Barbara Elleman is a writer, critic, educator, and editor. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh and a Master's Degree in Library Science from the University of Denver. Following her work as media specialist in various high schools, junior highs, and elementary schools and as children's librarian in a public library, she became a reviewer, and then editor of the Children's Section of the American Library Association's Booklist Magazine.
In 1990, Barbara Elleman created and was named editor-and-chief of Book Links: Connecting Books, Libraries, and Classrooms - a professional journal featuring high-quality children's books brought together in thematic groupings. Upon her retirement from ALA in 1996, she was named Distinguished Scholar of Children's Literature at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While there, she also curated the exhibit: "Virginia Lee Burton - Artist and Illustrator" for the Haggerty Museum.
Barbara has served on numerous advisory boards and committees including NCTE, Reading Rainbow, IBBY, ALA, the Beatrix Potter Society and has written essays and articles for such publications as School Library Journal, The Horn Book, Elementary English, Library Trends, and American Libraries.
A published author, Barbara wrote Tomie dePaola, His Art and His Stories (Putnam, 1999); Holiday House: Its First 65 Years (Holiday House, 2000); and Virginia Lee Burton: A Life in Art (Houghton, 2002). She also contributed a profile of Virginia Lee Burton for Mike Mulligan and More (Houghton, 2002) and of Steven Kellogg for his Pinkerton & Friends (Dial, 2004).
A trustee for the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Barbara donated her several thousand children's book professional collection to the Carle; it was recently dedicated as the Barbara Elleman Research Library.
The recipient of the Jeremiah Ludington Award in 1996, Barbara also received the Hope S. Dean Award that year - both for outstanding contribution to the field of children's literature.