Writer, Lecturer, Teacher
The author of 100 Best Books for Children and 500 Great Books for Teens, Anita Silvey has devoted 35 years to promoting books that will turn the young — and families — into readers.
In a unique career in the children's book field, Silvey has divided her time equally between publishing and evaluating children's books. But her lifelong conviction that "only the very best of anything can be good enough for the young" forms the cornerstone of all of her work. Silvey served for 11 years as editor-in-chief of The Horn Book Magazine. As editor of Horn Book, she read several thousand books a year, hunting for those of exceptional quality that children return to again and again. In this capacity, she lectured throughout the United States and Canada. She moderated National Public Radio's "The Horn Book Radio Reviews" and has appeared frequently on radio and television. As publisher of children's books for Houghton Mifflin Company from 1995-2001, she oversaw all the children's book and young adult publishing for both the Houghton and Clarion lists.
Currently a member of the editorial board of Cricket Magazine and the board of directors for the Vermont Center for the Book, she teaches book publishing at the Simmons GSLIS, children's book publishing in the Simmons Children's Literature Program, and children's book author studies at St. Michael's College in Burlington, VT. She also served as the literature consultant for the 2009 Houghton Mifflin Reading series.
Lecturer in LIS 420 - Book Publishing and Librarianship