Bachelor of Arts, Harding University, 1961. Master of Arts, University Texas, 1963. Master of Library Science, Pratt Institute, 1970.
Doctor of Philosophy University of Alabama, 1991.
Instructor English, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas, 1963—1965. Teacher English, library Erasmus Hall High School, Brooklyn, 1965—1970. Assistant professor University Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 1973—1980.
Associate professor, since 1980. Consultant in field; lecturer in field.
Member Alabama library association (2nd vice president 1981-1982), American Library Association (president young adult services division 1985-1986, councilor 1986-1990, Newbery Award Committee 1993). Member Church of Christ.
Married Jon Franklin Atkinson, June 19, 1964. Children: Jon Christopher, Amy Frances.