Bio: I have been reading and evaluating children's and YA books for more years than I care to count. I have published a Best of the Year list since the early 1990s for parents and teachers to get the word out on not only noteworthy books but books kids will love to read. I realize now that a once-a-year list is old school (pun intended). I want to share with you the books I am reading all across the year to pique your interest regularly. Truly, there are SO many terrific books. Why wait to talk about them? I am currently Professor at James Madison University in Reading, have served on a number of ALA committees (Newbery, Caldecott, Odyssey, and Carnegie), am serving on IRA's Teachers' Choices program and have played an integral part in the Virginia Readers' Choice program. Books are my life.