After teaching in elementary- and middle-school classrooms for a number of years, Lee Galda received her Ph.D. in English Education from New York University. A former professor at the University of Georgia, she is now a professor at the University of Minnesota where she teaches courses in children's and young adult literature. Lee is a member of the International Reading Association and the United States Board on Books for Young People, working on various committees related to literature. She was children's books department editor for The Reading Teacher from 1989 to 1993; a member of the 2003 Newbery Committee; a member of the International Reading Association Book Award Selection Committee for the past five years, co-chairing that committee in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012; and a member of the USBBY Bridge to Understanding Award Committee in 2008 through 2010, chairing that committee in 2011. She sits on the review boards of several professional journals and on the editorial boards of Children's Literature in Education and Journal of Children's Literature. Author of numerous articles and book chapters about children's literature and response, she was lead author of the first chapter on children's literature appearing in the HANDBOOK OF READING RESEARCH (Volume III). In 2011, Lee received the International Reading Association's Arbuthnot Award for excellence in teaching children's literature. Lee lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband.
Lawrence R. Sipe was a professor in the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education for 16 years, where he taught courses in children's and adolescent literature and conducted research on young children's responses to picturebooks. He taught in primary and elementary classrooms for six years, including a two-year stint in an isolated one-room school in the province of Newfoundland, Canada. He also was the coordinator of professional development for K-6 teachers for a school board in Newfoundland for 13 years. His Ph.D. is in Children's Literature and Emergent Literacy from Ohio State University, where he studied with Janet Hickman, who was herself a student of Charlotte Huck. His awards include Outstanding Dissertation of the Year from the International Reading Association, the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the College Reading Association, the Promising Researcher Award from the National Council of Teachers of English, and the Early Career Achievement Award from the National Reading Conference. He also won several awards for teaching, including the Teaching Excellence Award for the province of Newfoundland, the Graduate School of Education Teaching Award, and the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania. He was the North American editor of the journal Children's Literature in Education. His book, STORYTIME: YOUNG CHILDREN'S LITERARY UNDERSTANDING IN THE CLASSROOM, was published in 2008 by Teachers College Press.
Lauren Aimonette Liang is an associate professor in the College of Education at the University of Utah. She teaches courses in children's and young adult literature, including a course on international children's literature, and was awarded the University of Utah's Early Career Teaching Award in 2010. Lauren's research in children's literature and comprehension has been published in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, Journal of Children's Literature, and The Reading Teacher, as well as in both professional and practitioner books. Lauren serves on editorial boards and committees for the International Reading Association, the American Library Association, and the Literacy Research Association. She is a long-time reviewer for The Horn Book Guide and other review publications, and has served on the International Reading Association's Children's and Young Adult Book Awards committee for the past three years. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and three children under six.
Bernice E. Cullinan is known both nationally and internationally for her work in children's literature. She has written more than 30 books on literature for classroom teachers and librarians, including LITERATURE AND THE CHILD, POETRY LESSONS TO DAZZLE AND DELIGHT, and THREE VOICES: INVITATION TO POETRY ACROSS THE CURRICULUM. She also has written a book for parents, READ TO ME: RAISING KIS WHO LOVE TO READ. Dr. Cullinan is editor in chief of Wordsongthe poetry imprint of Boyds Mills Press, a Highlights for Children Companyand has collected poems written by the recipients of the National Council of Teachers of English Award for A JAR OF TINY STARS. She served as president of the International Reading Association, was inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame and The Ohio State University Hall of Fame, and selected as the recipient of the Arbuthnot Award for Outstanding Teacher of Children's Literature. Dr. Cullinan lives in New York City.