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(NO INITIALS) are reviews written by The Horn Book, Inc. staff.

(AAM) Aishah Abdul-Musawwir is an elementary school librarian for Cambridge Public Schools (MA) and reviews for The Horn Book Magazine. She holds a Master of Education degree with a focus on school library media services from Cambridge College.

(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.

(TDA) 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.

(JHA) Julie Hakim Azzam is the MFA program coordinator in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University and teaches literature and public writing at the University of Pittsburgh.

(RHB) Robyn Bahr is a higher education administrator and freelance film/television critic with bylines at The Village Voice, The Hollywood Reporter, and others. She is a proud Amherst alumna and holds an Ed.M. in children’s media from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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

(LB) Lana Barnes is a freelance proofreader and reviewer. 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 is the youth services manager at the Whatcom County Library System in northwest Washington State and a reviewer for The Horn Book Magazine.

(ACB) Aimee Chevrette Bear is a graduate of Simmons College and holds an MA from the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature at Roehampton University in London. She currently works as a content manager for an educational publisher.

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

(S. BERMAN) Sarah Berman reviews for The Horn Book Magazine and sells books at the Concord (MA) Bookshop. She attended the University of St. Andrews, where she studied literature and wrote a dissertation about violence in children’s fiction.

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

(PBB) Pauletta Brown Bracy is professor of library science at North Carolina Central University and a Horn Book Magazine reviewer.

(MLB) Miriam Lang Budin, formerly the head of children’s services at the Chappaqua Library in New York, is happily retired but still actively reviewing children’s literature and serving as a member on the Bank Street Children’s Book Committee.

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

(JAB) Jessica Bushore holds a BA in history from Alma College (MI) and an MLS from Indiana University, Bloomington. As a freelance book reviewer, she also contributes to Kirkus Indie, School Library Journal, and Library Journal. She previously reviewed children’s books for Shelf Awareness for Readers for five years.

(PMC) Paula M. Cairo is a librarian at Friends Select School in Philadelphia, PA.

(ERC) Eric Carpenter is the school librarian at Toomer Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Horn Book Magazine reviewer.

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

(LC) Lauren Chambers holds an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and is a librarian at The Urbana Free Library.

(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.

(AMC) Anastasia M. Collins, an academic librarian and Horn Book Magazine reviewer, holds an MS in library and information science and an MA in children’s literature from Simmons College.

(YCR) Originally from Puerto Rico, Yaisha Cordero-Rivera is part of the sales and marketing team at Beacon Press in Boston, Massachusetts. She holds an MA in publishing and writing from Emerson College.

(JJC) Jessica Costello is an assistant at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She received a BFA in writing, literature, and publishing from Emerson College and is currently in progress toward her MLIS with a focus in youth services from San Jose State University. Her short stories have appeared in The Merrimack Review and Defenestrationism, and she regularly reviews books for IndieReader. She lives in Los Angeles.

(JC) Jeannie Coutant works as a reading tutor and is a recent graduate of Simmons College with a dual master’s in children’s literature and writing for children. She is also an editorial intern at The Horn Book, Inc.

(JD) Janet Daniels holds an MFA in writing for children from Simmons College. She has worked in the children’s departments of bookstores and libraries and for a small publishing house. She has taught elementary English in France and college-level courses on the history and modern retellings of fairy tales.

(JMD) Julie Danielson writes about picture books at the blog Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. She also writes for The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, and BookPage and is a lecturer for the School of Information Sciences graduate program at the University of Tennessee. Her book Wild Things!: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature (Candlewick), written with Betsy Bird and Peter D. Sieruta, was published in 2014.

(KD) Katie Darrin is a teacher librarian in Boulder, Colorado. You can find out more about her and her love of children’s literature at bookvida.com.

(JKD) Janet Dawson is the K–8 librarian for the Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District in Massachusetts. She reviews a new children’s book every day on her blog, kidsbookaday.com.

(CLD) Christina L. Dobbs is an assistant professor of English education at Boston University and a Horn Book Magazine reviewer. She is a former high school teacher, literacy coach, and reading specialist, and she studied adolescent literacy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

(CHD) Christina Dorr, PhD, is a media specialist with Hilliard City School District near Columbus, Ohio. She also teaches children’s literature and reference courses at Kent State University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science. You can find her online at opendorrs2books.com.

(ME) Monica Edinger is a fourth-grade teacher at the Dalton School in New York City; blogs at educating alice (medinger.wordpress.com); and is the author of Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad (Candlewick), illustrated by Robert Byrd. She also reviews for The Horn Book Magazine.

(SE) Vancouver-based writer and critic Sarah Ellis recently retired from the faculty of The Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a Horn Book Magazine reviewer.

(GE) Grace Enriquez is an associate professor of language and literacy at Lesley University. She teaches courses on children’s and young adult literature, the teaching of writing, literacy research, and literacy methods.

(RHF) Roxanne Hsu Feldman is the middle school librarian at the Dalton School in New York City and a Horn Book Magazine reviewer. She is fully bilingual in Mandarin and English.

(LCF) Lisa Catherine Findlay is a special education supervisor and former children’s book editor currently living in Massachusetts. She holds master’s degrees in English literature and special education, as well as a doctorate in language arts and literacy education.

(SF) Shoshana Flax is assistant editor for The Horn Book, Inc.

(KF) Kitty Flynn, former executive editor of The Horn Book Guide, is contributing editor for The Horn Book, Inc.

(DJF) Danielle J. Ford is an associate professor of science education at the University of Delaware.

(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.

(ASF) Amy Seto Forrester is a children’s librarian at the Denver (CO) Public Library.

(RF) Rebecca Fox holds master’s degrees in both children’s literature and library and information science from Simmons College. She is the children’s librarian at the West End branch of the Boston Public Library and has presented papers on beginning readers at the last four ChLA conferences.

(EG) Elisa Gall works as the director of library services at a JK–12 independent school in Chicago and is a reviewer for The Horn Book Magazine.

(PG) Patrick Gall works as a librarian for children in preschool through eighth grade at the Catherine Cook School in Chicago and is a reviewer for The Horn Book Magazine.

(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 executive editor for The Horn Book, Inc.

(MG) Formerly the director of Briarcliff Manor Public Library (NY), Melinda Greenblatt also spent many years revitalizing school libraries in the Archdiocese of New York and the New York City Public Schools through the Library Connections and Library Power programs.

(GWG) Grace Worcester Greene is the former youth services consultant at the Vermont Department of Libraries. She has chaired the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards committee and served as a member of both the Newbery and the Caldecott Award committees.

(RLH) Rebecca Hachmyer holds an MA in children’s literature from Simmons College. An educator and a former bookseller, she is currently working toward a doctorate in education from the University of California, Berkeley. She sits on the Words Take Wing committee, which honors diversity in children’s literature and is housed at the University of California, Davis.

(MH) Monique Harris is a public educator, reading specialist, and independent educational consultant. She holds a Master of Science degree in education from Simmons College. She resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

(KEH) Katrina Hedeen is managing editor for The Horn Book, Inc.

(GBH) Gail Hedges taught children’s literature at Lesley University and Framingham State (MA) University. She is a past president of the Foundation for Children’s Books—now called Wondermore—and remains active on the foundation’s program advisory committee.

(AH) Lex Higbee is an editorial intern for The Horn Book, Inc.

(JH) Jonathan Hunt is the coordinator of library media services at the San Diego (CA) County Office of Education and a reviewer for The Horn Book Magazine.

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

(CJ) Cyrisse Jaffee is a former children’s and young adult librarian and children’s trade book editor. She is currently editorial project manager in the education department of WGBH, as well as a freelance writer and editor. She holds an MLS from Simmons College.

(DK) Dorrie Karlin is a children’s librarian outside of Boston. She holds an MA in children’s literature and an MS in library and information science from Simmons College.

(RK) Rebecca Kirshenbaum is a former editorial intern for The Horn Book, Inc. She holds a master’s degree in children’s literature from Simmons College and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from The Vermont College of Fine Arts. She teaches creative writing and children’s literature.

(AJK) Amitha Knight holds degrees from MIT and Tufts University School of Medicine, and is now a professional writer.

(MDL) Megan Dowd Lambert is a senior lecturer in children’s literature at Simmons College, a children’s book author, and the author of Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking About What They See (Charlesbridge). She’s also a reviewer for The Horn Book Magazine. Find her online at megandowdlambert.com and on Twitter @MDowdLambert.

(MCL) Minh Lê is a children’s book author, Horn Book Magazine reviewer, and blogger (Bottom Shelf Books). He lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. Find him online at minhlebooks.com or on Twitter @bottomshelfbks.

(MYL) Melissa Lee is an editorial intern for The Horn Book, Inc.

(SDL) Susan Dove Lempke is director of the Niles Public Library in Illinois and a Horn Book Magazine reviewer.

(SRL) Siena Leslie is the author of several published stories and plays for children. She’s also a creator of Habitica, a hybrid productivity app and fantasy game with over 2.5 million users.

(AKL) Alicia K. Long teaches multicultural materials for children and young adults at the University of South Florida School of Information. She also presents family literacy and bilingual programs in public libraries, maintains the young adult collection at the academic library where she works, and is a Horn Book Magazine reviewer.

(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.

(MHM) Michelle H. Martin is the Beverly Cleary professor for children and youth services in the Information School at the University of Washington in Seattle and a Horn Book Magazine reviewer.

(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.

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

(EN) Eboni Njoku is a children’s librarian at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library branch of the DC Public Library and a reviewer for The Horn Book Magazine.

(MVP) Martha V. Parravano is book review editor for The Horn Book, Inc.

(KP) Kristy Pasquariello is a children’s librarian at the Westwood Public Library in Massachusetts and a contributor at bookriot.com.

(RWP) Russell Perry is a former editorial assistant for The Horn Book, Inc. He holds master’s degrees in children’s literature and writing for children from Simmons College.

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

(SR) Sarah Rettger is an independent bookseller in Boston and a reviewer for The Horn Book Magazine.

(CR) Cynthia K. Ritter is associate editor for The Horn Book, Inc.

(JR) Julie Roach manages youth services at the Cambridge Public Library in Massachusetts. She teaches children’s literature at Simmons College’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science and at Lesley University, and is a reviewer for The Horn Book Magazine.

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

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

(NS) Nancy Sheridan, former assistant editor of The Horn Book Magazine, worked for many years in educational publishing. She is now a children’s librarian at the Colby Memorial Library in Danville, New Hampshire.

(CLS) Carolyn Shute was a longtime editor in the reading department of an educational publisher. She holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College.

(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 currently a freelance writer in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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

(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.

(KRS) K Rachael Stein is the information services manager at Eastern Shore Regional Library in Salisbury, Maryland. She reviews for The Horn Book Magazine and blogs at abouttomock.blogspot.com.

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

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

(JHS) Jennifer Hubert Swan is the director of library services and middle school librarian at Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School in New York City. She is also a visiting assistant professor at Pratt Institute School of Information, where she teaches youth literature and library programming. She reviews for The Horn Book Magazine and blogs at Reading Rants.

(LT) Lettycia Terrones is a PhD student in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and a Horn Book Magazine reviewer.

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

(MT) Mariko Turk holds a PhD in English with a specialization in children’s literature from the University of Florida. She teaches writing at the University of Colorado Boulder.

(TW) Librarian and author Tim Wadham 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.

(ECW) Erica Wetter is an editor at an academic publisher and reviews regularly for Publishers Weekly, among other publications.

(RCW) Renée Wheeler holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in library science. She is a children’s librarian at the Leominster Public Library in Massachusetts.

(PY) Pam Yosca is a children’s librarian in Boston, Massachusetts.

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