Horn Book Magazine Reviewers

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.

Jessica Agudelo is the youth collections coordinator at BookOps for the New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library, and a member of the 2023 Newbery committee.

Autumn Allen is an educator, writer, critic and independent scholar of children's and young adult literature. She holds an MA-MFA in children's literature and writing for children from Simmons University, and a master's degree in education from Harvard University. She is the 2020-2021 Writer in Residence at the Boston Public Library.

Anamaría Anderson is a writer, translator, and museum educator at the National Gallery of Art.

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.

Julie Hakim Azzam is the assistant director of the MFA program in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University and has a PhD in literary and cultural studies, with a specialization in contemporary postcolonial literature from Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.

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

Sarah Berman is a middle school special education assistant. She attended the University of St. Andrews, where she studied literature and wrote a dissertation about violence in children's fiction. 

Katie Bircher is formerly editor of The Horn Book Guide.

Sam Bloom is a programming librarian at the Covington Branch of the Kenton County Public Library in northern Kentucky.

Jennifer M. Brabander is former senior editor of The Horn Book Magazine. She holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature from Simmons University.

Nicholas A. Brown is a Honduran-American library executive and musician. He serves as COO for Communication and Outreach at the Prince George's County Memorial Library System in Maryland and is adjunct faculty in library and information science at The Catholic University of America.

Pauletta Brown Bracy is professor of library science at North Carolina Central University.

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.

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

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.

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.

Jerry Dear, information strategist at the San Francisco Public Library, also teaches in the Library Information Technology program at City College of San Francisco. He contributes to the blogs for APALA, Hyphen Magazine, and No Flying No Tights.

Christina L. 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.

Summer Edward is the founder and director emerita of Anansesem, a Caribbean children’s and young adult literature e-zine, and currently works as a juvenile literature readers' advisory specialist at EBSCOhost Novelist and a children’s fiction editor at Heinemann. Her first children's book will be published by HarperCollins UK in March 2021. She lives in Trinidad and Philadelphia.

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

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

Shoshana Flax is associate editor of The Horn Book Magazine.

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

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

Elisa Gall is a teacher-librarian at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.

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

Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor for The Horn Book, Inc.

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.

Maija Meadows Hasegawa is a disabled librarian of color who works as the youth programs librarian for the Children's Library at the Central Library of the Boston Public Library. She has previously worked at two branches in Dorchester. She holds a master’s degree in library and information science from Simmons University.

Gabi K. Huesca is a librarian at the Fairfax County Public Library. She holds a master's degree in library and information science from the University of Maryland.

Jonathan Hunt is the coordinator of library media services at the San Diego County Office of Education.

Yesica Hurd is a children's librarian at the Berkeley Public Library at the Central Children's Room.

Ariana Hussain is a school librarian at St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School in Washington, DC. She also writes for Kirkus and School Library Journal and is a founding member and blogger for Hijabi Librarians. She is a lifetime member of APALA.

Rachel L. Kerns is a project manager for an educational publisher. She holds a master’s degree in library and information science from Simmons College.

Maeve Visser Knoth is a librarian at Phillips Brooks School, Menlo Park, California, and formerly adjunct faculty at Notre Dame de Namur University and Lesley University.

Laura Koenig is the team leader for Central Library Children's Services at the Boston Public Library.

Megan Dowd Lambert created the Whole Book Approach storytime model in association with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and is a former lecturer in children’s literature at Simmons University, where she also earned her MA. A children’s book author, reviewer, and consultant, Megan is president of Modern Memoirs, Inc., a private publishing company specializing in personal and family histories.

Michelle Lee is a young adult librarian for the New York Public Library.

Susan Dove Lempke is director of the Niles-Maine District Library in Illinois.

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.

Sujei Lugo is a former elementary school librarian at the University of Puerto Rico Elementary School and currently works as a children’s librarian at the Boston Public Library, Connolly Branch. She is a doctoral candidate in library and information science at Simmons College, focusing her research on anti-racist children’s librarianship.

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.

Niki Marion is the children's outreach manager at Third Place Books in Seattle. She holds a master's in children's literature from Simmons University.

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

Grace McKinney works in a primary classroom at Chesterfield Montessori School in St. Louis, Missouri, and writes about children's books at the blog Cosmic Bookshelf. She holds an MA in children's literature from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons University.

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.

J. Elizabeth Mills graduated with a PhD in Information Science and works as a research consultant with faculty at University of Washington and Kent State University on various studies. 

Nicholl Montgomery is currently working on a PhD at Boston College in the curriculum and instruction department. Previously, she worked as an English teacher with Boston Public Schools.

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

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

Adrienne L. Pettinelli is the director of the Henrietta (NY) Public Library. She has served on several book award committees and is the author of Helping Homeschoolers in the Library (2008).

Sarah Rettger is an independent bookseller in Boston, Massachusetts.

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.

Cynthia K. Ritter is managing editor of The Horn Book, Inc.

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.

Hill Saxton is a youth services librarian at the Cambridge Public Library in Massachusetts.

Alex Schaffner is the events director and a bookseller at an independent bookstore in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dean Schneider teaches eighth grade English at the Ensworth School in Nashville, Tennessee.

Bodie Shanis is a student at Simmons University and will receive an MA in children's literature and MFA in writing for children in 2022.

Sadaf Siddique is co-author of Muslims in Story: Expanding Multicultural Understanding through Children’s and Young Adult Literature and co-founder of Kitaabworld. She writes about Muslim kid lit and South Asian kid lit at Lantern Reads.

Vicky Smith is access serivces director at the Portland (Maine) Public Library and adjunct instructor in children's literature at Simmons University.

K Rachael Stein is the digital resources analyst at Southern Maryland Regional Library. She blogs at abouttomock.blogspot.com.

Emmie Stuart is the librarian at Percy Priest Elementary in Nashville.

Roger Sutton is editor in chief emeritus for The Horn Book, Inc.

Jennifer Hubert Swan is the library department chair and upper school librarian at the Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY. She is also an adjunct assistant professor at Pratt Institute School of Information, where she teaches youth literature and library programming. She blogs at Reading Rants.

Kristine Techavanich is a children's librarian at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, Florida.

Lettycia Terrones is a PhD student in the School of Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

S. R. Toliver is an assistant professor of literacy and secondary humanities at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her public and academic scholarship can be found on her website ReadingBlackFutures.com. Follow her on Twitter @SR_Toliver.

Luann Toth is a former reviews editor at School Library Journal. She holds an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh.

You-Ling (Weileen) Wang loves to write, read, and illustrate. She attended Vanderbilt University, where she studied child development and fell in love with children's literature. She holds a master's degree in arts in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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