Horn Book Guide Reviewers

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(no initials) are reviews written by The Horn Book Magazine or Guide staff.

(LA) Lauren Adams teaches English and ELL at Natick High School and adolescent literature at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

(KA) Kari Allen is an elementary school teacher with a master’s degree in the teaching of writing. She does teacher consultant work for the National Writing Project in New Hampshire.

(BA) Belinda Arredondo is a former design intern for The Horn Book, Inc.

(VA) Viki Ash is coordinator of children’s services at the San Antonio Public Library. She has taught children’s literature at the School of Library and Information Studies, Texas Woman’s University.

(TDA) A former middle school teacher, Tanya D. Auger holds a master’s degree in learning and teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

(B. BADER) Barbara Bader is the author of American Picturebooks from Noah’s Ark to the Beast Within and a former children’s book editor, nonfiction editor, and editor in chief of Kirkus Reviews.

(DFB) Deirdre F. Baker reviews children’s books for the Toronto Star and teaches children’s literature at the University of Toronto.

(ABG) Ariel Baker-Gibbs is an editorial/manuscript workflow assistant at the MIT Press and a former editorial intern for The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide.

(HRB) Hannah Rodgers Barnaby holds an MA in children’s literature from Simmons College and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College. Formerly a children’s book editor, she also has worked as a bookseller and a writing instructor.

(LB) Lana Barnes is a pre-media associate for a trade book publisher in New York City. She holds an MAT in elementary education from Sacred Heart University and an MA in writing, literature, and publishing from Emerson College.

(BB) Barbara Barstow is the former youth services manager for the Cuyahoga County Public Library in Cleveland, Ohio. She has chaired both the Newbery and Caldecott award committees.

(TB) Thom Barthelmess has worked in public libraries across the country and is now a lecturer at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University and serves as Curator of the Butler Children’s Literature Center.

(ACB) Aimee Chevrette Bear is a graduate of Simmons College and also holds an MA from the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature at Roehampton University in London.

(MNB) Margaret Nell Becker is a fourth grade literature and arts teacher and a writer. She received her MA in elementary inclusive education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

(JLB) J. L. Bell maintains the Boston 1775 blog (boston1775.net), exploring the start of the American Revolution in Massachusetts. He has also written stories, comics, historical articles, and a science book for young readers.

(ABZ) Amy Bennett-Zendzian holds an MA/MFA in children’s literature from Simmons College and is working toward a PhD in English at Boston University.

(NB) Nell Beram is a longtime Horn Book Guide reviewer and coauthor of the young adult biography Yoko Ono: Collector of Skies (Amulet/Abrams).

(KLB) Katie Bircher is assistant editor for The Horn Book, Inc.

(SB) Sam Bloom is a children’s librarian at the Blue Ash branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County in Ohio.

(FFB) Frieda F. Bostian is retired from the Virginia Tech English department, where she taught children’s literature.

(JMB) Jennifer M. Brabander is a former executive editor of The Horn Book Guide and a longtime Horn Book Magazine reviewer.

(RB) Robin Brenner is a reference and teen librarian at the Public Library of Brookline in Massachusetts. She is also editor in chief of the graphic novel review website No Flying No Tights (noflyingnotights.com).

(MLB) Miriam Lang Budin is head of children’s services at the Chappaqua Library in New York.

(ALB) Anita L. Burkam is a former associate editor of The Horn Book Magazine.

(PMC) Paula M. Cairo is the Lower School librarian at Friends Select School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

(BC) Betty Carter, an independent consultant, is professor emerita of children’s and young adult literature at Texas Woman’s University.

(LC) Lauren Chambers holds an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

(LBC) Luther B. Clegg, professor emeritus of education at Texas Christian University, taught children’s literature and social studies methods. He is the author of The Empty Schoolhouse: Memories of One-Room Texas Schools and coauthor of Celebrating Diversity: A Multicultural Resource.

(AEC) Allison Cole is a former editorial intern for The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide, holds a master’s degree from the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College.

(RC) Renee Combs is a former editorial intern for The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide. She holds a BA in writing, literature, and publishing from Emerson College.

(AC) Andrea Curtis is a former editorial intern at The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide.  She holds an EdM in arts in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and currently works as a museum educator.

(JD) Janet Daniels holds an MFA in writing for children from Simmons College. She has taught college-level courses on the history and modern retellings of fairy tales.

(TLD) Tamara DePasquale holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College and is the youth services librarian for the Eldredge Public Library in Chatham, Massachusetts.

(ME) Monica Edinger teaches fourth grade at the Dalton School in New York City.

(SE) Vancouver writer and critic Sarah Ellis is on the faculty of Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a Horn Book Magazine reviewer.

(DE) David Elzey is a graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts program in writing for children and young adults and currently manages a bookstore in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

(JBF) Julie Bartynski Fenner has worked as a children’s book editor and holds a master’s degree in children’s literature from Simmons College.

(LCF) Lisa Catherine Findlay is a special education teacher in Massachusetts. Formerly, she was a children’s book editor and worked in the children’s room at the New York Public Library.  She holds an MA in English literature and an MEd in special education.

(MF) Marisa Finkelstein is a former editorial intern for The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide.

(SF) Shoshana Flax, a children’s bookseller at Brookline Booksmith in Massachusetts, holds an MFA in writing for children from Simmons College.

(KF) Kitty Flynn is executive editor of The Horn Book Guide.

(DJF) Danielle J. Ford is an associate professor of science education at the University of Delaware and a Horn Book Magazine reviewer.

(JF) Jack Forman is a reference and instruction services librarian at the San Diego (CA) Mesa College Library, which is part of the San Diego Community College District.

(SEG) Siân Gaetano is a former editorial intern for The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide. She holds a master’s degree in children’s literature from Simmons College.

(SMG) Sheila M. Geraty is the library director at Brookwood School in Manchester, Massachusetts. She holds master’s degrees in library and information science as well as children’s literature, both from Simmons College.

(ERG) Elissa Gershowitz is senior editor of The Horn Book Magazine and online content editor of The Horn Book, Inc.

(MG) After many years with the Archdiocese of New York and the New York City public schools, Melinda Greenblatt is now director of the Briarcliff Manor Public Library in Westchester County, New York.

(CG) Claire E. Gross, a former associate editor of The Horn Book Magazine, is the children’s librarian at the Egleston Square branch of the Boston Public Library.

(RLH) Rebecca Hachmyer holds an MA in children’s literature from Simmons College. She is working toward a doctorate in education from the University of California, Berkeley.

(SLH) Shara Hardeson is editorial assistant of The Horn Book Guide.

(KEH) Katrina Hedeen is assistant editor of The Horn Book Guide.

(GBH) Gail Hedges teaches children’s literature at Lesley University. She is a past president of the Foundation for Children’s Books and remains active on the Foundation’s Program Advisory Committee.

(CMH) Christine M. Heppermann, a freelance writer and former children’s bookseller based in Chicago, is a reviewer for The Horn Book Magazine.

(MH) Molly Horan holds an MFA in writing for children and young adults from The New School. She reviews young adult books for Book Page.

(KTH) Kathleen T. Horning is the director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, a library of the School of Education, University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is the author of From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books.

(NLH) Nancy Hull reviews young adult novels and children’s books for the The Christian Century and teaches children’s literature at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

(JH) Jonathan Hunt, a school librarian for the Modesto City (CA) Schools District, is a Horn Book Magazine reviewer.

(MLI) Megan Lynn Isaac, an associate professor at Elon University, teaches and writes about Shakespeare, children’s literature, and young adult literature.

(CJ) Formerly an editor, librarian, and children’s literature consultant, Cyrisse Jaffee is editorial project director in the educational department of WGBH. She holds an MLS from Simmons College.

(DJ) Devon Johnson is a former design intern for The Horn Book, Inc.

(AK) Former Youth Services Coordinator for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Amy Kellman consults and teaches children’s literature. She is a past president of USBBY and has served on the Batchelder, Caldecott, and Newbery award committees.

(RK) Rebecca Kirshenbaum, an MA candidate in children’s literature at Simmons College, is a former editorial intern for The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide and a former high school English teacher.

(MVK) Maeve Visser Knoth is a children’s librarian for the San Mateo (CA) County Library System. She is a former reviewer for The Horn Book Magazine.

(SDL) Susan Dove Lempke is assistant library director for youth, programs, and technology at the Niles Public Library in Illinois, and a Horn Book Magazine reviewer.

(SRL) Siena Leslie graduated from Harvard University and splits her time between writing and teaching English as a foreign language.

(NL) Nina Lindsay is supervising librarian for children’s services at the Oakland Library in Oakland, California.

(CAL) Cindy Lombardo is Deputy Director/Chief Operations Officer for the Cleveland Public Library.  She has served on numerous selection committees for ALSC and YALSA and is a member of the 2013 Printz committee.

(JRL) Joanna Rudge Long is former editor of Kirkus Reviews, a frequent lecturer on children’s books, and a reviewer for The Horn Book Magazine.

(JTM) Jessica Tackett MacDonald is a collection development librarian at the Boston Public Library, specializing in youth and teen collections. She holds master’s degrees in library science and children’s literature from Simmons College.

(AMM) Amanda M. MacGregor holds an MA in children’s literature from Simmons College and has worked as a children’s bookseller and librarian. She is the creator of Cite Something!, a website offering writing and research tips for teens (citesomething.com).

(JM) Jenn Matters holds master’s degrees in young adult literature and library/information science. She currently works as the youth services manager for a small Illinois library.

(ARM) April Mazza holds an MLS from Simmons College and is a librarian and consultant at the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

(BTM) Bridget McCaffrey holds master’s degrees in early childhood education and children’s literature.

(BCM) Barratt Miller holds an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. As a graduate student, she assisted with collection development for the second largest collection of children’s literature in North America. She is the youth services librarian at Crook County Library in Prineville, Oregon.

(MVP) Martha V. Parravano is executive editor of The Horn Book Magazine.

(RWP) Russell Perry is an editorial intern for The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide. 

(NCP) A former children’s bookseller with an MA in English literature, Norah Piehl is is deputy director of the Boston Book Festival.

(RR) Randy Ribay holds an MEd in language and literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and teaches high school English in Philadelphia.

(PR) Patricia Riley holds master’s degrees in writing and children’s literature. She has taught children’s book writing at continuing education programs.

(CR) Cynthia K. Ritter is assistant editor of The Horn Book Magazine.

(JR) Julie Roach manages youth services at the Cambridge Public Library in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She also teaches children’s literature at Simmons College’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science and at Lesley University.

(LR) Lolly Robinson is designer and production manager for The Horn Book, Inc. She teaches children’s literature at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

(ADR) Ariel D. Rosen is a former editorial intern for The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide.

(BES) Bec Schaffner is a former editorial intern for The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide.

(BLS) Brittany Schlorff holds an MFA in writing for children from Simmons College. She works for a Catholic book publisher in Boston.

(DS) Dean Schneider teaches sixth, seventh, and eighth grades at the Ensworth School in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a Horn Book Magazine reviewer.

(CLS) Carolyn Shute worked in educational publishing in Boston for seventeen years before becoming a freelance editor and writer. A longtime Horn Book Guide reviewer, she holds a master’s degree in children’s literature.

(MFS) For almost twelve years, Martha Sibert worked as children’s coordinator for the Roanoke County Public Library in Virginia. She holds an MA from the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children’s Literature and is a freelance writer in Brookline, Massachusetts.

(MMS) Meredith M. Sittman is a former editorial intern for The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in children’s literature at Simmons College. 

(HMS) Henrietta M. Smith is professor emerita at the School of Library and Information Science, University of South Florida, in Tampa. As a forty-seven-year member of the American Library Association, she has served on the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery, and Wilder award committees and is editor of the four editions of The Coretta Scott King Awards Book: 1970–2009. She is a 2011 recipient of the Coretta Scott King/Virginia Hamilton Practitioner Lifetime Achievement Award.

(RLS) Rachel L. Smith, former marketing and circulation manager for The Horn Book, Inc., is an editor for an educational publisher. She is pursuing a master’s degree in library and information science at Simmons College.

(R. SMITH) Robin L. Smith teaches second grade at the Ensworth School in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a reviewer for The Horn Book Magazine.

(RSS) Rita Soltan holds BA and MLS degrees from Queens College of CUNY and an MAT in teaching reading and language arts from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She is the author of Reading Raps: A Book Club Guide for Librarians, Kids, and Families; Summer Reading Renaissance: An Interactive Exhibits Approach; and Solving the Reading Riddle: The Librarian’s Guide to Reading Instruction.

(AS) April Spisak is a former reviewer for The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. After working as a youth services librarian for several years, she returned to the University of Illinois for the PhD program and is currently a student.

(CHS) Carrie Harasimowicz Sullivan, formerly assistant editor of The Horn Book Guide, holds a master’s degree in children’s literature. She teaches language arts in Brunswick, Maine.

(RS) Roger Sutton is editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc.

(AMT) Antonio Trujillo, a former test evaluator for an educational publisher, holds a degree in classics.

(TW) Tim Wadham, is the director of the Puyallup Public Library in Washington. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a PhD in comparative/children’s literature. He is the author of Programming with Latino Children’s Materials and Libros esenciales.

(RRW) Rebecca Reed Whidden is a member of Villanova University’s Falvey Library access services team specializing in course reserves. She is a former children’s bookseller and holds a master’s degree in elementary education from Lesley University.

(SJW) Sophie Williamson is a former editorial intern for The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide.

(PY) Pam Yosca is the upper school librarian at Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston.

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