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Judy Freeman is well known for her invigorating presentations and writings on children’s literature. She is a highly experienced teacher and library media specialist and one of North America’s foremost experts on strengthening reading and library programs. Judy’s popular professional books, Books Kids Will Sit Still For 3 and its companions, Books Kids Will Sit Still For and More Books Kids Will Sit Still For, have been hailed as comprehensive and indispensable resources for literature-based classrooms and libraries.

Look for her newest books, The Storyteller’s Handbook and The Story Programmer’s Handbook (ALA Editions, 2014). Judy writes children’s book reviews and columns for several online resources including “Desperate Librarians” for NoveList and “What’s New” for School Library Journal’s Curriculum Connections. She also helped to develop author James Patterson’s website, winner of the first annual Innovations in Reading Prize from the National Book Foundation in 2009. An adjunct professor at Pratt Institute in New York City, Judy is also a frequent presenter at workshops, schools and conferences worldwide. She served as a member of the 2000 Newbery Committee, the 2008 Sibert Informational Book Award Committee and the 2014 Caldecott Committee.

What Your Colleagues Say About Your Presenter

Judy Freeman inspires me to want to be a better librarian! Every time I attend her seminar, I come out feeling invigorated!”
– Stephanie Finnegan, Library Media Specialist

“Judy never disappoints. She is full of useful and applicable information about books and reading. Hope to attend again next year!”
– Kristy Bumpus, Speech Therapist

Thank you for so many good books to share. Your knowledge and passion is inspiring. I can’t wait to get back to share these books with my students.”
– Rose Butler, Librarian

“Judy Freeman is extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. How wonderful to leave a seminar with many new ideas to use in the classroom immediately!”
– Anna Gail Justice, 3rd Grade Teacher

A fantastic day! As a first year librarian, I felt like a kid in a candy store! Thank you for your enthusiasm and plethora of knowledge.”
– Melissa Urban, Librarian

“Great ideas and excellent for school librarians and teachers. Thank you so much!”
– Donna Woid, Librarian

“Judy has energy and knowledge that is contagious, uplifting and inspiring. Thank you!”
– Kathryn Douge, District Librarian

Judy Freeman is a fun and creative presenter! The handbook is as valuable as gold to librarians and teachers. Thank you!”
– Amelia Herring, Head Librarian

“Judy is AMAZING! She is one of the most dynamic, enthusiastic, infectious people I’ve ever met. I have so many great ideas from this seminar to use immediately with my students.”
– Shannon Richardson, Librarian

Thank you for all the book recommendations! I look forward to using them in my classroom and sharing them with other teachers.”
– Melissa Gresham, English Teacher

Best presentation I’ve ever attended! Judy focused on the enjoyment of books and reading while effortlessly incorporating learning objectives. The time flew by!”
– Jennifer Baptiste, Librarian

“Very practical and easy-to-incorporate ideas for my library program. I’m so excited about all the new books!
– Leigh Ann DeLuna, K-5 Librarian

Absolutely wonderful! This seminar enables me to purchase and use the very best titles to inspire reading. Thank you!”
– Barbara Ott-Slaven, Librarian