Texas Tech University

Kathryn Button, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Teacher Education

Email: kathryn.button@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-2620

Office: Education 253A

Kathryn (Katie) Button is an Associate Professor in the Teacher Education Department at Texas Tech University where she teaches courses in Children's Literature, Writing Acquisition and Early Literacy. She leads study abroad trips to the Dominican Republic teaching and coaching Texas Tech students in a bilingual school in Santiago.  She serves a Professional Development Facilitator for the 2+1 TechTeach Program, the online teacher education program based in Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston.  Dr. Button is the curator for the Sitton-Burkhart Reading Collection, housed in the College of Education. She was elected to the Texas Tech University Teaching Academy in 2005 and received the President's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010. Her teaching career with the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS) took her to Germany and Okinawa for eleven years as a primary teacher and as a reading specialist.  She was a National Writing Project trainer for DoDDS in Germany and trained as a Reading Recovery® teacher at The Ohio State University. For seven years Dr. Button served as Director of the Texas Tech University training site for the Literacy Collaborative®.  She has chaired the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Children's Literature Assembly Master Class and is currently serving a three-year term on the NCTE Excellence in Poetry Committee.  Dr. Button's research has been published in The Reading Teacher, National Reading Conference Yearbook, Journal of Teacher Education, English Education and the Journal of Children's Literature.

Kathryn Button


  • Ph. D. in Language, Children's Literature, and Reading Education. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. 
  • M. A. in Curriculum and Instruction. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. 
  • B. S. in Elementary Education, Ashland University, Ashland, OH.

Areas of Expertise

  • Children's Literature
  • Early Literacy
  • Writing Acquisition

Selected Publications

Hadaway, N., Bradley, D., Button, K., Colabucci, L., Hahn, M., VanDerwater, A.L., & Young, T. (2015).  Poems for All Seasons: NCTE 2015 Notable Poetry List.  School Library Journal. 61(4). 28-31.

Griffith, R. & Button, K. (2012). "I just found the best book I never had." A study of how teachers select books as mentor texts for writing.  The Dragon Lode. 31(1). 13-21.

Bandre, P. & Button, K. (2011). Picturebook design: Art, words, topography…everything matters. Journal of Children's Literature, 37, 54-59.

Button, K. & Bandre, P. (2010).  From picture to panel: 2009 master class on multimodal children's literature.  Journal of Children's Literature, 36, 9-11.

Akrofi, A.K., Janisch, C., Button, K., & Liu, X.(2010). Catch a Star Book!: Responses of 5th Grade Students to Celebrity-Authored Children's Literature. Literacy Research and Instruction.  49, 142-161. 

Hamman, D., Button, K., Olivarez, Jr., A., Lesley, M., Chan, Y., Griffith, R., & Woods, K. (2006).  Do cooperating teachers influence student teachers' reading instruction?  Literacy Teaching and Learning: An International Journal of Early Reading and Writing, 10(2), 77-94.

Johnson, M. J. & Button, K.  (2000).  Connecting graduate education in language arts with teaching contexts: The power of action research.  English Education, 32, 107-126.

Button, K. (1998).  Linking social studies and literacy development through the use of children's books. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 10(4), 23-25.

Johnson, M. J. & Button, K.  (1998).  Action research paves the way for continuous improvement.  Journal of Staff Development, 19, 48-51.

Button, K., Johnson, M. J., & Furgerson, P.  (1996).  Interactive writing in a primary classroom.  The Reading Teacher, 49, 446-454.