Sondra Eklund is standing for the 2019 Newbery Committee.
Here's why you should give her your vote.
I love children's books.
As a kid, as a big sister, as a mom, and as a librarian, children's books have always had an important place in my heart.
I took a Children's Literature class in college, even though it wasn't required for Math majors.
Long before I became a librarian, I subscribed to Horn Book Magazine and read each issue cover to cover.
I've been reviewing books here on Sonderbooks.com since 2001, covering more than 3,000 books, of all ages and genres, but with a special emphasis on children's books.
I got my MLIS from Drexel University in 2007.
I'm currently Youth Services Manager at City of Fairfax Regional Library, a large public library in Northern Virginia.
I'm a member of the American Library Association (ALA), the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the Public Library Association (PLA), and the Virginia Library Association (VLA).
I've been trained in book evaluation.
I applied three times until I was accepted to attend the Invitational Bill Morris Seminar on Book Evaluation in 2012, a seminar run by ALSC to train future committee members.
I've taken the online classes ALSC offers on the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, and the class from YALSA on the Printz Award.
I avidly follow the Heavy Medal blog and have learned much about how the Newbery committee works from the moderators.
I've worked on ALSC committees.
I was a member of the Children and Technology Committee from 2011 to 2013.
I was a member of the Grants Administration Committee from 2013 to 2015.
I chaired the Grants Administration Committee for the year 2015 to 2016.
I have experience on award committees.
I've been a member since 2012 of Capitol Choices, a DC-area group that chooses 100 of the best children's and young adult books of the year each year. The group operates using the same rules of book discussion as the ALSC committees use.
I've been a judge for the Cybils Awards (Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards) since 2012:
First round Elementary and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction the years from 2012 to 2013,
Second round Elementary and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction for 2014,
First round Fiction Picture Books in 2015,
First round Young Adult Speculative Fiction in 2016.
Both rounds use panels of seven people to select winners.
The first round panel reads a large number of books and selects Finalists.
The second round panel chooses one winner from the Finalists.
I want this so much!
I'm so proud to be a librarian and a member of ALSC, the group that chooses the most awesome award in the world!
Please help make my dream come true and give me your vote!
I will take the charge very seriously and work hard to help find the most distinguished children's book published in 2018.