As the publishing industry and librarians have realized the need for more inclusive lists and collections, the role of the reviewer has also evolved. Learn how one industry leader, Kirkus Reviews, has changed its approach to reviewing young people's literature, both with and without the diverse content, and discover ways publishers and distributors can further evolve to produce and effectively market relevant titles in a rapidly changing landscape.
Vicky Smith is children's editor of Kirkus Reviews, a position she's held for 11 years. Prior to that, she served as children's librarian and then director of an independent public library in Maine. She has served on the Newbery, Caldecott, and Sibert committees, and she is an adjunct member of the faculty of the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons University in Boston. She is also a former holder of a Guinness World Record for a team read-aloud marathon (which proves only that anyone who can read can break a world record).
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