I am a former preschool teacher who loves interacting with young children. I grew up in the suburbs outside of New York City and I have lived in Sonoma County since 2005. I live in Petaluma with my family and two dogs, Sophie and Lily. I love reading, writing, music, and quiet walks in the country.
- Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Education, 1988
- M.A., University of California, Berkeley, Education, 1982
- B.A., Yale University, Literature, 1976
- Children’s literature & literature-based instruction
- Literacy & language development & instruction
- Integrated curriculum development
- Integrated curriculum in early childhood education
- Children’s literature
- Associate Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette Indiana
Elster, C. (2010). “Snow on my eyelashes:” Language awareness through age-appropriate poetry experiences. Young Children, 65, 47-55.
Elster, C. (2009). Seven types of hybrids to delight and challenge readers. The California Reader, 42, 19-26.
Elster, C. (2003). Authority, performance and interpretation in religious reading: Critical issues of cross-cultural communication and multiple literacies. Journal of Literacy Research, 35, 663-692.
Elster, C., & Hanauer, D. (2002). Voicing texts, voices around texts: Reading poems in elementary school classrooms. Research in the Teaching of English, 37, 89-134.
Elster, C. (2000, September). Entering and opening the world of a poem. Language Arts, 78(1), 71-77.