Editorial & Advisory Boards

Our Editorial Board provides input and guidance as we work with our nonprofit partners and their communities around the world to develop a set of children’s books about endangered species.  The Editorial Board consist of individuals with expertise in children’s literature: successful children’s book authors and illustrators, professors of writing and children’s literature, children’s book publishers and editors, and professional educators and librarians.

Editorial Board Members

Dr. Marah Jean Gubar is the Director of the Children’s Literature Program and an Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh.  Her book  Artful Dodgers: Reconceiving the Golden Age of Children’s Literature was chosen as a Times Higher Education Book of the Week.  Among the honors she has earned is a University of Pittsburgh Innovation in Education Award and a Children’s Literature Association Award. 

Ann Marshall is an experienced children’s book illustrator.  Ms.  Marshall illustrated Luba: The Angel of Bergen-Belsen, an award winning children’s book about the Holocaust – 2004 Once Upon a World Book Award; Jane Adams Honor Book; Louis Posner Memorial Award ; Notable Book for a Global Society; Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for Children’s Literature; and Reading Rainbow Book Selection. 

Dr. Julia Mickenberg is Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Texas, Austin.  Dr. Mickenberg is the author of Learning from the Left: Children’s Literature, The Cold War, and Radical Politics in the United States, which has won multiple awards, including the Children’s Literature Association’s Book Award.  She recently co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Children’s Literature. 

Dr. Yvonne Siu-Runyan is Professor Emerita at the University of Northern Colorado and is a member of the Presidential team for the National Council of Teachers of English.  Dr. Siu-Runyan proposed and orchestrated the first Notable Books for a Global Society list given out by the International Reading Association. 

David Soman is the author and illustrator of a number of best-selling children’s books, including the New York Times bestseller Ladybug Girl.  Mr. Soman also teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. 

Bruce Van Patter has dedicated his career to teaching creative writing, having spoken in more than 200 schools and universities.  Mr. Van Patter is also a professional illustrator.  During his successful career, his clients have included McDonald’s, Scholastic, Crayola, Children’s Television Workshop, the Nature Conservancy, the U.S.  Fish and Wildlife Service, and several publishing companies.  Mr. Van Patter has also authored three children’s books and illustrated a number of others.  We are using a number of Mr. Van Patter’s creative writing workshop materials as we help generate educational content in our partner communities around the world.

Our Research Assistants

Natalie, Preston, Lauren, Quincey, and Storrie have all been instrumental in helping make this project a success through research and task management.