Reviewer position

 Book reviewer extra help staff position

The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, one of the nation’s premier children’s literature review journals, is seeking new reviewers. The Bulletin, published monthly except for August, is housed within the School of Information Sciences at the university. Its primary audience is public and school librarians, for whom it serves as a collection development tool by reviewing approximately 1000 new books for youth annually ranging from picture books up through young adult.

Reviewers write between 4-15 reviews monthly, ranging from 150-300 words, and attend virtual meetings on most Wednesday mornings at 9 AM CT. You can view a sample issue at (no login necessary).


Bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably with a focus on writing or on youth

Experience with writing about books

Interest in youth literature, youth education, and/or youth media

Interest in inclusive representation in youth literature

High level of writing skill

Ability to meet deadlines


Master’s in LIS, English, or Education

Experience as a library or educational practitioner

Experience as a book reviewer

Position is extra help @$20 per hour.

Please submit resume and cover letter along with a recent writing sample (no older than two years old) to the editor, Kate Quealy-Gainer at While this is an ongoing search, apply before January 15, 2023 for best consideration.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (