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Listing of individuals who are working on the Recommended Literature List.

The Recommended Literature: Prekindergarten through Grade Twelve (Recommended Literature List) is curated by a team composed of educators and school library staff. Below is a list of all current team members.

California Department of Education (CDE) Steering Committee

  • Monique McWayne, Director, Educator Excellence and Equity Division
  • Julia Agostinelli, Education Administrator, Professional Learning Innovations Office
  • Jennifer Howerter, Education Programs Consultant, Professional Learning Innovations Office
  • Renée Ousley-Swank, School Library Technology Consultant, Curriculum Frameworks Office

Working Committee

  • Dana Adams, District Library Media Teacher, Healdsburg Unified School District
  • Jolynn Asato, Lecturer, San Jose State University (SJSU)
  • Amber Barron, Teacher Librarian, West Contra Costa Unified School District
  • Erin Blad-Johnson, Library Media Specialist, Lawndale Elementary School District
  • Kory Bootsma, District Librarian, Val Verde Unified School District
  • Kate Bowen, Elementary Curriculum Specialist, California History-Social Science Project
  • Jenean Bray, English Language Arts/English Language Development (ELA/ELD) Curriculum Specialist, Tulare County Office of Education
  • Allison Briceno, Associate Professor, SJSU
  • Katie McNamara, Teacher Libarian, Kern High School District; Program Director, Fresno Pacific University
  • Sara Mederos, Teacher, Ridgeview Middle School
  • MaryRose Monney, Librarian of Record, Butte County Office of Education
  • Tina Nelson, School Library Services Coordinator, San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE)
  • Maria Petropulos, Library Coordinator, Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
  • Nicole Piscionere, Teacher Librarian, Santa Clara Unified School District
  • Victor Portillo, ELA/ELD Dual Language Instruction Administrator, Riverside County Office of Education
  • Erin Roberts, ELA/ELD Coordinator, Contra Costa County Office of Education
  • Nancy Rogers-Zegarra, Editor for The California Reader
  • Stacey Roozeboom, Instructional Coach, Chaffey High School
  • Jenn Roush, Teacher Librarian, Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District
  • Deborah Salyer, Implementation Specialist, TeachingBooks
  • Megan Segle, Kindergarten through Grade 12 Online Resources Program Analyst, California State Library
  • Shelly Stevenson, Teacher Librarian, Kern High School District
  • Amanda Turkie, Coordinator of School Library Services, Santa Clara County Office of Education
  • Kelly Villalobos, English Language Development Teacher, Turlock Unified School District
  • Janet Wile, Supervisor of Library Services, Central Unified School District

Special appreciation is extended to the following individuals for their contributions:

  • Kate MacMillan, Coordinator of Library Services, Napa Valley Unified School District

Other CDE staff members who contributed to this effort are:

  • Laurie Duresky, Senior Programmer Analyst Specialist, Application Development and Maintenance Office

Previous Members from 2018 Updates to the Present

We thank these team members for contributing their expertise and hard work to past updates of the Recommended Literature List.

  • Kimberly Biddle, Emeritus Faculty, California State University, Sacramento (CSUS)
  • Shana Brown, Teacher, Alta-Dutch Flat School
  • JaNay Brown-Wood, Professor of Child and Adolescent Development, CSUS
  • Diana Conner, Library Media Teacher, Sequoia Elementary and Middle Schools
  • Gwenn Lei, Reading-Language Arts/History-Social Science Coordinator, SMCOE
  • Elsa Ouvrard-Prettol, Library and Media Instructor, Natomas Charter School
  • Andrea Oshima, Library Media Technician, Carlsbad Unified School District
  • Alise Paillard, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Global

2016 Working Committee Acknowledgments

Recommended Literature: Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve Merge and Update Committee (2012) Acknowledgments

Literature for History/Social Science and Visual and Performing Arts Literature List Committee (2008) Acknowledgments

Science and Mathematics Literature List Committee (2002 and 2006) Acknowledgments

Recommended Literature: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve List Committee (2001 and 2004) Acknowledgments

Questions:   Literature List Staff | | 916-323-6269
Last Reviewed: Thursday, October 26, 2023
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