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Thank you for making CLCD part of your week through Read & Shine, our brand-new newsletter and online resource for all things children’s and YA books and libraries. We hope that you enjoy opening these as much as we enjoy creating them.

If you like professionally developed, unbiased, reading related content including themed reading lists, award highlights, author/illustrator interviews, feature articles, and more then you will love Read & Shine where there is something for everyone. Librarians will have a reliable resource for collection development and reader’s advisory free of marketing influence by publishers and booksellers.

Teachers can find themed reading lists that they can connect to their curriculum in the classroom. Parents will have a place to turn when they are looking for the “just right” title for their child while students will have a resource for award winning literature.

Thank you for taking this journey and we hope you will wake up to Read & Shine with us every week!

Read & Shine Editors

Shelley Oakley
Shelley’s love for children’s books and libraries began as a child, when she used to make due date cards and sleeves for her personal collection of books. By the sixth grade she was helping the school librarian and by college she spent all four years as a library work-study employee. While and after pursuing her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Shelley has spent her career working with all ages as an elementary school tutor, adult ed/GED instructor, ESL tutor, school media specialist, public services librarian, head of library programming, and as curriculum librarian at a university. She also contributes book reviews for Children’s Literature and recently co-authored See Me Shine: Developing Character Through Books for Children Ages 3-6. Her favorite tasks as a librarian are collection management and readers’ advisory. Shelley serves as contributor, technical writer, and social media content writer for CLCD, LLC.

Her loves include her husband, daughter, West Highland terrier, salsa music, movies, and of course reading, mostly children’s literature.

Peggy Fulton
Peggy Fulton took the cue from her parents, both readers. She received her first library card in the children’s room of her hometown library, and was always impressed by Mrs. Pine who seemed nine feet tall. Leaving Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys behind, she got her “adult” card at the earliest age, 14. But the mysteries upstairs were far different from the previous thrillers. Not to fear, many engaging titles were available. In high school and through college, Peggy worked in the public and college libraries. In college, she served as the only student reference librarian on the staff. Graduate school at Syracuse University was a wondrous time, introducing her to the interplay of librarianship and automation. Being in the first libraries with automation and then serving in product development capacities on the vendor side, the experiences provided a well-rounded perspective on service to readers of all ages. Peggy has been with CLCD for over twenty years, focusing on awards, honors, prizes, and reading lists as well as serving as content editor and proofreader.

In her spare time she enjoys bike riding and roller blading on the beach path and reading titles recommended by her grandchildren.

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