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Rose Brock and I discuss her anthologies HOPE NATION and HOPE WINS and all the work and care that went into creating them. We talk about her own journey from a reluctant reader to a librarian to an educator and editor who works with some of the biggest names in publishing and is the cofounder of the North Texas Teen Book Festival.
Rose Brock, Ph.D, is a veteran educator and specialist in literature for young people who spent twenty years as a public school educator working as a language arts teacher and a school librarian. She now works as an associate professor in the Department of Library Science and Technology at Sam Houston State University. As a classroom teacher, Rose was selected by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a Mandel fellow, and as a school librarian, she was awarded the Siddie Joe Johnson Award for Outstanding Service to Youth by the Texas Library Association. She is the author of the textbook, Young Adult Literature in Action: A Librarian's Guide and editor of the middle grade anthology, Hope Wins: Inspiring Stories for Young Readers (available May 2022) and the young adult anthology, Hope Nation: Young Adult Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration. Hope Nation was selected for the Texas Library Association’s 2019 Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List, as well as received the following nods designations: a New York Times New and Noteworthy, 2018 Best YA Audiobook of the Year (Audiofile Magazine), the Earphones Award by the Audio Publisher’s Association, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and starred reviews from Booklist and VOYA magazine. Rose is also the cofounder of the ALA award winning North Texas Teen Book Festival, described by the Dallas Morning News as “the region's largest book-related event”. In addition to her work on NTTBF, Rose has been a tireless and advocate for using audiobooks as tools for literacy and is cofounder of the national literacy initiative Guys Listen, a part of the Guys Read literacy national program. Rose’s next professional publication, Sound Advice: An Audiobook Selection Handbook for Library Collections will be available in 2023.
In a collection of personal stories and essays, award-winning and bestselling artists from Matt de la Peña and Veera Hiranandani to Max Brallier and R.L. Stine write about how hope always wins, even in the darkest of times.