Bev Brenna is a professor in Curriculum Studies whose research interests include literacy and Canadian children’s literature. She spent many years as a classroom and special education teacher before coming to the College of Education in 2010. Bev has published over a dozen books for young people including the “Wild Orchid” trilogy about a teen with autism (winner of a Printz Honor Book Award, a Dolly Gray Award, shortlisted for a Canadian Governor General’s Award, and listed on CBC’s Young Adult Books That Make You Proud To Be Canadian). Recent titles include her middle-grade novel Because of that Crow, and a picture book set in Saskatoon that resonates with the power of a child’s voice and the impact of art: The Girl with the Cat (illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan). For more information about her writing, and archives that contain her published articles, please see http://www.beverleybrenna.com.
- PhD, 2010, University of Alberta, Elementary Education, Language and Literacy
- B.A. (with Great Distinction), 2001, University of Saskatchewan, English
- M.Ed., 1991, University of Saskatchewan, Curriculum Studies, Literacy Education
- B.Ed. (with Distinction), 1984, University of Saskatchewan, Language Arts and Drama
- ECUR 309.3 Introduction to Elementary English Language Arts
- ECUR 310.3 Literacy Across the Elementary Curriculum
- ECUR 378.3 Creative Activities in the English Language Arts
- ECUR 302.3 Situated Learners
- ECUR 372.3 Children’s Literature in the Classroom Grades 4 – 8
- ECUR 373. 3 Children’s Literature in the Primary Grades
- ECUR 877 Early Literacy Development
- ECUR 879.3 Canadian Children’s Literature
- Literacy Education with a focus on the Reading and Writing processes
- Children’s Literature
- Special Education
- Process Drama
- Teacher Education
Service and Outreach
- Associate Editor, Red Deer Press, May 1, 2020 - present
- College Review Committee (2017 – 2020; 2013 – 2014)
- U of S Speakers’ Bureau 2018 - present
- Acting Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Partnership and Research, July 1 2014 – June 30, 2015
- Radical Change and Children’s Literature: Books and Young Readers in the Digital Age (2016), President’s Lecture Series “A World Without Books: Education in a Digital Age” (November 2)
- Member, Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC), 2014 – present
- Member, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), 2012- present
- Member, Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP), 2006 – present
- Andrea Dunk, Doctoral Thesis: Supervisor, 2017 to present (in progress)
- Hope Houston, Master’s in Creative Writing (MFA) Thesis: Supervisor (2019 – 2020) (completed)
- Gale Stack, Masters’ Project: Supervisor (2019 – 2020) (completed)
- Maeghan Robertson, Masters’ Project: Supervisor (2018 – 2020) (completed)
- Yina Liu, Master’s Thesis: Supervisor, 2016 to 2017 (Completed)
- Pattie Tastad, Master’s Non-Thesis (Project): Supervisor, 2015 to 2016 (Completed)
- Shuwen Sun, Master’s Non-Thesis (Project): Supervisor, 2015 to 2016 (Completed)
- Jing Jin, Master’s Thesis: Supervisor, 2013 to 2016 (Completed)
- Jennifer Hingley, Master’s Non-Thesis (Project): Supervisor, 2012-2014 (Completed)
- Hilary Elmgren, Master’s Non-Thesis (Project): Supervisor, 2013-2014 (Completed)
- Sheila Janzen, Master’s Thesis: Supervisor, 2013 to 2014 (Completed)
- Nga Tu, PhD: Co-Supervisor, 2013 to 2015 (Completed)
- Shanhua Chen, Master’s Non-Thesis (Project): Supervisor, 2010-12 (Completed)
- Brenna B, (2020). Because of that Crow. Markham, ON: Red Deer/ Fitzhenry & Whiteside.
- Brenna B, (2020). The Girl with the Cat. Markham, ON: Red Deer/Fitzhenry & Whiteside.
- Brenna, B, (2019). Sapphire the Great and the Meaning of Life. Toronto, ON: Pajama Press.
- Brenna B, (2017). Fox Magic. Markham, ON: Red Deer/Fitzhenry & Whiteside.
- Brenna B,(2015). Stories for Every Classroom: Canadian Fiction Portraying Characters with Disabilities. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.
- Brenna, B. (2019). TD Canadian Children’s Book Tour (Quebec) May 4 – May 11.
- Brenna B, (2017). Author Readings at the Saskatchewan Festival of Words, Moose Jaw, SK, July 14.
- Brenna B, (2014). TD Canadian Children’s Book Tour Readings. TD Canadian Children’s Book Tour (Prince Edward Island), April 26-May 5, 2014.
- Brenna B, (2013). Author Presentations. Yukon Writers’ Festival, Whitehorse, April 23.
- Brenna B, (2011). Beyond words: A qualitative case study of children's comprehension strategies related to graphic novels. Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), Fredericton, New Brunswick: May.
In the News
- Review of Sapphire the Great and the Meaning of Life, Saskatchewan Bulletin
- Review of B. Brenna’s Fox Magic by Dr. Terry Potter, Newman University, Birmingham: http://www.letterpressproject.co.uk/inspiring-young-readers/2018-05-30/fox-magic
- Review of B. Brenna’s Stories for Every Classroom: Canadian Fiction Portraying Characters with Disabilities: http://www.irscl.com/review_stories_every_classroom.html
- Review of B. Brenna’s The Bug House Family Restaurant, Kirkus (kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/beverley-brenna/the-bug-house-family-restaurant/
- Review of B. Brenna’s The White Bicycle, The Winnipeg Review, June 13, 2013 (http://www.winnipegreview.com/wp/2013/06/autistic- and-brilliant/)
- Provost’s College Teaching Award, College of Education, 2016
- GSA Advising Excellence Award, University of Saskatchewan, 2017