Dr. Evelyn B. Freeman is Dean and Director of The Ohio State University-Mansfield. She also serves as Executive Dean for Ohio State's regional campuses. Dr. Freeman is professor in the School of Teaching and Learning and teaches courses in children's literature and language arts. Her research interests focus on multicultural and global children's literature, and nonfiction literature for children. She has served as co-editor of the Journal of Children's Literature, Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature, and the Children's Books column of The Reading Teacher. She has co-authored three books: Using Nonfiction Trade Books in the Elementary Classroom (1992, NCTE); Connecting Informational Children's Books with Content Area Learning (1997, Allyn and Bacon); and Global Perspectives in Children's Literature (2001, Allyn and Bacon). Dr. Freeman has written numerous book chapters and her articles have appeared in Language Arts, Bookbird, and The Reading Teacher. She has presented at professional conferences nationally and internationally. Active in professional organizations, Dr. Freeman chaired the Notable Books for a Global Society Committee and the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children Committee. She has served on USBBY's Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Nominating Committee. In 2007, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Council of Teachers of English. Dr. Freeman is immediate Past-President of the Children's Literature Assembly of NCTE.
Barbara A. Lehman is Professor of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University, where she teaches graduate courses in children's literature and literacy at the Mansfield Campus. Her scholarly interests focus on multicultural and global children's literature and child-centered literary criticism. She co-edited Teaching with Children's Books: Paths to Literature-Based Instruction (National Council of Teachers of English [NCTE], 1995) and co-authored with Evelyn Freeman Global Perspectives in Children's Literature (Allyn & Bacon, 2001). Her third title, Children's Literature and Learning: Literary Study Across the Curriculum, was published by Teachers College Press (2007). She has had articles published in ChLA Quarterly, Children's Literature in Education, and the Journal of Children's Literature, among others. She has co-edited the Journal of Children's Literature (Children's Literature Assembly of NCTE) and Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature for the International Board on Books for Young People. She has served on and chaired book and author award committees, such as NCTE's Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children Committee, the Children's Literature Assembly's Notable Books in the Language Arts Committee, the Hans Christian Andersen Award U.S. nominating committee, the USBBY's Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award nominating committee, the International Reading Association's Arbuthnot Award Committee and the Notable Books for a Global Society Committee, and the ChLA Article Award Committee. She is president-elect of USBBY (to be president in 2011). She was a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa during 2004-2005, and the 2009 recipient of the Arbuthnot Award from the International Reading Association.