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Thank you for making CLCD part of your week through Read & Shine, our brand-new newsletter and online resource for all things children’s and YA books and libraries. We hope that you enjoy opening these as much as we enjoy creating them.

If you like professionally developed, unbiased, reading related content including themed reading lists, award highlights, author/illustrator interviews, feature articles, and more then you will love Read & Shine where there is something for everyone. Librarians will have a reliable resource for collection development and reader’s advisory free of marketing influence by publishers and booksellers.

Teachers can find themed reading lists that they can connect to their curriculum in the classroom. Parents will have a place to turn when they are looking for the “just right” title for their child while students will have a resource for award winning literature.

Thank you for taking this journey and we hope you will wake up to Read & Shine with us every week!

Read & Shine Editors

Shelley Oakley
Shelley’s love for children’s books and libraries began as a child, when she used to make due date cards and sleeves for her personal collection of books. By the sixth grade she was helping the school librarian and by college she spent all four years as a library work-study employee. While and after pursuing her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Shelley has spent her career working with all ages as an elementary school tutor, adult ed/GED instructor, ESL tutor, school media specialist, public services librarian, head of library programming, and as curriculum librarian at a university. She also contributes book reviews for Children’s Literature and recently co-authored See Me Shine: Developing Character Through Books for Children Ages 3-6. Her favorite tasks as a librarian are collection management and readers’ advisory. Shelley serves as contributor, technical writer, and social media content writer for CLCD, LLC.

Her loves include her husband, daughter, West Highland terrier, salsa music, movies, and of course reading, mostly children’s literature.

Betsy Davison

Betsy is a professional librarian with over 10 years experience as a School Library Media Specialist, Youth Services Librarian, Academic Librarian and even a brief stint as a Medical Librarian. Aside from her role at CLCD contributing themed lists and newsletter features, she spends her time caring for and reading to her two-year old daughter, Gertrude and infant son, Leo.

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