Junko Yokota, Ph.D.
Dr. Yokota is the Director of the CTCB and a Professor Emeritus of Reading & Language at National Louis University. She was an elementary classroom teacher and school librarian for the first ten years of her career. In her professional roles, she has served as a consultant to numerous school districts, guiding curriculum development and providing professional development for teachers.
Dr. Yokota is frequently invited to speak at various professional conferences throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her topics center on issues of multicultural and international literature, literacy development of students of diversity, and improving literacy instruction through quality literature. her publications include a co-authored college textbook in children's literature, Children's Books in Children's Hands, two columns that review children's books, as well as journal articles and book chapters in edited books.
She is past president of the U.S. national section of the International Board on Books for Young People, and has served on numerous committees of the International reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. She has served on the Caldecott and Newbery Award committees, chaired the Batchelder Award committee, and served two terms on the IBBY Hans Christian Andersen Award for Contribution to Multicultural Literature, Reading the World Award and is an active participant in the international literature community.
Toby Rajput, NBCT
Toby currently teaches in the School Library strand of the Reading & Language program at National Louis University. She is also the Children's and Youth Literature Librarian for the University and for the CTCB. She has presented at conferences, in classes, and for colleagues on reading motivation, nurturing engaged readers and evaluating children's books for racism and bias.
Ann Speltz, Ph.D.
Dr. Speltz is an educator, editor and writer with 35 years of experience developing curricula and teaching a wide variety of students. While an editor of the Great Books Foundations, Dr. Speltz co-created and co-authored the original edition of the Junior Great Books Reading, Writing and Discussion Curriculum (K-12). She had developed and taught more than 20 interdisciplinary courses for academically talented students, and is the author of the children's book, The Year My Mother Was Bald.
Ms. Wooten is the USBBY Secretary.