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ALA-CBC Joint Committee

ALA-CBC Joint Committee

Fostering communication and collaboration between the library and publishing communities.

The ALA-CBC Joint Committee fosters communication and collaboration on mutual opportunities, concerns, and issues regarding the content, format, distribution, and promotion of materials for children and young adults as they relate to both the library and publishing communities.

The committee creates book lists to provide guidance to librarians, parents, caregivers, and others interested in high-quality literature for children.

  • Building a Home Library provides recommendations for assembling a library for children at home
  • Reading Beyond provides books chosen for children who are reading at an advanced level
  • Other resources including our Knowledge Quest column and programming ideas for librarians.

2023 Committee Members

Publisher Group A:

Sara Merritt, Senior Marketing Director, Zonderkidz and Blink YA

Tom Reale, President & COO, Brown Books Publishing Group

Christopher Robbins, Founder and President, Familius

Mel Schuit, School & Library/Marketing Manager, The Quarto Group

Jason M. Wells, Marketing Director, Magination Press Children’s Books at American Psychological Association 

Gelsey White, Marketing Coordinator, NorthSouth Books

Andrew Wooldridge, Publisher, Orca Book Publishers

Publisher Group B:

Nicole Benevento, Children’s Library Marketing Manager, Simon & Schuster

Margaret Coffee, National Accounts Manager, Sourcebooks Children’s Books

Beth Eller, School and Library Marketing Director, Bloomsbury Publishing

Katie Halata, Library Marketing Director, Random House Children’s Books

Sabrina Montenigro, Marketing Associate, Trade Library & Educational Marketing, Scholastic

Summer Ogata, Assistant Director, School & Library Marketing, Penguin Young Readers

Mimi Rankin, School & Library Senior Marketing Manager, HarperCollins

Mary Van Akin, Director of Publicity, Macmillan Children’s Publishing

Dina Watson, Disney Worldwide Services Inc.


Only employees of member publishers are invited to serve on CBC’s vibrant committees. Are you a CBC member interested in joining a committee? Email Shaina.Birkhead@cbcbooks.org.


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