Board of Advisors

Public Library Children’s Programming
Jennifer H. Beach, Children’s Programmer, Certified Professional Environmental Educator, Kenton County Public Library, Erlanger, KY. Jennifer is a contributing editor at STAR_net where she writes about library programming.

Public Library Youth Services
Jonathan Dolce, Branch Supervisor, Astor County Library and contributing blogger for ALSC where he writes all about library services for youth. Jonathan has been serving youth in Central Florida libraries since 2002, though he did take two years out to be a mountaintop goat farmer in Puerto Rico, but that’s another story.

School Library Media Specialist
Suzanne Costner, School Library Media Specialist, Fairview Elementary School Maryville, TN.  Suzanne celebrates children’s literature at Fairview Review.

Race & Culture
Anne Sibley O’Brien is an acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator honored with the National Education Association Author-Illustrator Human & Civil Rights Award, adviser on race and culture in children’s literature, and blogger at Coloring Between the Lines: reflections on race, culture and children’s books.

Editorial & Audiobooks
Jennifer Dowell is the editor of AudioFile Magazine, the bold copy editor of Curious City materials, and an adviser on children’s and young adult audio.  (Any errors found on this website or in our publications is a clear indication that we failed to ask her to proof that particular item!)




Public Libraries & New Media
Justin Hoenke is a teen librarian and video gaming enthusiast who has written about these subjects for publications such as Library JournalVOYA, and is a regular contributor for the blog Tame The Web. Justin is a member of the 2010 ALA Emerging Leaders class and was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in March 2013. Justin is currently the Teen Librarian at the Chattanooga Public Library in Chattanooga, TN. His professional interests include video gaming in libraries, teen librarianship, creating local collections, and community building. Follow Justin on Twitter at @justinlibrarian and read his blog a

School Libraries
Toni Buzzeo is the New York Times bestselling author of 17 children’s picture books as well as a certified school librarian. Before the publishing of picture books stole away her heart, she was the enthusiastic librarian at Longfellow School, among others, in Portland, Maine and the 1999 Maine School Library Media Specialist of the Year.

Reading and Language Arts
Susannah Richards is an Associate Professor of Reading and Language Arts & Children’s and Young Adult Literature at Eastern Connecticut State University.  She is a member of the 2013 Newbery Committee.

Print Media & Programming
Cindy Barnes, the Sales and Marketing guru at a community newspaper, is a Certified Media Specialist formally running insanely wonderful reading initiatives at Endeavor Elementary School in Orlando FL.  Her favorite holiday is “Speak Like A Pirate Day,” she loves any excuse to dress up or read out loud, and her alter ego is Harriet the Spy.

Literacy & Music
Michael Whittaker is a connectivist who, for over thirty years has created and inspired alternative delivery systems of cultural literacy to various youth constituencies and sub-cultures.  His pioneering work with artists as diverse as: Sonic Youth, Sarah Brightman, Sting, Black Flag and countless others has won Whittaker international acclaim as both an innovator and iconoclast.

Children’s Media
NASHBOX, the creator of the Curious City DPW logo and adviser on concept, is a graphic design studio with an expertise in branding, print and media design. NASHBOX has a flair for fun, an eye for the eclectic, and a passion for high quality design that serves our clients best. NASHBOX cherishes curiosity, delights in collaboration, and strives for artful, straightforward communication.