About the Author
Kathleen Odean has been a children’s librarian for seventeen years in schools and public libraries. She is chair of the 2002 Newbery Award Committee and previously served on the Caldecott Award Committee and the American Library Associations’s Notable Children’s Books Committee. She is also a contributing editor for Book: The Magazine for the Reading Life. Her two other guides to children’s books are Great Books for Girls: More than 600 Books to Inspire Today’s Girls and Tomorrow’s Women and Great Books for Boys: More than 600 Books for Boys 2 to 14.