Author Anita Silvey appears at the 2010 National Book Festival. Speaker Biography: The author of "100 Best Books for Children" and "500 Great Books for Teens," Anita Silvey has devoted 35 years to promoting books that will turn young people -- and families -- into readers. To do this she has appeared on NPR, "The Today Show," "60 Minutes" and radio programs in the United States and Canada to talk about books for children and teenagers. As Publisher's Weekly has said, "It would be hard to find a more authoritative voice than Anita Silvey." As publisher of children's books for Houghton Mifflin in 1995-2001, she oversaw all the children's book and young-adult publishing for both the Houghton and Clarion lists. Silvey has also been editor of The Horn Book, viewed by many as the bible of children's literature. She is currently a member of the Editorial Board of Cricket Magazine, and she teaches Modern Book Publishing at the Simmons College Graduate School of Library Science in Boston and Children's Book Author Studies at St. Michael's College in Burlington, Vt. She lectures throughout the United States on children's books and reading. Her new book is "Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children's Book: Life Lessons from Notable People from All Walks of Life" (Roaring Brook Press).
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