Middle Childhood Literacy; Children's/Young Adult Literature; Reader Response. Research interests include the content analysis of children's and young adult literature, both single titles and sets of books, to better understand the messages conveyed to young readers. Has explored and documented children's engagement with and response to literature. The unique challenges involved in reading and responding to multimodal texts are also an area of interest. Research and teaching pedagogy are situated primarily within the traditions of reader response, feminist, poststructural, and social-constructivist theories.
Parsons, L. T. (2016). Fat female protagonists in young adult literature and in the classroom: Constructing and contesting the female body. In J. A. Hayn, J. S. Kaplan, & K. R. Clemmons, (Eds). Teaching young adult literature today: Insights, considerations, and perspectives for the classroom teacher (2nd Ed.) (pp. 191-207) Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Parsons, L. T., & Bandré, P. E. (2016). Knowing readers and knowing books: Using text complexity measures to select texts and motivate adolescent readers. In J. A. Hayn & A. L. Nolen (Eds.), Teaching young adult literature: Integrating, implementing and re-imagining the common core (pp. 35 – 50). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
Parsons, L. T. (2016). Storytelling in global children’s literature: Its role in the lives of displaced child characters. Journal of Children’s Literature, 42(2), 19-27
Parsons, L. T. (2016). The (re)presentation of fat female protagonists and food addiction in young adult literature. Study & Scrutiny: Research on Young Adult Literature, 1(2), 1-30.