Subscribe to The Horn Book

Horn Book Magazine Reviewers

Horn Book Magazine

Principal reviewers

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

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.

Kitty Flynn is consulting editor of The Horn Book, Inc.

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-Maine District Library in Illinois.

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.

Guest reviewers

Guest reviewers write occasional book reviews for the Magazine.

Aishah Abdul-Musawwir is an elementary school librarian for Cambridge Public Schools. She holds a Masters of Education degree with a focus on School Library Media services from Cambridge College.

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.

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.

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.

Pauletta Brown Bracy is professor of library science at North Carolina Central University. She is chair of the 2015-2017 Coretta Scott King Book Awards committee and serves on the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards committee.

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

Mary Burkey is a retired teacher-librarian who has served as the chair of ALA’s Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production, is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature, and was the recipient of ALA’s Louis Shores Award for excellence in reviewing.

Eric Carpenter is the school librarian at Toomer Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia.

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.

Ernie Cox is the teacher-librarian at Prairie Creek Intermediate School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Julie Danielson writes about picture books at the blog Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. She also writes for 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, written with Betsy Bird and Peter D. Sieruta, was published in 2014.

Christina Dobbs is an assistant professor of English Education at Boston University. She is a former high school teacher, literacy coach, and reading specialist, and she studied adolescent literacy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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.

Roxanne Hsu Feldman is the Middle School Librarian at The Dalton School in New York City. She was originally from Taiwan. She is the publications consultant for Candied Plums, publisher of bilingual picture books from contemporary China.

Elisa Gall is Youth Collection Development Librarian at Deerfield (Illinois) Public Library.

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

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.

Minh Lê is a children’s book author and blogger (Bottom Shelf Books) who lives in Takoma Park, MD just outside of Washington D.C. Find him online at or on Twitter @bottomshelfbks.

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, and maintains the Young Adults’ collection at the academic library where she works.

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.

Michelle H. Martin is the Beverly Cleary Professor for Children and Youth Services in the Information School at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Claudette S. McLinn is a former teacher, school librarian, supervisor of ESEA Title V Library Services, and field administrator for elementary and secondary school libraries in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She is currently executive director of the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature.

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.

Eboni Njoku is a children’s librarian at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library Branch of the DC Public Library.

Celia C. Pérez is a reference and instruction librarian in Chicago. She is the author of the middle grade novel The First Rule of Punk. You can find her online at and on Twitter at @celiacperez.

Alma Ramos-McDermott is currently a teacher-librarian at Lake Trafford Elementary School in Immokalee, FL, and was the Schools Coordinator for the Blue Zones Project Southwest Florida. Alma is a life member of REFORMA, a member of YALSA, and has also served on the Pura Belpré selection 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

Sarah Rettger is an independent bookseller in Boston.

Angela J. Reynolds is the Community Engagement Coordinator for Annapolis Valley Regional Library in Nova Scotia. She served on the 2015 Caldecott Committee, and was the 2017 Bechtel Fellow at University of Florida.

Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez is currently an Assistant Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College. 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.

Rachel L. Smith is a content developer for an educational publisher. She holds a master’s degree in library and information science from Simmons College.

Ed Spicer is a retired educator in Allegan, MI. He is a winner of one of Allegan’s “Outstanding People in Education” awards. He is also a Cool Teacher winner in Michigan. Spicer continues to write curriculum guides for many authors and publishers. He also maintains

K Rachael Stein is the Information Services Manager at Eastern Shore Regional Library in Salisbury, MD. She blogs at

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 blogs at Reading Rants.