Just a little about me...

 Working with Weaver Middle School 2D art students, determining what might make a picture book a Caldecott contender.

Working with Weaver Middle School 2D art students, determining what might make a picture book a Caldecott contender.

 
 

It all started when...

My mother read to me and took me to the tiny public library in our village in Northern New York State.  Now many years later...

I'm in my 30th year in libraries, public, college, but mostly school.  The last few have been middle school, which I'm loving!  My education includes a Ph.D. in children's & YA literature/literacy from the Ohio State University (OSU).  I'm so proud to have been mentored by both Rudine Sims Bishop and Janet Hickman.  It doesn't get any better than that.  I've also loved the last 10 years teaching adjunct for OSU and Kent State University.  I have the unique experience of having taught from PreSchool to Grad School.

For the past 20 years I've written numerous articles, columns, book reviews, and co-published 2 books just recently on children's & YA literature.  I've also presented nationally & internationally, and have begun consulting as well.  I hope to do much more of all of these as retirement nears.

My past experience on book committees include several statewide committees in both Ohio and New York State, fiction, nonfiction, and life time achievement awards.  Nationally, I've served on a 2-year term of the Notables Children's books, one year on the Geisel Award, 2 years on the Coretta Scott King Jury, 2 years on the Youth Stonewall Committee (charing for the second year), and currently serving on YALSA's Nonfiction Award committee.  I was just elected to the 2020 Caldecott committee -- what a dream come true this is!

In the past I've done a variety of things, including take flying lessons and volunteering for NASA.  In my spare time I read, travel, spend time with my family, work on finishing a log home with my husband, and play drums (an old passion recently renewed).  Wonder what I'll decide to do next...

 
 Having lunch with authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely at ALA 2016.  Wow!

Having lunch with authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely at ALA 2016.  Wow!