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Marilyn Augustyn, MD is the Massachusetts Reach Out and Read Medical Director, and Director of the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Augustyn is a member of the Executive Committee of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and has published widely in the fields of autism, childhood witness to violence, and early language development. She is a co-editor of The Zuckerman Parker Handbook of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics for Primary Care and the online journal Up-to-Date.

Meg Bruton has taught kindergarten for over twenty years at the Fayerweather Street School in Cambridge, Ma. She is a lifelong book lover and spends her days imparting that early love of words and children’s literature to the many communities of children she has taught over the years.

Anna Dewdney is the #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the Llama Llama picture book series. Other books in the series include the award-winning Llama Llama Holiday Drama, Llama Llama Misses Mama, Llama Llama Red Pajama, Llama Llama Mad at Mama, Llama Llama Home with Mama and Llama Llama Time to Share. She is also the author/illustrator of Nobunny’s Perfect. For more information about Ms. Dewdney or to download the Llama app, visit She lives just over a covered bridge in southern Vermont.

Lisa Dobberteen, MD, the daughter of a librarian and an avid reader, has been an enthusiastic Reach Out and Read pediatrician in Cambridge since 1998 and is medical director of READ (Read Each And Every Day), a Cambridge Health Alliance childhood literacy program that promotes the importance of reading as well-child and sick visits from birth through the teen years. Dr. Dobberteen is an assistant professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and a member of the Board of Directors of Sunshine Nursery School in Arlington, MA; The Anne E. Borghesani Community Foundation; and the Ummeed Child Development Center in Mumbai, India. She is also the author of Love and Limits In & Out of Child Care, What Your Child Care Provider and Pediatrician Want You to Know, written with child care provider Margaret Thomas.

Kitty Flynn is the senior editor of The Horn Book Guide.
Click here to read Roger Sutton’s Five Questions for Kitty Flynn

Anne Mackay has been teaching for 13 years, currently as a lower school reading specialist at Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She works with children and teachers in Beginners, Kindergarten and First Grade, teaching all aspects of early literacy, coordinating the early literacy curriculum, and supporting students as they grow as readers and writers. She began her teaching career as a special education teacher in Chicago Public Schools. Anne has a dual Bachelors Degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from Hope College, and a Masters Degree in Language and Literacy from Roosevelt University. She finds joy in helping young children begin to see themselves as readers, and is equally passionate about working with parents to support early readers in both their home and school environment. She lives in Belmont, Massachusetts with her husband who is also an educator and her three-year-old son.


Beth McIntyre is a Youth Services Librarian at the Cambridge Public Library. After teaching special education and training educators in rural Uganda, she realized that public libraries were the place where family literacy, empowerment and access collided. She earned her MLS from Simmons College in 2007.

Dr. Kathy Modigliani leads the Family Child Care Project in Arlington, MA. She has studied family child care for 25 years, visiting more than 400 providers’ homes and evaluating over 50 community family child care initiatives. Previously at Bank Street College and Wheelock College, Kathy led the development of the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) Accreditation system.

Always focused on supporting providers and enhancing the quality of family child care (FCC), Kathy has consulted with numerous national organizations, foundations, advisory boards, and governmental agencies; conducted research and evaluation projects; taught at several colleges; and developed trainings for NAFCC, community Resource and Referral Agencies, and FCC networks. Currently she has a grant to publish Ways with Words, a language and literacy training series for FCC.

These days, she facilitates the Cambridge Family Child Care Support Group and grandchildren ages are central to Nonna Kathy’s life.

Dr. Robert Needlman, Co-founder and board member, Reach out and Read
In 1989 Dr. Robert Needlman was the lead pediatrician in the Reach Out and Read pilot project at Boston City Hospital and directed the program for its first four years. He did the first study that documented the efficacy of pediatric intervention to support literacy, and has contributed to the research in that area over the last two decades. Dr. Needlman is the co-author of the last two editions of Baby and Child Care, Dr. Benjamin Spock’s classic parenting manual and author of Dr. Spock’s Baby Basics. His published work includes studies on pediatric literacy promotion, prenatal cocaine exposure, iron deficiency, maternal depression, resident training, and preventive care. A graduate of Yale College (English Literature) and the Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Needlman practices and teaches Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland and is Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He lives in Cleveland with his wife, Dr. Carol Farver. Their daughter, Grace, graduated from Yale in 2011.
Click here to read Roger Sutton’s Five Questions for Dr. Robert Needlman.


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


Julie Roach manages youth services at the Cambridge Public Library in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She reviews children’s books for The Horn Book and School Library Journal and has served on several children’s book award committees. She also teaches children’s literature at Simmons College’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science and at Lesley University.

Lolly Robinson is the designer and production manager for The Horn Book, Inc. She has degrees in studio art and children’s literature and teaches children’s and adolescent literature at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. She has served on the Caldecott and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award committees.

Jim St. Claire has taught kindergarten for 39 years, in New York City, Roxbury and for the last 27 years at the Amigos School in Cambridge, a dual immersion school (Spanish/English). Jim has taught children’s literature at the college level and was the senior literacy advisor to the award-winning PBS program: Between the Lions for 10 years. He is the father of four boys and lives on Mission Hill.

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc., since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books and a children’s and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.