Reading and Language Arts
Susannah Richards is an Associate Professor of Reading and Language Arts & Children’s and Young Adult Literature at Eastern Connecticut State University. She is a member of the 2013 Newbery Committee.
Toni Buzzeo is the New York Times bestselling author of 17 children’s picture books as well as a certified school librarian. Before the publishing of picture books stole away her heart, she was the enthusiastic librarian at Longfellow School, among others, in Portland, Maine and the 1999 Maine School Library Media Specialist of the Year.
Public Libraries & New Media
Justin Hoenke is a teen librarian and video gaming enthusiast who has written about these subjects for publications such as Library Journal, VOYA, and is a regular contributor for the blog Tame The Web. Justin is a member of the 2010 ALA Emerging Leaders class and and a MLIS graduate of the Department of Library Science at the Clarion University of Pennsylvania. He is currently the Teen Librarian at the Portland (ME) Public Library, where he is responsible for teen collection development and programming as well as overseeing the video game and graphic novel collection for the library system. His professional interests include video gaming in libraries, teen librarianship, creating local collections, and community building. Follow Justin on Twitter at @justinlibrarian
Race & Culture
Anne Sibley O’Brien is an acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator honored with the National Education Association Author-Illustrator Human & Civil Rights Award, adviser on race and culture in children’s literature, and blogger at Coloring Between the Lines: reflections on race, culture and children’s books.
Print Media & Programming
Cindy Barnes, the Sales and Marketing guru at a community newspaper, is a Certified Media Specialist formally running insanely wonderful reading initiatives at Endeavor Elementary School in Orlando FL. Her favorite holiday is “Speak Like A Pirate Day,” she loves any excuse to dress up or read out loud, and her alter ego is Harriet the Spy.
Literacy & Music
Michael Whittaker is a connectivist who, for over thirty years has created and inspired alternative delivery systems of cultural literacy to various youth constituencies and sub-cultures. His pioneering work with artists as diverse as: Sonic Youth, Sarah Brightman, Sting, Black Flag and countless others has won Whittaker international acclaim as both an innovator and iconoclast.
NASHBOX, the creator of the Curious City DPW logo and adviser on concept, is a graphic design studio with an expertise in branding, print and media design. NASHBOX has a flair for fun, an eye for the eclectic, and a passion for high quality design that serves our clients best. NASHBOX cherishes curiosity, delights in collaboration, and strives for artful, straightforward communication.
Editorial & Audiobooks
Jennifer Dowell is the editor of AudioFile Magazine, the bold copy editor of Curious City materials, and an adviser on children’s and young adult audio.