Center for Children's Books Staff

Sara Schwebel

Dr. Sara Schwebel

Sara L. Schwebel is Director of The Center for Children’s Books and a Professor at the School of Information Sciences. Her research interests include children’s and young adult literature, history/social studies pedagogy, public history, and digital humanities.

She is author of Child-Sized History: Fictions of the Past in U.S. Classrooms (Vanderbilt UP, 2011); co-editor, with Jocelyn Van Tuyl (New College of Florida), of Dust off the Gold Medal: Rediscovering Children’s Literature at the Newbery Centennial (Routledge, forthcoming); and editor of Island of the Blue Dolphins: The Complete Reader’s Edition (U of California Press, 2016) and The Lone Woman and Last Indians Digital Archive. The archive was built with undergraduate students and is part of a larger collaboration with the Channel Islands National Park; together, the NPS site and Digital Archive were honored with the Organization of American Historians’ Stanton-Horton Award (2019) and the American Studies Association’s Garfinkel Prize in Digital Humanities, Honorable Mention (2017).

Schwebel has served on the National Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of the USA (2005-11) and the Children’s Literature Association (2015-17). She was an inaugural member of the Scholars Council for the University of Florida’s Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature (2015-20). She holds a PhD in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University and a BA in history from Yale College. Before beginning her academic career, she taught middle school history and literature in Virginia and Connecticut. 

Graduate and Research Assistants

Joshua Altshuler (MSLIS, expected May 2022)

Alexandra Byerly (MSLIS, expected May 2022)

Helen Salkeld (MSLIS, expected August 2022)

Mia Walter (MLIS, expected May 2022)

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Staff

Kate Quealy-Gainer

Kate Quealy-Gainer is the Editor of the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. She received her master’s degree in Information Science from the University of Illinois in 2009 with a specialization in Youth Services. She teaches a popular course on book reviewing for the iSchool.

Graduate Assistant

Anna Weigand (MSLIS, expected May 2022)