About Our Staff

quill-pen-paperCurrent Bulletin Reviewers

Deborah Stevenson, Editor (DS)
Deborah Stevenson has been with the Bulletin since 1989 and has held the position of Editor since 2001. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Chicago, where she wrote her dissertation on children’s literature and contemporary culture. She has taught children’s literature at Indiana University Northwest and in the continuing education program at the University of Chicago, and she now teaches as an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois. Her articles have appeared in the Horn Book Magazine, The Lion and the Unicorn, and the Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, and she is a senior editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature. She is also the co-author, with Betsy Hearne, of Choosing Books for Children: A Commonsense Guide.

Elizabeth Bush, Reviewer (EB)
Elizabeth Bush has received a BA degree from Roosevelt University, a MA degree from Governors State University, and a MLS degree from Rosary College. She has been a librarian within Archdiocese of Chicago for over 16 years and currently works as a school librarian at St. Damian School (K-8) in Oak Forest, Illinois. After reviewing for Booklist she came to the Bulletin, where she has been a reviewer for ten years. She has also taught at the School of Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and she has served as a judge for the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature.

Karen Coats, Reviewer (KC)
Karen Coats is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Illinois State University. She holds a PhD in Human Sciences from The George Washington University, where she studied critical and cultural theory across multiple disciplines of the humanities and social sciences, and focused her research on children’s literature and culture. She also holds a BA and an MA in English from Virginia Tech, and she has taught English in junior high and high schools in both Virginia and North Carolina. Her articles have appeared in Children’s Literature, Pedagogy, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, Bookbird, and Paradoxa, and she is the author of a book from the University of Iowa Press entitled Looking Glasses and Neverlands: Lacan, Desire, and Subjectivity in Children’s Literature.

Kate Quealy-Gainer, Assistant Editor (KQG)
Kate Quealy-Gainer received her┬ámaster’s degree in Information Science from the University of Illinois with a specialization in Youth Services from the University of Illinois. After reviewing for the Bulletin while completing her degree, she joined the staff as Assistant Editor in the summer of 2009. She’s chaired the Gryphon Award committee for several years now, is responsible for the production of our annual Guide Book to Gift Books, and teaches a reviewing class for the iSchool in the summers.

April Spisak, Reviewer (AS)
April Spisak received her master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, winning the 2002 Alice Lohrer Award for Literature and Library Services. She has worked as a youth services librarian at Clark County Public Library, and she is currently a doctoral student at GSLIS.

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Samantha Greenfield is currently the Bulletin’s editorial assistant. She is pursuing a master’s degree in Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.