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Meet the ReadKiddoRead Reviewers

CTB: Cathy Berner is the Children's/YA Specialist and Events Coordinator at Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston. For the past two years, she has served on the ABA's New Voices committee as Chair and Chair Emeritus. In previous lives, Cathy has been a congressional staffer and school librarian. She earned her MLS at Drexel University in Philadelphia and still misses the soft pretzels she could get at 30th Street Station. A native Minnesotan, she lives with her family just west of Houston.

GPB: Greg Batcheler is a writer and former independent bookseller currently living outside of Boston, Massachusetts. He holds a B.A. in English from Belmont University and will complete his M.F.A. in Writing for Children from Simmons College in June 2013. You can visit him online at www.gpbatch.com.

JF: Judy Freeman is a well-known consultant, writer, and speaker on children's literature, storytelling, and all aspects of librarianship. A former school librarian, she gives conferences, workshops, speeches, and performances throughout the U.S. and the world for teachers, librarians, parents, and children, and has written resource books for literature-based classrooms and libraries such as Books Kids Will Sit Still For: The Complete Read-Aloud Guide and The Winners Handbook.

JJ: JoAnn Jonas is a librarian, early childhood education specialist, publishing and media consultant, reviewer, and writer. She currently is the juvenile materials librarian in Collection Development at the San Diego County Library.

JMcD: Jeanne McDermott is a 25-year marketing veteran of children's book publishing. The recipient of the 2008 ALAN Ted Hipple Service Award, she earned her MLS at Queens College GSLIS and is a reviewer and the Children's and YA Librarian at the Amagansett (NY) Free Library.

JW: Jenny Wrenn started her career in book publishing, serving as a book acquisitions editor at Harcourt. Her career to date has focused primarily on children's literacy and issues of book access, with positions held at both First Book and Reading is Fundamental (RIF.) In her spare time, Jenny sits on the Board of Directors for Washington D.C.'s award-winning Young Playwrights' Theater.

KTH: Kathleen T. Horning is Director of the Cooperative Children's Book Center of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children's Books (HarperCollins, 2010).

LLW: Lauren L. Wohl has primarily been involved on the marketing side of publishing, working with companies big and small and some notable start-ups. She has an MLS, has been a school librarian, and is currently mentoring students in the masters program at Simmons College. At READKIDDOREAD, she writes content and works to spread the word about the website.

ME: Monica Edinger is a 4th grade teacher at the Dalton School in New York City as well as a reviewer and contributor to a variety of publications including The New York Times and the Horn Book Magazine. She created and helps run School Library Journal's annual Battle of the Kids' Books and blogs at educating alice and The Huffington Post.

SC: Sue Corbett reviews children's books for magazines and the Miami Herald. She also writes middle-grade novels, the latest of which is The Last Newspaper Boy in America.

SM: Sophia Midas has many years of experience as a feature writer and columnist for major magazines, newspapers and many other publications. She has been a frequent contributor to educational and special needs children's forums and has taught creative writing at several universities. M.A., English Literature; Fellow, doctoral program, English, University of Detroit.

SULLY: Ed Sullivan has many years of experience as a book reviewer, educator, librarian, and presenter. He is the author of The Ultimate Weapon: The Race Develop the Atomic Bomb (Holiday House, 2007), which received a Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award. Ed maintains a blog called Rogue Librarian, collects PEZ candy dispensers, and is well known for his vast collection of Converse Chuck Taylor high top sneakers. You can learn more about Ed's work at www.sully-writer.com.

Staff of RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT


KS: Kathy Sharp is the Kids Lead Bookseller at R.J. Julia Independent Booksellers in Madison, CT. She has a B.A. in English from Quinnipiac University and is involved in the arts, which is her passion (besides books that is!). She is a huge Disney fan and, of course, an avid reader of just about anything Young Adult (especially fantasy!). She lives in Guilford, CT with her loving husband and her two kitties, Patches and Ginger.

KSD: Kaley DeGoursey is the Children's Book Buyer for RJ Julia Independent Booksellers, located in picturesque Madison, CT. She has a B.A. in English, and is currently working on her MLS and School MediaSpecialist certification. Anyone from the CT shoreline area will agree that her famous Cinnamon-Sugar SandDollar cookies are to die for. Kaley lives in Guilford, CT with her husband, six year-old daughter, one cat, and way too many books.

MES: Maureen Sullivan is the Marketing Manager for RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT, where she keeps their website full of the latest and greatest staff picks, sends out email newsletters about authors coming to the store, creates all the advertising and printed materials for the store, and, of course, reads tons of books! She has two cats named Muggle and Minnie (short for Minerva McGonagall), named in honor one of her all-time favorite books, Harry Potter, and a one year old daughter named Maggie who is named in honor of her great-grandmother Margaret.

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