is this some kind of soap opera?: A tale of two readers across four literature discussion contexts Reading and Writing Quarterly: Overcoming Learning Difficulties 19, 225-251

Allen, J., Möller, K., & Möller, K. (2002) Social justice and literacies. Literacy in America: An encyclopedia of history, theory, and practice ABC-CLIO: Santa Barbara, CA

Möller, K., & Möller, K. (2002) Critical Literacy. [Review of the book Critical Literacy]. Adventuring With Books (pp. 465-487)...

Möller, K., & Möller, K. (2002) Making choices: One teacher's participation in literature discussions of books with social justice themes Language Arts 79, 467-477

Bowles, S., Commeyras, M., Möller, K., Payne, C., Rush, L., & Möller, K. (2001) Identifying ideologies through reflective portraits. Conference Proceedings for Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies: Athens, GA  link >

Allen, J., & Moller, K. (2000) Critical issues response: Reflections, connections, and imperfections Journal of Literacy Research 32, 383-387

Moller, K., & Allen, J. (2000) Connecting, resisting and searching for safer places: Students respond to Mildred Taylor's The Friendship Journal of Literacy Research 32, 145-186

Moller, K. (1999) I get proud when I read: First-graders talk about reading. Reading Psychology: An International Quarterly , 255-299

McNair, J., Day, D., Möller, K., & Zapata, A.. 2013 notable poetry books. Language Arts 91 (6)


Principal Investigator Faculty Fellow, Bureau of Educational Research, 2006 - 2007

Principal Investigator Creating a Connected and Collaborative Community: Exploring Effective Literacy Pedagogy in and for a Richly Diverse School, Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society, 2005 - 2007

Fellow Spencer Dissertation for Research Related to Education, The Spencer Foundation, 2000 - 2001


Conference Program Area Co-Chair, Literacy Research Association, Area 9 (Literature) Literacy Research Association, 2012 - 2015


Princ Tchg Lit to Child Youth Examines literature written for children and youth and the uses of literature in the school curriculum. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Credit is not given for both CI 467 and LIS 403. Prerequisite: One college course in literature; admission to a teacher educator preparation program.

Multicultural Literature K-12 This course focuses on the meaning, function, and value of multicultural/multiethnic literature in teaching and learning. Through readings, dialogue, and research, students will focus on rewards of teaching and reading multiculturally that make it worth any effort involved. Blending multicultural theory and research, literary study, and educational practice, this course is appropriate for graduate students in education, library science, and English literature and for any other graduate student interested in the role of literature in our culturally diverse society. Course Information: Prerequisite: A college literature course taken as part of an approved teacher certification program, college literature course in English literature, or consent of instructor.

Response to Literature Course Information: Approved for both letter and S/U grading. Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral study.

Karla J.  Möller

Associate Professor & Associate Head for Graduate Programs, Curriculum & Instruction



317 Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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