Susan P. Bloom, former director of The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, is an associate professor emerita who continues to teach graduate courses in children’s literature at Simmons College in Boston. She has co-authored, with Cathryn M. Mercier, Presenting Zibby Oneal and Presenting Avi. A member of the Horn Book reviewing staff, Bloom writes articles for a variety of books and journals. She served as chair of the 1992 and 1999 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Committee. A former member of the 1997 Newbery Committee, she is again a member for the award in 2006.