Kathleen T. Horning to deliver 2010 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture

Contacts: Macey Morales/Jennifer Petersen

ALA Media Relations


For Immediate Release

January 26, 2009

DENVER – Kathleen T. Horning, director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC), will deliver the 2010 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. The announcement was made by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) during the 2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver.

“I am struck by the clarity of Horning’s thought processes as well as her ability to express those thoughts gracefully,” stated Arbuthnot Committee Chair Kristi Jemtegaard. “She will make a distinguished addition to the already distinguished list of Arbuthnot Lecturers.”

Three threads clearly run through Horning’s long and distinguished career: freedom to read and open access to information for young people; the continued struggle to produce a body of authentically multicultural literature for young people in the United States; and the need to provide clear practical training for both new and experienced librarians, especially with regard to evaluating (and setting high standards for) literature for young people.

As director of the CCBC, Horning coordinates a non-circulating examination, study, and research library for books, ideas, and expertise in the field of children's and young adult literature. In addition to her work with CCBC, Horning is a reviewer, lecturer, and author of books on evaluating and understanding youth literature. She is the author of
From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books, which
School Library Journal called “an excellent guide to analyzing books.” Horning is the immediate past-president of ALSC and a past president of the United States Board on Books for Young People. She holds a B.A. in Linguistics and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The lecturer, announced annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, may be an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature, of any country, who shall prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature. This paper is delivered as a lecture each April, and is subsequently published in Children and Libraries, the journal of ALSC. Once the name is made public, institutions wishing to host the lecture may apply. A library school, department of education in a college or university, or a public library system may be considered. Applications to host the 2008 lecture will be available online from ALSC at
www.ala.org/alsc this spring.

Members of the Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Committee are: Chair Kristi Jemtegaard, Arlington (Va.) Public Library; Marian Creamer, Children’s Literature Alive, Portland, Ore.; Peter Howard, Louisville (Ky.) Free Public Library;
Joyce Laiosa, Voorheesville (N.Y.) Public Library; and Lauren Liang, University of Utah.

ALSC is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,200 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit their Web site at

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