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2016 Judge: Padma Venkatraman
Padma Venkatraman is an oceanographer by training and an author by choice. Her latest novel, A TIME TO DANCE (Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin) was released to 5 starred reviews (Kirkus, Booklist, SLJ, VOYA and BCCB) and received numerous awards: ALA Notable, IRA Notable, Kirkus Best Book, NYPL Top 25, IBBY outstanding, etc. Her two earlier novels, ISLAND’S END and CLIMBING THE STAIRS, were also released to multiple starred reviews (7 altogether), were both ALA/Yalsa Best Books, Amelia Bloomer, CCBC and Booklist Editor’s Choices and won several other honors. She has spoken at Harvard and other universities and schools; participated on panels at venues such as the PEN World Voices Festival; provided keynote addresses at numerous conferences and commencement speeches; and has been the chief guest at international literary festivals. Padma Venkatraman is American, has a doctorate in oceanography and lives in Rhode Island. Visit her at www.padmasbooks.com and www.padmasbooks.blogspot.com
About Battle Commander
The Battle Commander is the nom de guerre for children’s literature enthusiasts Monica Edinger and Roxanne Hsu Feldman, fourth grade teacher and middle school librarian at the Dalton School in New York City and Jonathan Hunt, the County Schools Librarian at the San Diego County Office of Education. All three have served on the Newbery Committee as well as other book selection and award committees. They are also published authors of books, articles, and reviews in publications such as the New York Times, School Library Journal, and the Horn Book Magazine. You can find Monica at educating alice and on twitter as @medinger. Roxanne is at Fairrosa Cyber Library and on twitter as @fairrosa. Jonathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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