Joanna M. Robertson, Ph.D., is a literacy professor at Old Dominion University and has also taught at the University of Mary Washington and SUNY Cortland. She teaches traditional, hybrid, and online courses in literacy and children’s literature. She received her Ph.D. from Syracuse University in Reading Education, as well as Bachelors and Masters degrees in music from the Crane School of Music and the university of Maine. She is a professional cellist and has taught music for 15 years. Her experiences as an educator inspired her interest in early literacy, children’s literature and the arts, and multimodality.