Laurina’s spent more than twenty-two years happily working with books for children and teens, primarily in marketing and collection development for library wholesalers. For the past eight years she’s been even happier working as an independent consultant for We Love Children’s Books with her partner, Bobbie Combs. Recent projects include creating websites for authors and illustrators; book promotions; writing marketing copy, reviews, and teacher guides; and blogging on behalf of a family literacy initiative. Laurina is a past president of the Educational Paperback Association (now Educational Book and Media Association) and an active member of the Association of Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. She served on the 1997 Newbery Committee.