Horn Book Guide Reviewers

Horn Book Guide

(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.

(SRA) Sethany Rancier Alongi is an editorial project manager with an educational publisher in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She holds an MEd in elementary education from Lesley University and a certificate in children’s writing from Emerson College.

(TDA) Tanya Auger, a former elementary and middle school teacher, has an AB in American history and literature and an EdM in learning and teaching from Harvard University. She previously wrote and edited books and activities for educational publishers. She is a longtime Horn Book Guide reviewer and reviews books for The Horn Book Magazine.

(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 assistant at the MIT Press, a former editorial intern for The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide, and a freelance writer and reviewer.

(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 has also 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.

(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.

(ABZ) Amy Bennett-Zendzian holds an MA/MFA in children’s literature from Simmons College and teaches writing 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), which made the 2014 Amelia Bloomer Project list and YALSA’s 2014 Outstanding Books for the College Bound list.

(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 senior editor of The Horn Book Magazine and a longtime Magazine reviewer.

(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.

(LLC) Lauren Causey holds a PhD in education, curriculum, and instruction from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

(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.

(ALC) Amy Lois Cohn works at the Writing Center at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts, and in the college’s student support program. She teaches children’s literature at Endicott and at Lesley University. She has served as the editor-in-chief of three different imprints at William Morrow & Company and also as the marketing director of the Horn Book, Inc. She is the author of From Sea to Shining Sea: A Treasury of American Folktales and Folksongs and co-author with Suzy Schmidt of Abraham Lincoln.

(A.COLLINS) Anastasia M. Collins is a master’s candidate in both children’s literature and library and information science at Simmons College. She holds a BA in literature from New College of Florida.

(LEC) Liza Cortright is a former editorial intern for The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide.

(AC) Andrea Curtis is a former editorial intern for 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 The Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a Horn Book Magazine reviewer.

(JBF) Julie Bartynski Fenner is a former children’s book editor and holds an MA in children’s literature from Simmons College.

(LCF) Lisa Catherine Findlay is a special education supervisor and former children’s book editor currently living in Massachusetts. She holds an MA in English literature and an MEd in special education.

(SF) Shoshana Flax is editorial assistant of The Horn Book Guide.

(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.

(RF) Rebecca Fox is a master’s candidate in both children’s literature and library and information science at Simmons College. She works in two public libraries’ children’s rooms and presented a paper on characterization in beginning readers at ChLA’s 2014 conference.

(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 for The Horn Book, Inc.

(SG) Susan Graham 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.

(MG) After many years of revitalizing school libraries in the Archdiocese of New York and New York City public schools, Melinda Greenblatt is now the director of 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 the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College. A former teacher and bookseller, 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.

(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.

(JH) Jonathan Hunt, a school librarian for the Modesto City Schools District (CA), 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 a children’s book editor and librarian, Cyrisse Jaffee is editorial project director in the Education Department of WGBH. She holds an MLS from Simmons College.

(LAK) Lily Kessinger is an editorial intern for The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide.

(RK) Rebecca Kirshenbaum holds master’s degrees in children’s literature and English. She teaches creative writing and children’s literature at Mt. Ida Collge and is a former editorial intern for The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide.

(MVK) Maeve Visser Knoth is the school librarian at Phillips Brooks School in Menlo Park, California. She has worked at both the San Mateo (CA) County Library System and the Cambridge (MA) Public Library, and has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in children’s literature. She is a former Horn Book Magazine reviewer.

(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, a graduate of Harvard University, has worked as a teacher and an entrepreneur. She is the author of several published stories and plays for children.

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

(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.

(JL) Jill Leibowitz is an editorial intern for The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide.

(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.

(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 statewide advisor for youth and school library services with the Massachusetts Library System.

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

(BCM) Barratt Miller holds an MLS 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 and young adult services librarian at Crook County Library in Prineville, Oregon, and chair-elect of the Oregon Library Association’s Children’s Services Division.

(CJP) Connor Joel Park is an editorial intern for The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide.

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

(kp) Kristy Pasquariello is a children’s librarian at the Wellesley Free Library in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

(RWP) Russell Perry is a former editorial intern for The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide, and Charlesbridge Publishing. He holds master’s degrees in children’s literature and writing for children from Simmons College. He currently works as a children’s bookseller.

(CP) Chelsey Philpot teaches writing at Boston University and works as a journalist and YA novelist. Her first novel, Even in Paradise, was recently published by HarperCollins. She is a former editorial assistant of The Horn Book Guide.

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

(RR) Randy Ribay is the chair of the English department at an all-boys’ charter high school in Philadelphia. He holds a BA in English literature from the University of Colorado and an EdM in language and literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He lives in Camden, New Jersey, with his wife and two dogs.

(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 Massachusetts. She also teaches children’s literature at the Simmons College 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.

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

(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 holds a master’s degree in children’s literature from Simmons College and works as a freelance reader/copy editor.

(RLS) Rachel L. Smith, former marketing and circulation manager for The Horn Book, Inc., is an associate content developer for an educational publisher. She holds a master’s degree in library and information science from 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.

(MJS) Miriam Steinberg-Egeth lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she is the advice columnist for the Jewish Exponent. She holds an MEd in creative arts in learning from Lesley University.

(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 State. 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 currently on staff at Villanova University’s Falvey Memorial Library. 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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