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Principal reviewers

Principal reviewers are permanent members of The Horn Book review staff. 

Jennifer M. Brabander is a former senior editor of The Horn Book Magazine.

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

Sarah Ellis is a Vancouver-based writer and critic, recently retired from the faculty of The Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Danielle J. Ford is associate professor of science education at the University of Delaware.

Jonathan Hunt is the Coordinator of Library Media Services at the San Diego County Office of Education.

Susan Dove Lempke is Director of the Niles Public Library District in Illinois.

Joanna Rudge Long is former editor of Kirkus Reviews and writes and lectures on children’s books.

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

Dean Schneider teaches seventh and eighth grades at the Ensworth School in Nashville, Tennessee.

Robin L. Smith teaches second grade at the Ensworth School in Nashville, Tennessee.

Guest reviewers

Guest reviewers write occasional book reviews for the Magazine.

Lauren Adams teaches English and ELL at Natick (MA) High School and Adolescent Literature at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Tanya D. Auger is a former middle school teacher and historic house museum teacher. She is the author of Next Stop: Reading in Different Genres, a chapter-book and workbook series for second through fifth graders. She holds a master’s degree in learning and teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Deirdre F. Baker teaches children’s literature at the University of Toronto and is the children’s book reviewer for the Toronto Star.

Thom Barthelmess is the Youth Services Manager at the Whatcom County Library System in northwest Washington State.

J. L. Bell is the proprietor of, a website offering daily doses of history, analysis, and unabashed gossip about the American Revolution. A former book editor, he has written both nonfiction and fiction for young readers.

Nell Beram is 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.

Kazia Berkley-Cramer is a graduate student working towards her MA in children’s literature and her MS in library and information science at Simmons College. A former editorial intern at The Horn Book, she is a part-time librarian at the Watertown Free Public Library and a graduate assistant at the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature.

Sarah Berman sells books at The Concord Bookshop. She attended the University of St. Andrews, where she studied literature and wrote a dissertation about violence in children’s fiction.

Sam Bloom is a former elementary and middle school teacher. He is currently senior children’s librarian at the Blue Ash branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County in Ohio.

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

Mary Burkey is a middle school teacher-librarian who has served as the chair of ALA’s Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production, blogs about audiobooks at, and is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature.

Anastasia M. Collins is a children’s literature scholar and academic librarian. She holds an MS in library science and an MA in children’s literature from Simmons College and the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature.

Monica Edinger is a fourth grade teacher at the Dalton School in New York City, blogs at educating alice, and is the author of Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad (Candlewick), illustrated by Robert Byrd.

Elisa Gall is chair of library services at the Latin School of Chicago.

Patrick Gall works as a librarian for children in preschool through eighth grade at the Catherine Cook School in Chicago.

Sarah Hannah Gómez holds an MA in children’s literature and MS in library and information science from Simmons College. She blogs about books and other media at

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

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.

Megan Dowd Lambert is a Senior Lecturer in Children’s Literature at Simmons College, a picture book author, and the author of Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking about What They See. Find her online at and on Twitter @MDowdLambert.

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

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

Amy Pattee is an associate professor of library and information science at Simmons College.

Celia C. Pérez is a reference and instruction librarian at Harold Washington College in Chicago, IL. She is the co-chair of the Children and Young Adult Services Committee of REFORMA and blogs at All Brown All Around.

Sarah Rettger is an independent bookseller in Boston.

Angela J. Reynolds is head of youth services at Annapolis Valley Regional Library in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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

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