Over his 29-year career as a professional librarian, Alan R. Bailey has served as a public school librarian and as a branch manager of a public library, and he has worked in community college and university libraries. For more than seventeen of those years, he has been directly responsible for developing collections for young children. A native of Washington, North Carolina, Bailey received his undergraduate degree from East Carolina University (Greenville, NC) and advanced degrees from East Carolina University and North Carolina Central University (Durham, NC). He currently serves as associate professor and education curriculum librarian in the Teaching Resources Center at East Carolina University's J. Y. Joyner Library. Bailey has served multiple terms as a member of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Jury and has reviewed books for the Children's Literature Review column in Language Arts: The Journal of the Elementary Section of the National Council of Teachers of English.