Liz Deskins was a school librarian for thirty years, teaching at the elementary, high school, and college levels and is now an adjunct for Kent State University. She also serves as Curriculum Editor for the School Library Connection reVIEWS+ online journal, which helps to fuel her passion for writing on topics of interest to school librarians. Her first book collaboration with Christina Dorr was Linking Picture Book Biographies to National Content Standards: 200+ Lives to Explore (Libraries Unlimited 2015). Her newest book is LGBTQAI+ Books for Children and Teens: Providing a Window for All (ALA publications 2018). She just finished a third book for ALA, which will be published this fall.
Christina Dorr, Ph.D. is a life-long lover of children’s and teen literature. As a reader, writer, and “sharer of books to anyone who will listen” she’s made a 30+ year career doing what she loves. She’s an OSU graduate, school librarian, adjunct faculty at KSU, writer of books, articles, and book reviews, national speaker, and book committee member (currently serving on the 2020 Caldecott Committee). Her current two books are co-written with good friend and colleague, Lizabeth Deskins, and the book she’s writing now through American Library Association Publications is tentatively titled From Poverty to Possibility and is due out in 2020. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with family and friends, travels whenever possible, is finishing building a log home with her husband, and plays the drums (Queen songs are her favorite). Check out Christina’s website at http://www.opendorrs2books.com and follow her on Twitter at CHD2009.