The Bulletin Brown Bag: A Discussion with Reviewers

Join us for a discussion with reviewers from The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books about the process of reviewing books for young people and the value of such reviews in the professional and academic fields.

This Brown Bag discussion will feature three reviewers for The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books: Quinita Balderson, April Spisak, and Amanda Toledo.

Quinita Balderson (she/her) earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a master’s in Library and Information Science with a specialization in Youth Services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This faithful Illini currently holds a Library Specialist position at Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery in the Main Library. Dedication to diversity and a fondness of dark humor, horror, and mystery in kids’ lit make her a special addition to the Bulletin staff.

April Spisak (she/her) is Head of Youth Services at the Albany Public Library in Oregon and has reviewed children’s books for over fifteen years. She is obsessed with public libraries, and she considers reviewing to be a core privilege and responsibility for youth services librarians, whether on a local scale or for a professional journal. Given that her only skills are all word related, it is quite fortunate indeed that her dream job uses so many of them in myriad ways.

Amanda Toledo (she/her/ella) is a writer, reader, and library student getting her MLIS at San Jose State University. A first-generation daughter of Cuban immigrants, she grew up on a steady stream of books and croquetas. She lives, works, and dreams in Chicago, Illinois.

Questions? Contact Kate Quealy.

This event is sponsored by The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and The Center for Children's Books