Meet the Organizers: Jennifer Wharton, Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction

Jennifer has been involved with Cybils since 2009 and is excited to be chairing the Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction category for the third year. When not obsessively reading and blogging at one of her many blogs, including Jean Little Library, she is the head of the youth services department for the Matheson Memorial Library in Elkhorn, WI. She has always enjoyed nonfiction for children but became especially interested in titles for elementary and preschool children several years ago when she was restructuring the children’ s programming and now includes nonfiction in as many programs as possible, from early literacy and outreach storytimes to after school art and science programs. Jennifer sees nonfiction as an integral part of her personal mission to introduce children to the amazing world around them and foster a sense of wonder and delight.