Charles Elster


Charles Elster
Charles Elster




Stevenson 2013-A

Office Hours

11:30-13:00 and other times by arrangement
11:30-13:00 and other times by arrangement

I am a former preschool teacher who loves interacting with young children. I grew up in the suburbs outside of New York City and I have lived in Sonoma County since 2005. I live in Petaluma with my family and two dogs, Sophie and Lily. I love reading, writing, music, and quiet walks in the country.

  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Education, 1988
  • M.A., University of California, Berkeley, Education, 1982
  • B.A., Yale University, Literature, 1976
Academic Interests
  • Children’s literature & literature-based instruction
  • Literacy & language development & instruction
  • Integrated curriculum development
  • Integrated curriculum in early childhood education
  • Children’s literature
  • Associate Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette Indiana
Selected Publications & Presentations

Elster, C. (2010). “Snow on my eyelashes:” Language awareness through age-appropriate poetry experiences. Young Children, 65, 47-55.

Elster, C. (2009). Seven types of hybrids to delight and challenge readers. The California Reader, 42, 19-26.

Elster, C. (2003). Authority, performance and interpretation in religious reading: Critical issues of cross-cultural communication and multiple literacies. Journal of Literacy Research, 35, 663-692.

Elster, C., & Hanauer, D. (2002). Voicing texts, voices around texts: Reading poems in elementary school classrooms. Research in the Teaching of English, 37, 89-134.

Elster, C. (2000, September). Entering and opening the world of a poem. Language Arts, 78(1), 71-77.