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.
2020 Committee Members
April Roy (Co-Chair) Director of the Plaza Library and Branch Based Programs, Kansas City Public Library
Janet Wong (Co-Chair) Editor and Publisher, Pomelo Books
Amanda Acevedo (CBC Representative) Marketing Manager for School & Library, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Margaret Coffee (CBC Representative) National Accounts Manager, Sourcebooks
Kelly Depin (ALA Representative) Library Director, Whelden Memorial Library
Beth Eller (CBC Representative) School and Library Marketing Director, Bloomsbury USA
Gillian Engberg (CBC Representative) Partnership Director, Readers to Eaters
Jenna Friebel (ALA Representative) Collection Management Librarian, Oak Park Public Library
Rachel Guthro (ALA Representative)
Susan Kusel (ALA Member) Librarian, Temple Rodef Shalom Library
Emily Heddleson (CBC Representative) Senior Manager, Library & Educational Marketing, Scholastic
Esmeralda Majors (ALA Member) Librarian, Creighton Elementary
Amanda Perez (ALA Member) Library Director, Upper Skagit Library District
Lisa Racine (Committee Associate, ALA Member) Youth Services Librarian, Kitsap Regional Library
John Scott (ALA Member) Lower School Librarian, Friends School of Baltimore
Mary Van Akin (CBC Representative) Director of Publicity, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
Rachel Wease (CBC Representative) School and Library Marketing Assistant Manager, Penguin Young Readers
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.