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About meAbout Me--"...sometimes we live no particular way but our own..."
482 Vine Avenue, Sebastopol, California 95472,
Richie is one of the West Coast's premier booktalkers and presenters. He has presented at the California School Library Association, the California Library Association, The Assembly of Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English, and the Nevada Reading Assocation. He has done hundreds of middle school, high school, university, and public library booktalk presentations and will come booktalk at your school. Cost: $150 + transportation for 3 hours of presenting.
I Second That Emotion: Sharing Children’s and Young Adult Poetry: A 21st Century Resource Guide for Teachers and Librarians (2010). Salt Lake City, UT: Hi Willow.
Partington, R. (2010). Poetry in the classroom: a teacher and librarian collaboration, CSLA Journal, 34(2), 10-12.
Partington, R. (2006). Why boy books? CSLA Journal, 30(1), 15-16.
Green Earth Book Awards, 2010-present, “the nation’s first, annual award for authors and illustrators whose books best raise awareness of environmental stewardship, and the beauty of our natural world and the responsibility that we have to protect it”, member of the picture book judging panel.
Randolph Caldecott Award, 2009 committee member. Our Medal winner was Beth Krommes, illustrator of The House in the Night by Susan Swanson.
YALSA’s Best Books for Young Adults, 2002-2005 committee member.
American Library Association, 2000-present, divisions and roundtables: Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC), Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), American Association of School Librarians (AASL), Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIRT)
Beta Phi Mu, the library and information studies honor society, initiated at the American Library Association’s Annual Convention in Anaheim, June 2008.
California School Library Association, 2008 Convention Presenter: Picture This! Identifying and Employing Exceptional Picture Books for Older Readers.
2006 Convention Presenter: Great 21st Century Boy Books.
Listservs: active participant in YALSA-BK,ALSC-L, child-lit, LM-Net, and CALIBK12.
Middle School Lit (middle_school_lit), founder and moderator of 700+ member listserv .
National Council of Teachers of English: past presenter, ALAN (Assembly of Literature for Adolescents of the Nation Council of Teachers of English).
RICHIE’S PICKS, http://richiespicks.com 1999-present
Through my work as an online reviewer of children’s and young adult literature at Richie's Picks, I reach in excess of eight thousand librarians, teachers, students, parents, retailers, and publishing executives, with whom I share my in-depth essays on upcoming fiction and informational titles for children and adolescents. As a result of my knowledge and reputation I have had the opportunity to gain appointment to and serve a three-year term (2002-2005) on the American Library Association’s 15-member Best Books for Young Adults committee, reading in excess of 250 books per year. Presented at annual conventions of the California Library Association, the Assembly of Literature for Adolescents of the National Association of Teachers of English (ALAN), and the Nevada Reading Association. Regularly booktalked at schools throughout the San Francisco Bay area; to library employees through the Sonoma County Office of Education; and to graduate classes at Sonoma State University.
ONLINE LECTURER, San Jose State University, School of Library and Information Science, San Jose, California, 2008-present
I teach children’s services and materials classes, including classes that I have created for the program. Classes taught include Children’s Materials, Ages 0-4; Children’s Services and Programming; and Picture Books for Older Readers.
LECTURER, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California, 2006-2007
Co-taught Education 524, Literature and Literacy with Dr. Jayne DeLawter after being a guest speaker in her classes for more than a decade.
GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT, San Jose State University, San Jose, California, 2006-2007
Employed in San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science, working with Dr. David V. Loertscher, former president of the American Association of School Librarians and trailblazer in the area of teacher librarian collaboration, I helped develop and deliver lectures, completed extensive tech work, and served as contributor to the text and editor of the online portion of the 2nd Edition of Young Adult Literature and Multimedia, Hi Willow Research and Publishing, 2006
BROOK HAVEN MIDDLE SCHOOL, Sebastopol, California, 2001-2007
As a volunteer, I co-developed Children’s and Young Adult literature-based curriculums for seventh and eighth grade English classes. I initiated the nation’s first No-Name Calling Week, inspired by James Howe’s 2001 novel, The Misfits, which was, in turn, utilized in the formulation of a National No-Name Calling Week, which is cosponsored by organizations including the Children’s Defense Fund, Amnesty International, the Association of Secondary School Administrators, and Girl Scouts of America. No-Name Calling Week, 2007 included participation by more than 350,000 students nationwide.
I also created extensive online curricular and extracurricular resources for students, teachers, and parents. I employed my publisher connections to attract author visits to Brook Haven for which the publishers bore the full costs. Resulting author appearances at the school included Jerry Spinelli, Karen Cushman, James Howe, Celia Rees, Brent Hartinger and Rick Riorden.
COPPERFIELD’S BOOKS, Sebastopol, California, 1995-2000
Children’s Buyer and Children’s Events Coordinator for six store chain. Responsible for the Sonoma County appearances of dozens of children’s and young adult authors and illustrators including J.K. Rowling, Philip Pullman, Christopher Paul Curtis, Sharon Creech, David Diaz, Sarah Stewart and David Small, Jean Craighead George, and Barbara Berger. Engaged in staff training and regular booktalking presentations to employees.
WILLOW CREEK CHILDREN’S CENTER, Santa Rosa, California, 1989-1995
Executive Director and lead teacher of the nonprofit childcare center serving low income families in northwest Santa Rosa, California. Under an annually-elected parent board, I had full charge of programming, budgeting, staffing, licensing, grant writing, and maintaining the educational and physical environment of the facility. Hired at a time when the organization was insolvent, I rose to the challenge of maintaining the most affordable rates possible, hiring the best teachers, running an exemplary age-appropriate program. Throughout those years, I learned first-hand what books caught the attention and imagination of young children.
2004 - 2007 School of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University, San Jose, California
Master’s of Library Science, 4.0 GPA. Chosen Class of 2007 Graduation Speaker. Chosen by the San Jose State chapter of ALASC to deliver a Luminary Lecture on Services to Middle School Students.
1987 - 1989 Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, California
Completed Early Childhood Education courses leading to State licensing as a Child Care Center Director.
Conference-related ECE courses at Sonoma State University, and at NAEYC conferences.
1973 - 1977 University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Business Law, cum laude.
1969 - 1973 Commack High School North, Commack, New York
Voted Class of 73 Service Award, Voted "Did Most for Commack North" and "Unsung Hero." National Honor Society, helped found the Ecology Club, and wrote a Student Bill of Rights that was adopted by the school.
About my libraryI'm cataloging my booktalking/read-aloud library -- the books that I am holding on to.
Favorite authorsKen Haycock (Shared favorites)
Membership LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway
Real nameRichie Partington
Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceMay 18, 2009