Bonnie Kunzel's Website

Author, Librarian, Speaker, Youth Services Consultant

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A Brief Biography

     Bonnie Kunzel, who recently retired as the Youth Services Consultant for the New Jersey State Library, is now a free-lance Youth Services Consultant.  A graduate of RutgersUniversity, she loves to read and talk about books.  She presents seminars on classic young adult literature around the country for BER (the Bureau of Educational Research) and speaks at library, education, and science fiction conferences.  In addition she is an annual presenter for NJASL (the New Jersey Association of School Librarians) and NJEA (the New Jersey Education Association.    

     While in New Jersey she was a founding member of the Garden State Teen Book Award Committee, a member of the NJLA (New Jersey Library Association) Executive Board, and a member of the organizing committee for the annual Youth Services Forum.  And in 2006/2007 she was the NJLA Librarian of the Year.
     On the national level, she is currently a member of the Newbery Committee for ALSC (the Association for Library Service to Children, a Division of the American Library Association)  She is a Past-President of YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association, a Division of the American Library Association). In addition, she was a member of the YALSA committee that revised the Science Fiction Genre list, served a three-year term on ALA’s prestigious Best Books for Young Adults committee, and was a member of the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee that recognized Gary Paulsen for his contribution to young adult literature.  She was re-elected to serve a fourth three-year term as an ALA Councilor-at-Large and is a past chair and member of the Alex Committee, charged with selecting the best Adult Books for Young Adults published each year.  She was the science fiction and fantasy discussion leader at YALSA’s Popular Materials pre-conference at ALA several summers ago.  She was a member of the 2005 Printz Committee. 
     In addition, she is a regular reviewer for the journal VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates), again specializing in the areas of science fiction and fantasy, and she is a Science Fiction and Fantasy editor for NoveList, an on-line reader’s advisory service.  She is the co-author, with her friend and colleague Suzanne Manczuk, of First Contact: A Reader’s Selection of Science Fiction and Fantasy.  Scarecrow Press, 2001.  In 2002 her second reader’s advisory book, Strictly Science Fiction, co-authored with another friend and colleague, Diana Tixier Herald, was published by Libraries Unlimited.  This is a title in their popular Genreflecting series. 




 Other publications include a chapter on science fiction:  To Boldly Go…Science Fiction (A Personal Odyssey)” in Mosaics of Meaning: Enhancing the Intellectual Life of Young Adults through Story, edited by Kay E. Vandergrift and published by Scarecrow Press in 1996 and several articles in SLJ (School Library Journal):  “Hooray for Harry,” School Library Journal, February, 2005, “Exploring Future Worlds: Science Fiction Titles for Teens,” School Library Journal, May, 1998 and “The Call of the Wild:  YAs Running with the Wolves,” School Library Journal, Aug. 1995.  Bonnie Kunzel co-edited with Bernice Cullinan and Deborah Wooten on The Continuum Encyclopedia of Young Adult Literature, a one-volume encyclopedia that covers the major authors, issues and history of young adult literature.  She co-authored The Teen-Centered Book Club with Constance Hardesty published by Libraries Unlimited in 2006.  With Susan Fichtelberg, she wrote Tamora Pierce one of the Teen Reads Companions to Young Adult Literature series published by Greenwood Press, released in August 2007.  Her newest book, co-authored with Diana Tixier Herald is Fluent in Fantasy:  The Next Generation.  This is also published by Libraries Unlimited and will be released in December of 2007.  Her newest article has been published in the English Journal, Vol. 97, No 1, September 2007
Column:  Bold Books for Teenagers   Editor:  Don Gallo,"Speculative Fiction: Classroom Must-Reads"  pp118-122.
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