Patricia A. Crawford
Associate Professor

Patricia A. Crawford is an associate professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leading, where she works in the Early Childhood Education and and Language, Literacy, and Culture programs. She teaches a variety of courses related to literacy and learning, and mentors graduate students who are aspiring researchers and teacher educators. She also serves as coordinator of the Early Childhood Education program and is a faculty coordinator for the Pitt in Florence Early Childhood Education Study Abroad Progran (

Dr. Crawford is Editor in Chief of Early Childhood Education Journal, an international publication of Springer Nature. She is an active participant in professional organizations and currently serves on the editorial boards of The Reading Teacher, the Journal of Research in Childhood Education, and The Dragon Lode. Her scholarly work is situated at the intersection of literacy learning, early childhood, and teacher education. She especially loves exploring the content, form, and impact of children's literature.

Instructional Interests

  • Children’s Literature
  • Literacy Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education

Featured Publications

Jalongo, M. R., & Crawford, P. A. (Eds.). (2021). Intergenerational bonds: The contributions of older adults to young children's lives. Springer Nature.

Crawford, P. A. (2021). Forging intergenerational bonds through children's literature. In M.R. Jalongo & P. A. Crawford (Eds.), Intergenerational bonds: The contributions of older adults to children's lives (pp. 55-70). Springer Nature.

Roberts, S. K., & Crawford, P. A. (2020). A bridge over troubled waters: Safe cross-cultural passage with global children’s literature. In J. Lacina & R. Griffith (Eds.), Preparing Globally Minded Literacy Teachers: Knowledge, Practices and Case Studies (pp. 44-60). Routledge.

Crawford, P. A., Roberts, S. K., & Zygouris-Coe, V. (2019). Addressing 21st century crises through children’s literature: Picturebooks as partners for teacher educators. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education.

Roberts, S.K., & Crawford, P. A. (2019). Glimpses of humanity and hope: Children’s picturebook portrayals of refugees. Dragon Lode, 38(1), 30-37.

Crawford, P. A., & Calabria, K. (2018). Exploring the power and processes of friendship through picturebooks. International Journal of the Whole Child, 3(2), 25-34.

Crawford, P. A., & Roberts, S. K. (2018). The wandering faces of war: Children’s picture books portraying refugees. The Dragon Lode, 36(2), 14-18.

Awards and Honors

Editor in Chief, Early Childhood Education Journal

Patricia A. Crawford


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