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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 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.

(JHA) Julie Hakim Azzam teaches in the English department at the University of Pittsburgh and has written about children’s literature for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for many years. She also reviews for The Horn Book Magazine. She has a PhD in comparative literature. Her academic work focuses on immigrant American literature and literature from Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

(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 production artist and proofreader. 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.

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

(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.

(KMB) Kristine Caldwell is a youth services librarian for a public library in Vermont.

(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.

(LLC) After getting her start in children’s publishing at Scholastic, Inc., Lauren Causey studied language and literacy in her master’s and PhD programs. She currently works at a large science museum in the Midwest.

(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, 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.

(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.

(JC) Jeannie Coutant works as a reading tutor and is a graduate student studying children’s literature and writing for children at Simmons College.

(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.

(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.

(EID) Emily Day is an editorial intern for The Horn Book, Inc.

(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.

(DE) David Elzey is a writer, bookseller, and graduate of the creative writing for children and young adults program at The Vermont College of Fine Arts. He currently resides in Brookline, Massachusetts.

(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.

(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.

(TF) Tory Fiske is an editorial intern for The Horn Book, Inc.

(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.

(SHG) Sarah Hannah Gómez holds an MA in children’s literature and an MS in library and information science from Simmons College. She is a doctoral student in language, reading, and culture at the University of Arizona.

(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.

(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. 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.

(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.

(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 a 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.

(ARJ) Alia Jones is a former Fulbright English teacher in South Korea and children’s bookseller in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is currently a senior library services assistant with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. She blogs about children’s literature and diverse books at readitrealgood.com.

(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 is currently pursuing an MFA in writing for children and young adults at The Vermont College of Fine Arts. She teaches creative writing and children’s literature.

(MDL) 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 (Charlesbridge). She’s also a reviewer for The Horn Book Magazine.

(MCL) Minh Lê is a children’s book author and reviewer for The Horn Book Magazine. He lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. Find him online at minhlebooks.com, where he maintains the Bottom Shelf Books blog.

(SDL) Susan Dove Lempke is director of the Niles Public Library in Illinois and 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.

(JCM) Jonda C. McNair, a former elementary school teacher of students in grades K–2, is a professor of literacy education at Clemson University in South Carolina and a Horn Book Magazine reviewer.

(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.

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

(CCP) Celia C. Pérez is a reference and instruction librarian at Harold Washington College in Chicago. She is the co-chair of the children and young adult services committee of REFORMA, a blogger at All Brown All Around (all-brown-all-around.blogspot.com), and a reviewer for The Horn Book Magazine.

(RWP) Russell Perry is editorial assistant for The Horn Book, Inc.

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

(AM) Alma Ramos-McDermott is currently a teacher-librarian at Lake Trafford Elementary School in Immokalee, Florida, and a Horn Book Magazine reviewer. Alma is a life member of REFORMA, a member of YALSA, and has also served on the Pura Belpré Award committee. She holds an MS in library science from Simmons College and an MS in education from Brooklyn College. You can find her online at shouldireaditornot.wordpress.com.

(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 the Simmons College 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.

(SAR) Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez is currently an assistant professor of English at LaGuardia Community College (NY) and a reviewer for The Horn Book Magazine. She received her PhD in English from the University of California, Riverside. Her research focuses on Latinx children’s and young adult literature. She is a contributing blogger for Latinx in Kid Lit (latinosinkidlit.com).

(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 is a content manager for an educational publisher. She holds a master’s degree in library and information science from Simmons College.

(R. SMITH) Until her recent death, Robin L. Smith taught second grade at the Ensworth School in Nashville, Tennessee, and was a Horn Book Magazine reviewer.

(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.

(ES) Ed Spicer is a retired educator from Allegan, Michigan. He runs spicyreads.org.

(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.

(MRS) Morgan Stewart is an editorial intern for The Horn Book, Inc.

(KS) Katie Sutton is an editorial intern for The Horn Book, Inc.

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

(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.

(JT) Julia Tyler is a design intern for The Horn Book, Inc.

(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.

(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.

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