Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada
Ms. Pelayo-Lozado is a former Young Readers Librarian and the current Adult Services Assistant
Manager at Palos Verdes Library District in California. She is currently an American Library Association
(ALA) Executive Board Member and Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Librarians
Association (APALA). She has served on multiple Asian Pacific American Awards for Literature in
Picture Book, Youth, and Young Adult literature committees. In 2012, Lessa co-authored the book,
Hawaiians in Los Angeles, from Arcadia Publishing. She graduated with her MLIS from UCLA in 2009.
Dr. Darwin Henderson, Ed.D.
Dr. Henderson is a professor emeritus of Education at the University of Cincinnati where he
holds a joint appointment in Early Childhood Education and Literacy. His research interests
lie in 20th century African American writers and illustrators of literature for children and
youth. He is a former Chair of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Coretta Scott King
Book Award jury, a member of the Notable Children’s Books Committee, and the Laura Ingalls
Wilder Committee of ALA’s Association for Library Services Advisory Board. He has served on
the board of the Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature, at Kent State
Dr. Naomi Caldwell, Ph.D.
Dr. Caldwell holds a PhD in Information Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh.
She is a past-president and secretary of AILA and has served on numerous ALA
committees including ALA Council. Dr. Caldwell is best known for her critical evaluations
on the portrayal of indigenous peoples in media for youth and is a founding member of
the Youth Literature Award Committee of the American Indian Library Association. She is
dedicated to the notion that indigenous people are well able to tell their own stories and
their world view is valid. She is an associate professor and Coordinator of the Library
Education Media online Program, Alabama State University.
Dr. Sujin B.E. Huggins, Ph.D.
Dr. Huggins is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Studies at Dominican University, River Forest, IL. Among many professional associations, she is a member of the American Library Association (ALA), the International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL) and the United States Board of Books for Young People (USBBY). Her research interests include children’s literature of the Caribbean with specialization in children’s literature of Trinidad and Tobago.
Katherine F. Goodwin
Katharine Goodwin is a retired K-8 district librarian and middle school language arts
teacher. She taught Literature for Children in the Library Media Teacher program for
Sacramento State University, has served on the California Recommended Literature:
Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve committee, and was a 2016 recipient of the
Margaret Lynch Exemplary Service Award given by The California Reading Association.
She is the author of In Search of Cinderella: A curriculum for the 21st Century. Degrees
include a BA and MA from St. Bonaventure University, an MBA from Golden Gate
University, as well as teaching and LMT credentials from National University and
California State University, Sacramento.
Lettycia Terrones is a PhD student in Information Sciences and Latina/o Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she researches picturebooks and children's literature by and about Latina/o/x peoples. Lettycia is a member of ALSC and REFORMA's Children's & Young Adult Services Committee (CAYASC). Lettycia also serves on the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award committee and reviews for The Horn Book Magazine. Her book chapter, "Praxis of Refusal: Self-Fashioning and Throwing Attitude in The First Rule of Punk," will be included in Nerds, Goths, Geeks, and Freaks: Outsiders in Chican@/Latin@ Young Adult Literature, an edited volume by Trevor Boffone and Cristina Herrera, forthcoming with University Press of Mississippi.