Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

601 W. Michigan Ave.
Urbana, IL. 61801



  • PhD. University of Chicago, Graduate Library School, 1985
  • M.A. University of Chicago, Graduate Library School, 1968
  • B.A. College of Wooster (history major), 1964


2007-present Professor Emerita, School of Information Sciences (previously the Graduate School of
Library & Information Science), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1999-2007 Professor, School of Information Sciences/GSLIS, UIUC; and Director, Center for
Children's Books; Consulting Editor, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
1994-1999 Associate Professor GSLIS; Consulting Editor, BCCB
1992-1994 Assistant Professor, GSLIS; Editor, BCCB
1990-1992 Assistant Professor, English and Education, University of Chicago;
Editor, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
1985-1990 Assistant Professor, Graduate Library School, University of Chicago;
Editor, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
1973-1985 Editor, Children's Books Section, Booklist, The American Library Association
1970-1971 Instructor, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Education
1968-1969 Reviewer, Booklist, The American Library Association
1967-1968 Librarian and Storyteller, Blaine Library, Univ. of Chicago Laboratory Schools
1964-l965 Librarian and Storyteller, Wayne County Public Library, Wooster, Ohio


Professional and Scholarly

  • A Narrative Compass: Stories That Guide Women’s Lives.  Ed. Betsy Hearne & Roberta Seelinger Trites.
    University of Illinois Press, 2009.
  • Choosing Books for Children: A Commonsense Guide. 3rd ed., Univ. of Illinois Press, 1999.
    (Dell/Delacorte, 1980; Rev.ed., 1990 (Parents' Choice Award)
  • Story:  From Fireplace to Cyberspace. Ed. Betsy Hearne et al.  Champaign:  GSLIS, 1998.
  • The Zena Sutherland Lectures: 1983-1992. Ed. Betsy Hearne.  Clarion Books, 1993.
  • Beauties and Beasts: The Oryx Multicultural Folktale Series. Ed. Betsy Hearne. Oryx Press, 1993.
    (Anne Izard Storyteller’s Choice Award)
  • Evaluating Children’s Books: A Critical Look. Ed. Betsy Hearne & Roger Sutton. Graduate School of
    Library and Information Science, 1993.
  • The Best in Children's Books: The University of Chicago Guide to Children’s Literature, 1985-1990. Ed.
    Zena Sutherland, Betsy Hearne, & Roger Sutton.  University of Chicago Press, 1991.
  • Beauty and the Beast: Visions and Revisions of an Old Tale, The University of Chicago Press, 1989.
    (awarded 1st place, Chicago Women in Publishing Competition)
  • Celebrating Children's Books: Critical Essays in Honor of Zena Sutherland. Ed. Betsy Hearne and
    Marilyn Kaye.  Lothrop, l981.

Fiction and Poetry

  • Cuentos del globo 2: de bellas y bestias. Adaptado por Betsy Hearne y Ruth Kaufman; compilado por
    Betsy Hearne. Buenos Aires: Pequeño Editor, 2012.
  • Hauntings: Tales of Danger, Love, & Sometimes Loss.  HarperCollins/Greenwillow, 2007
  • The Canine Connection: Stories about Dogs & People.  Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, 2003
  • Wishes, Kisses, and Pigs. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, 2001
  • Who’s in the Hall? HarperCollins/Greenwillow Books, 2000
  • Listening for Leroy.  Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry Books, 1998
  • Seven Brave Women. HarperCollins/Greenwillow Books, 1997
  • Eliza’s Dog.  Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, 1996
  • Polaroid and Other Poems of View. Macmillan/ Margaret K. McElderry Books, 1991
  • Love Lines: Poetry in Person.   Macmillan/ Margaret K. McElderry Books, l987
  • Eli's Ghost.   Macmillan/ Margaret K. McElderry Books, l987
  • Home.   Atheneum/ Margaret K. McElderry Books, l979
  • South Star.   Atheneum/ Margaret K. McElderry Books, 1977

Articles and Essays

  • “Leaving a Trail:  Personal Papers and Public Archives—Part One. The Donor’s Story.”
    Archivaria. Fall 2018, pp.68-89.
  • “’Your One Wild and Precious Life’: A Tale of Divergent Patterns in Narrative and Musical
    Development.”  Bulletin of the Council on Research in Music Education. Fall 2016/Winter 2017,
    Nos. 210-211, pp.153-165.
  • “Ida Waters Turns Off the Lights: The Inside & Outside of Knowledge.” Beyond Methodology:  Lessons 
    from the Arts to Qualitative Research, ed. Liora Bresler.  (pp.153-164)  Lund, Sweden: Malmö
    Academy of Music, 2015.
    Available online here
  • “The Cobra’s Son.”  Ninth Letter 12:3, 96-102. Fall/Winter, 2015-16.
  • “Bella y Psique, Eros y la Bestia,” in Amor y susto: Eros y Psyche, Bella y la Bestia.  Texto de Betsy
    Hearne.  Caracas: Ediciones Ekaré, 2014.
  • “Fifty Years of Novel Exploits,” Horn Book Magazine, May/June 2014, pp.19-20.
  • “The Beast,” The Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters, ed. Jeffrey Weinstock.
    Farnham, Great Britain: Ashgate Publishing, 2013.
  • “New House on the Block: The Rise of Private Children’s Libraries in China.”  Horn Book Magazine,
    September/October 2012, pp.52-57.
  • “Folklore in Children’s Literature: Contents and Discontents.”  Handbook of Research of Children’s
    and Young Adult Literature
    , ed. Shelby Wolf, Karen Coats, Patricia Enciso, Christine Jenkins.
    (pp.209-223)  New York & London: Routledge, 2011.
  • “Nobody Knows . . . ”  Horn Book Magazine, September/October 2009 (pp.457-462).
  • “Foreword,” Fairy Tales in the Classroom: Teaching Students to Write Stories with Meaning Through 
    Traditional Tales.  Veronika Martenova Charles.  Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2009.
  • “Bringing the Story Home: A Journey with ‘Beauty and the Beast.’” A Narrative Compass: Stories
    That Guide Women’s Lives, ed. by Betsy Hearne and Roberta Trites.  (pp.194-211) 
    Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2009.
  • “Folk and Fairy Tales”; “A Far-Flung Tale: ‘Beauty and the Beast’”; “Literature: Children’s Literature.” 
    In The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion, ed. Richard A. Shweder.  U. Chicago Press, 2009.
  • Ten articles in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature, ed. Jack Zipes (Oxford U. Press, 2006)
  • “Something New,” Horn Book September/October 2006, pp.541-545.
  • “The Bones of Story,” Horn Book January/February 2005, pp. 39-47.
  •  “Effie Louise Power: Librarian, Educator, Author” (with Melanie Kimball and Christine Jenkins) in
    “Pioneers in Library and Information Science,” Library Trends 52:4 (Spring 2004), pp.924-951.
  • “Catch a Cyber by the Tale: Online Orality & the Lore of a Long-distance Learning Community” (with
    Anna Nielsen), in Learning, Culture and Community in Online Education: Research and
    Practice, ed. Caroline Haythornthwaite and Michelle Kazmer (Peter Lang Press, 2004).
  • “Afterword” for updated edition of Dorp Dead by Julia Cunningham (Knopf, 2002), pp.95-103.
  • Three articles in The Encyclopedia of Communication and Information, ed. by Jorge Schement.
    NY: Macmillan Reference, 2001.
  • “Once There Was and Will Be: Storytelling the Future,” Horn Book, Nov/Dec. 2000 (pp.712-719).
  • “Circling Tuck: An Interview with Natalie Babbitt,” Tuck Everlasting, 25th anniversary edition. Farrar,
    Straus, Giroux, 2000, pp. pp.141-171; Horn Book, March/April 2000 (pp.153-161).
  • “Ruth Sawyer: A Woman’s Journey from Folklore to Children’s Literature,” The Lion and the 
    Unicorn, April 2000 (pp.279-307).
  • Five articles in The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales, ed. Jack Ziples. Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • “Sacred Texts: What Our Foremothers Left Us in the Way of Psalms, Proverbs, Precepts, and Practices," 
    The Horn Book, Sept/Oct. 1999 (pp.536-547) [pp.547-558, by Christine Jenkins]
  • “Swapping Tales and Stealing Stories,” in “Folkloristic Approaches to Library and Information Science,”
    Library Trends (issue editor and contributor), Winter 1999 (pp.509-528)
  • “Across the Ages: Penelope Lively’s Fiction for Children and Adults,” The Horn Book, March/April, 1999 (pp.164-175).
  • “Perennial Picture Books: Seeded by the Oral Tradition,” Journal of Youth Services, Fall,1998 (pp.39-47)
  • “Midwife, Witch, and Woman-child: Metaphor for a Matriarchal Profession,” in Story: From Fireplace to
    .  GSLIS, 1998 (pp.37-51)
  • “A Mind in Motion: A Few Moments with Madeleine L’Engle,” School Library Journal, June, 1998 (pp.28-33)
  •  “Disney Revisited, Or, Jiminy Cricket, It’s Musty Down Here!,” The Horn Book, Mar/Apr., 1997 (pp.137-146)  
  • “Margaret K. McElderry and the Professional Matriarchy of Children’s Books,” Library Trends, Spring, 1996 (pp.755-775)
  •  “Respect the Source: Reducing Cultural Chaos in Picture Books, Part Two,” School Library Journal,
    August 1996 (pp.755-775)1993 (pp.33-37)
  • “Cite the Source: Reducing Cultural Chaos in Picture Books, Part One,” School Library Journal, July 1993 (pp.22-27)
  • “Patterns of Sound, Sight, and Story: From Literature to Literacy,” The Lion and the Unicorn, June 1992 (pp.17-42)
  • “Coming to the States: Reviewing Books from Abroad," The Horn Book, September, 1991 (pp.562-568)
  • “A Story Internalized, 1900-1950," Merveilles & Contes, May, 1989 (pp.84-109)
  • “Problems and Possibilities: U.S. Research in Children's Literature," School Library Journal, August, 1988 (pp.27-31);
    reprinted as “Research in Children’s Literature in the U.S. and Canada: “Problems and Possibilities” in
    Children’s Literature Research International Resources and Exchange, ed. by the International Youth Library (Munich: Sauer, 1991)
  • “Booking the Brothers Grimm: Art, Adaptations, and Economics," Book Research Quarterly,  Winter, l987 (pp.18-32);
    reprinted in The Brothers Grimm and Folktale, ed. James M.McGlathery.  University of Illinois Press, 1988 (pp.220-233)
  • “Beauty and the Beast: Visions & Revisions of an Old Tale," Lion & the Unicorn, Fall, 1988 (pp.74-111).
  • “How Important Is Children's Literature?" Alberta Learning Resources Journal, 8:1, 1986 (pp.11-13)
  • “Sex, Violence, Obscenity, Tragedy, Scariness and Other Facts of Life in Children's Literature," Learning, February, 1982 (pp.104-107)
  • “Timely and Timeless Children's Books as a Mirror of Society," Catholic Library World, July/August, l982 (pp.18-20)
  • “Innocence and Experience: A Critical Paradox,” Celebrating Children's Books: Critical Essays in Honor of Zena Sutherland,
    ed. Betsy Hearne and Marilyn Kaye. Lothrop, l981 (pp.165-176)
  • “The American Connection," essays in Signal, January, September, 1980 (pp.36-41; pp.151-159); May, 1981 (pp.91-95);
    January, l982 (pp.38-42)
  • “A Reviewer's Story," Library Quarterly, January, l981 (pp.80-87)
  • “U.S. Children's Books about World War II," Bookbird, l980 (pp.23-25)
  • Essays on Virginia Hamilton and John Donovan, in Twentieth Century Children's Writers, St. Martins Press, l978 (p.248);
    2nd ed., 1984 (pp. 353-354); & 3rd ed., St. James Press, 1989 (pp.423-424)


  • The Horn Book Magazine, children’s book reviews, occasional 2007-2017
  • The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative by Thomas King, On the Horizon (2006) 14:4, 171-172.
  • My Grandson Is a Geniius, etc., The New York Times Book Review, July 13, 2003
  • The Rose and the Beast by Francesca Lia Block, The New York Times Book Review, Nov. 19, 2000
  • The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley, The New York Times Book Review, January 16, 2000
  • Holes by Louis Sachar, The New York Times Book Review, November 15, 1998
  • Storytelling Encyclopedia: Historical, Cultural, and Multiethnic Approaches to Oral Traditions Around
    the World
    ed. David Leeming, Journal of Youth Services in Libraries, Spring, 1998
  • “It’s a Scarry World: The Busy, Busy World of Richard Scarry,” The Village Voice, Ja.13, 1998
  • “Grown-up Stories,” The New York Times Book Review, Nov. 10, 1996
  • It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris, The New York Times Book Review, March 12, 1995
  • City Dog and Paul by Karla Kuskin, New York Times Book Review, May 22, 1994
  • The Braid of Literature: Children's Worlds of Reading by Shelby Anne Wolf and Shirley Brice Heath,
    in American Journal of Education, August, 1993
  • "A Children's Dictionary?  Don't Leave It to the Experts," New York Times Book Review, Ja.27, 1991
  • Engines of Instruction, Mischief, and Magic: Children's Literature in England from Its Beginnings
    to 1839
    by Mary V. Jackson, in The Library Quarterly, October, 1990.
  • English Children and Their Magazines, 1751-1945 by Kirsten Drotner, in American Journal of Sociology,
    November, 1989
  • Family Pose by Dean Hughes and Weetzie Bat by Francesca Block in "Pretty in Punk," The New York Times
    Book Review
    , May 21, 1989
  • The Kiss of the Snow Queen: Hans Christian Andersen and Man's Redemption by Woman by Wolfgang Lederer,
    in The Library Quarterly, January, 1988
  • Grace in the Wilderness: After the Liberation 1945-l948 by Aranka Siegal, The New York Times Book Review,
    December 8, l985
  • "Bad Children's Books Drive Out Good," The New York Times Book Review, February 3, l985
  • The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, children's book reviews, monthly 1985-2007
  • NEA (Newspaper Enterprise Association) book review columns, quarterly, 1977-1978
  • Chicago Sun Times Showcase, children's book review columns, 1975-1978
  • Booklist, Children's book reviews, 1968-1985 (published twice a month)

Honors and Awards

  • Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, College of Wooster, 2018
  • Anne Devereaux Jordan Award, Children’s Literature Association, 2009
  • Association for Library & Information Science National Teaching Award, 2007
  • Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004
  • Humanities Lecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001
  • University Scholar Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000-2003
  • For The Canine Connection: Stories About Dogs and People: A Junior Library Guild selection;
    New York Library’s 2004 Books for the Teen Age List; Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award 2003;
    starred in Horn Book
  • For Wishes, Kisses, and Pigs: Best Children's Book Awards for 2001, CHILD magazine; Texas Blue Bonnet
    Award; finalist for six state awards
  • For Who’s in the Hall?: A Mystery in Four Chapters: IRA/CBC list of Children’s Choices for 2001;
    CCBC Choice Book, 2001
  • For Listening for Leroy: Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, 1999
  • For “A Mind in Motion: A Few Moments with Madeleine L’Engle”:  EdPress Award, 1999
  • Centenniel Scholar Award, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 1998
  • For Seven Brave Women: The Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, 1998; Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Book;
    New York Times Notable Book; Children’s Book of the Year (Child Study Children’s Book Committee);
    Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book for Children; Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies,
    NCSS/CBC; ALA Notable Booklist Editors’ Choice; Horn Book Fanfare Honor List;
    Working Mother Magazine Best Book; New York Family Magazine Best Book
  • For Eliza’s Dog: CCBC Choice Book (Cooperative Center for Children’s Books), 1996
  • For Beauties and Beasts: The Oryx Multicultural Folktale Series: Anne Izard Award, 1993
  • For Choosing Books for Children: A Commonsense Guide: Parents' Choice Award, 1990
  • For Beauty and the Beast: Visions and Revisions of an Old Tale: First place, Chicago Women in Publishing
    Competition), 1989
  • For Eli’s Ghost: The Carl Sandburg Award, 1988
  • For Love Lines: Poetry in Person: ALA Best Books for Young Adults list, 1987
  • Children's Reading Round Table Award, l982

Videotapes and Audiotapes

  •  “Thankful Tales: Stories from the GSLIS Community.” The Graduate School of Library and
    Information Science, 2012.
  • “Illinois Innovators: The Women Who Went West”: 2008
  • “Illinois Authors Series,” The UIUC College of Education, 2002
  • “The Heart of the Story,” The Benton Broadcasting Project, 1991 (audio)
  • “Picture Books: Elements of Illustration and Story,” ALA, l987 (video)
  • “Sharing Books with Young Children,” American Library Association, l986 (video)
  • “Evaluating Children's Books,” The Children's Book Council, 1979 (audio)

Selected Professional Activities

  • Speaker, 15th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign, IL, May 2019
  • Speaker, College of Wooster and Wayne County Public Library, Wooster, Ohio, April 2019
  • Speaker, 14th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign, IL, May 2018
  • Guest Lecturer,  University of Illinois College of Education, Champaign, IL, 2016, 2017
  • Speaker, International Conference on Narrative Inquiry in Music Education, Champaign, IL, May 2016
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Illinois Department of English, Champaign, IL, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017
  • Speaker, Next Generation School, Champaign, IL, 2012-2019
  • Speaker, Wisconsin Library Association, Lacrosse, WI, October 2012
  • Keynote, Barbara Elleman Research Library Lecture, Eric Carle Museum, Amherst, MA, April 2012
  • Speaker, Clarke Historical Library Lecture Series, Central Michigan University, October 2012
  • Speaker, Children’s Literature Conference, Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, IL, March 2010
  • Speaker, Beta Phi Mu, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL November 2009
  • Keynote, Illinois Young Authors Conference, Bloomington-Normal, IL, May 2009
  • Keynote, Children’s Literature Association Conference, Illinois State University, June 2008
  • Speaker, American Library Association Conference (ACRL), Anaheim CA, June 2008
  • Speaker, Plymouth State University, New Hampshire, January 2007
  • Speaker/Organizer, Allerton Conference, University of Illinois, October 2006
  • Speaker, Lois Lenski Lecture, Illinois State University, Bloomington IL March 2006
  • Chair, ALA Caldecott Committee, 2005
  • Speaker, Illinois Library Association, Chicago IL October 2004; October 2005
  • Speaker, Youth Literature Interest Group Research Showcase, GSLIS/UIUC, Urbana IL October 2005
  • Speaker, Children’s Literature New England, Harvard University, Boston MA August 2005
  • Speaker, Texas Library Association, Austin, TX April 2005
  • Speaker, Washington University, St. Louis MO April 2005
  • Guest lecturer, Information School at U. Washington, Seattle, August 2003, August 2001
  • Speaker, University of Redlands, CA, March, 2003
  • Speaker, Oregon Library Association Conference, April, 2003
  • Speaker, Alliance Library System, Literacy for Youth Institute, Peoria IL April, 2003
  • Speaker, Children’s Literature Conference, Augusta, Maine, April, 2002
  • Speaker, The Art Institute, March, 2002
  • Speaker, University of Wisconsin/Madison Children’s Literature Conference, April, 2001
  • Speaker, Ohio State University Children’s Literature Conference, January, 2001
  • Advisory Editor, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature, 2001
  • Speaker, National Reading Conference, Phoenix, December, 2000
  • Speaker, Northern Illinois University, Illinois, March, 2000.
  • Speaker, Society of Children’s Book Writers, Michigan, October, 1999
  • Speaker, Marquis Lecture Series, Coe College, Iowa, November, 1998
  • Judge, Boston Globe/Hornbook Award, 1997
  • Speaker, International Research Society for Children’s Literature, York, England, August, 1997
  • Speaker, Conference on The History of Print Culture, Madison, Wisconsin, April, 1997
  • Speaker and organizer, Allerton Institutes #39 (1997) and #34 (1992)
  • Speaker, Library of Congress, November, 1996
  • Speaker, IBBY Congress in Groningen, the Netherlands, August, 1996
  • Speaker, American Library Association Conference, July, 1996
  • Speaker, University of Iowa, 1995
  • Speaker, Virginia Library Association, October, 1994
  • Speaker, Shenandoah University, July, 1994
  • Speaker, Third Biennale, Tehran, Iran, November, 1993
  • Speaker, Champaign Public Library, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999
  • Speaker, Erikson Institute, May, 1992
  • Speaker, Northern Illinois University, June, 1991
  • Speaker, Butler University, February, 1991
  • Speaker, Drexel University, Philadelphia, March, 1989
  • Consultant, Chicago Public School system, "Reading Handbook" project, 1989
  • Speaker, Field Museum of Natural History Folklore Series, October, 1988
  • Speaker, Moorhead State University Literacy Conference, October, 1988
  • Speaker, University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science, October, 1988
  • Speaker, International Youth Library Conference, Munich, April, 1988
  • Speaker, Ezra Jack Keats Lecture, University of Southern Mississippi, February, 1987
  • Lecturer, Children's Literature Institute, Columbia University, N. Y., summers, l987-1991
  • Speaker, International Bicentenary Symposium on the Brothers Grimm, U. of Ill., April, 1986
  • Consultant, Chicago Tribune Charities Foundation classroom libraries project, l985-86
  • Consultant, Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corporation, l982-1984, 1989
  • Judge, American Book Awards, Children's Literature, l981
  • Judge, National Book Awards , Children's Literature, l975
  • Consultant, Newbery/Caldecott Committee; Notable Books Committee; Mildred Batchelder
    Committee (American Library Association) l973-l978

  • Member, American Library Association (ALSC division)
  • Member, International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY); USBBY President 2001;
    Board of Directors 2000, 1997, 1995;
  • Member, International Research Society for Children's Literature
  • Member, Board of Directors, Cricket Magazine
  • Member, Association for Library and Information Science Educators (ALISE)
  • Referee, Journal of Youth Services (ALA); University of Illinois Press