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Julie Roach

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor Julie Roach

Julie Roach teaches in the literacy programs at Lesley University, and manages youth services at the Cambridge Public Library in Cambridge, MA. She has chaired the Boston Globe Horn Book Award Committee and the Theodore Seuss Geisel Committee. She has been a member of the Caldecott selection committee since 2010, and in 2020 was appointed chair of the committee. She reviews children's literature regularly for The Horn Book Magazine and School Library Journal and, in addition to teaching at Lesley University, she also teaches "Children's Literature and Media Collections" at Simmons University Graduate School of Library and Information Science.


BS, Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism
MS, Simmons University, Graduate School of Library and Information Science

Selected Publications

  • Roach, J. (2016, May-June). What makes a good story time? The Horn Book Magazine, 92(3), 66+.
  • Roach, J. (2016, March-April). Ramona in the 21st-century library. The Horn Book Magazine, 92(2), 57+.
  • Roach, J. (2015, July). C is for concept. School Library Journal, 61(7), 32+.
  • Cappiello, M.A., Dawes, E.T. Enriquez, G., and Roach, J. (2011). Children's literature reviews: The right not to defend your tastes. Language Arts. 88, 3. pgs. 244-249.
  • Neely, A., Bird, E., Doherty, T., Hemphill, H., and Roach, J. (2010) Children’s literature reviews: Children’s literature characters forming community in an almost 2.0 world. Language Arts. 88, 1. pgs. 74-80.

Selected Presentations

  • “Picture Books Out Loud,” The Writers Loft. Sherborn, MA, Picture book workshop. Invited presenter, February 2017
  • Massachusetts Library Association 2016 Annual Conference, Orleans, MA, “Develop Your Collection and Show It Off.” Invited presenter, May 2016
  • Book Expo America, School Library Journal Day of Dialog, New York, NY, “Second Nature: Celebrating the Natural World and Raising Awareness about How to Protect It.” Invited author panel moderator, May 2015
  • Book Fest @ Bank Street, Bank Street College of Education, New York, NY. Beginning Readers. Invited Discussion Leader, October 2015, 2016
  • The Horn Book, Cambridge Public Library and Reach out and Read “Fostering Lifelong Learners” Conference, Cambridge, MA. Panel Presentation and co-organizer, April 2013
  • Massachusetts Library Association 2013 Annual Conference, Cambridge, MA, “Serving Underserved Youth.” Invited presenter, April 2013
  • New England Library Association “Rethinking Reading: Beginning Readers @ Your Library,” Worcester, MA. Picking the Winner: A Year with Books for Beginning Readers. Invited presenter, March 2012
  • Utah Valley University “For the Love of Reading” Literacy Conference, Midway, UT, Lessons from Literature: Building the Teacher-Librarian Team. Invited presenter, February 2012
  • “Freedom to Write, Freedom to Read,” Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, Panel presentation. Invited presenter, September 2011