Betsy Hearne is former Director of The Center for Children's Books and a professor emerita in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she taught children's literature and storytelling for many years.
She is the author of numerous articles and books, including Choosing Books for Children: A Commonsense Guide, the folktale anthology Beauties and Beasts, fiction for both children and young adults, and picture books—one of which, Seven Brave Women, won the Jane Addams Children's Book Award. The former children's book editor of Booklist and of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, she has reviewed books for almost forty years and contributes regularly to The Horn Book Magazine.
Hearne has been president of USBBY,
International Board on Books for Young People, and chair of the
American Library Association’s Caldecott Award Committee. She received
a National Teaching Award from ALISE, the Association of Library and
Information Science Education; the 2009 Anne Devereaux Jordan Award
from the Children’s Literature Association; and from the University of
University Scholar Award and a Graduate College Outstanding Mentor
Award. Hearne’s 2001 UIUC Humanities Lecture, “Storied Lives,” is
available in two formats on her Articles