Reaching Readers: Part 2 Getting Your Book Into the Hands of Kids (gatekeepers perspectives)
This panel continues the discussion on how to reach readers from the perspectives of librarians, teachers, and booksellers. How do you get the right book to the right kid? What strategies help you figure out what makes a book “right”? Gender, diversity, politics and economics all come into play, making these simple questions a lot more complicated than they might seem at first!
Melissa Fox is the Children’s Event Coordinator at Watermark Books & Cafe, an independent bookstore in Wichita, KS. She is an avid, omnivorous reader and has been blogging at Book Nut for 14 years.
Hi! I’m Cindy L. Rodriguez, the author of the young adult novel When Reason Breaks, (Bloomsbury 2015). I also have an essay in the anthology Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles (Simon Pulse 2018). Before becoming a teacher, I worked as a reporter for The Hartford Courant and as a researcher for The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team. I have degrees from the University of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University, and two teaching certifications. I am also a founder of and blogger at Latinxs in Kid Lit. I live in Connecticut with my family, and I’m a big fan of the three Cs: coffee, chocolate, and coconut. You can find me atcindylrodriguez.com.
Sam Musher has been a middle school librarian for fourteen years, first at the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, MA, and now in the Cambridge Public Schools. Her home is in Somerville, MA (or Boston, if you’re from outside the area). She’s committed to sharing diverse and deeply compassionate books with all kids. Follow her reviews and read-alike suggestions on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/
Carla Molina is a high school librarian in Rhode Island where she marries her love of reading and building community. When not in the stacks, she’s a single mom of two dynamic daughters and has a low key super power for connecting people. Carla has had a lifelong obsession with storytelling that’s led her to blog for the Huffington Post and Latina magazine, take the stage with Listen To Your Mother twice, and support other single parents through a new project she’s joined called Avail. She’s currently gone down the Craigslist rabbit hole to decorate her new home and is working on a children’s book about the Pedro Pan airlift as a way to honor her Cuban roots.
Karen Yingling (moderator) is a middle-aged, middle school librarian in the Midwest with a blog that concentrates on middle grade literature, http://
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