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Uniquely Qualified Instructor

Judy Freeman (www.JudyReadsBooks.com) is well known for her invigorating presentations and writings on children’s literature. She is a highly experienced teacher, library media specialist and one of North America’s foremost experts on strengthening reading and library programs. Look for her books, The Handbook for Storytellers and The Handbook for Storytime Programs (ALA Editions, 2015), as well as The 2017 Winners! Handbook: A Closer Look at Judy Freeman’s Top-Rated Children’s Books of 2017 (available exclusively from Bound to Stay Bound Books; www.btsb.com).

Judy is 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

Always a fun seminar! Judy has so many terrific ideas for using books - I love the pairings she makes. The resource handbook is the best tool for a school librarian!”
- Nancy Farwell, Librarian

One of the best seminars on children’s literature I’ve ever attended! I am leaving with many new tools for my librarian’s toolkit and a long list of books to share with my students.”
- Katrina Hill, Librarian

Excellent seminar! Judy has a knack for finding true gems in children’s literature. She does it year after year, and as a librarian, I rely on and trust her to recommend the best, new books for our school.”
- Rene Steven, Elementary Librarian

This is an awesome seminar! Thank you for increasing my love and knowledge for children’s literature. So many new books to read - I can’t wait!”
- Dana Towberman, Elementary Librarian

Very engaging and high quality! Judy is such a valuable resource!”
- Lauren Weir, Librarian

Judy is as entertaining as she is informative. She gave great ideas and ways to use the books.”
- Lisa Rourke, Reading Specialist

“A wonderful day, as always! Judy is such an inspiration! Her ideas and book selections keep me going throughout the school year. Thank you!”
- Anne Paulson, District Librarian

“Judy Freeman is an artist, musician, writer, and an amazing resource! She is entertaining and enthusiastic - all for the love of books!”
- Lisa DeWitt, Title I Reading Coordinator

Every teacher should attend! Teachers never have time to look at all the children’s books available. I now have my read-aloud list for next year because Judy gave us the best in one day!”
- Cindy Baker, Classroom Teacher

So inspiring! Judy is very passionate about books and reading!”
- Emilie Green, 5th Grade Teacher

Great seminar! I love Judy’s energy and excitement for literature. I’m rejuvenated and ready to use these books with my students.”
- Shannon Ressler, Media Specialist