KaaVonia Hinton is an associate professor at Old Dominion University. She earned her Ph.D. in Education at Ohio State University in 2003. KaaVonia is the author of two books of literary criticism: Sharon M. Draper: Embracing Literacy (2008) and Angela Johnson: Poetic Prose (2006). 

Additionally, KaaVonia has co-authored two books that focus specifically on teaching literature in schools and libraries: Mathematics Literature in the K-8 Classroom and Library (2010) with Sueanne McKinney and Integrating Multicultural Literature in Libraries and Classrooms in Secondary Schools (2007) with Gail Dickinson.

KaaVonia has published articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries on a variety of topics from Jacqueline Woodson, Carole Boston Weatherford, Sharon M. Draper, and Neoslave Narratives, to Walter Dean Myers, Black feminist criticism, The Bluest Eye, and June Jordan's Contribution to African American Children's Literature.

KaaVonia has also explored writing for children:
Recently, KaaVonia co-authored, with Katherine T. Bucher, the third edition of a textbook about young adult literature:  Young Adult Literature: Exploration, Evaluation, and Appreciation (2014).  She also reviews books for ForeWord Reviews, which covers independent, alternative, university, and self publishing industries. KaaVonia can be reached at kaavoniahinton@hotmail.com.