Children’s Literature Committee
Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Development
California State University, Sacramento
JaNay Brown-Wood, PhD is an award-winning author and educator.
Her first picture book Imani’s Moon won the NAESP Children’s Book of the Year Award, was a Northern CA ACL 2014 Distinguished Book, as well as a “NYC Reads 365” pick and a RIF Multicultural Book pick.
Her second book Grandma’s Tiny House: A Counting Story received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, was a Bank Street Books Best book of 2018, and won the CELI Read Aloud Book Award through the University of Mississippi.
She has published several poems, including her poem Falling Leaves, which was included in the poetry anthology Thanku: Poems of Gratitude (Lerner/Millbrook, Fall 2019). JaNay has eight forthcoming picture books including Shhh! The Baby’s Asleep (2021) and the Where in the Garden four-picture-book series (2021-22). JaNay has served as a mentor in the #WeNeedDiverseBooks mentorship program and has been a faculty member at several SCBWI conferences.
Lester L. Laminack
Western Carolina University
Lester L. Laminack, Western Carolina University Professor Emeritus, travels the country, working with educators on best practices in literacy instruction.
He is the creator of The Ultimate Read-Aloud Collection, six read-aloud libraries, grades K–5, with lessons to engage students in deep thinking about fiction and nonfiction books—every week of the school year. His professional books include Cracking Open the Author’s Craft, Teaching the Art of Writing, and Writers Are Readers: Flipping Reading Instruction Into Writing Opportunities.
Lester is also the author of several children’s books including: The Sunsets of Miss Olivia Wiggins, Trevor’s Wiggly-Wobbly Tooth, Saturdays and Tea Cakes, Jake’s 100th Day of School, Snow Day!, and Three Hens and a Peacock a Children’s Choice K-2 Book of the Year.
In addition, he has several articles published in journals such as The Reading Teacher, Science and Children, Language Arts, Primary Voices, and Young Children.
Doctora Julia López-Robertson
Professor of Language and Literacy
Department of Instruction and Teacher Education
University of South Carolina
Doctora Julia López-Robertson, a former early childhood bilingual classroom teacher, has focused her research on the intersections among language, race, ethnicity, and culture as they relate to the teaching and learning of English Language Learners and in preparing teachers for diverse classrooms.
Doctora López-Robertson’s scholarly agenda is built on a commitment to working with children, families, teachers, and preservice teachers in public schools, universities, and communities for the purpose of advancing understandings about emerging bilingual/multilingual students and their families and on the transformation of teacher education to support equitable teaching for all children, particularly English Language Learners.
Doctora López-Robertson’s research has been published in leading national and international journals: Language Arts, Bilingual Research Journal, Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, Early Childhood Education Journal, Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal and Innovations in Language Learning and Teaching Journal.
Marie Clay Endowed Chair in Reading Recovery and Early Literacy
The Ohio State University
Lisa Pinkerton, is the Marie Clay Endowed Chair in Reading Recovery & Early Literacy at The Ohio State University.
She is also a Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative Trainer. Lisa has served on the United States Hans Christian Andersen Award committee, as well as on NCTE’s Excellence in Poetry for Children committee. She is an avid book reader and book pusher, and she wrote the chapter on Interactive Read Aloud in Scholastic’s Responsive Literacy: A Comprehensive Framework.
Lisa loves teaching children’s and young adult literature courses, and she is a contributing author to Charlotte Huck’s Children’s Literature: A Brief Guide (3rd edition).