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Barbara Elleman, American editor. Recipient Jeremiah Ludington award Educational Paperback Association, 1996, Hope S. Dean award Foundation Children's Literature, 1996.


Elleman, Barbara was born on October 20, 1934 in Coloma, Wisconsin, United States. Daughter of Donald and Evelyn (Kissinger) Koplein.


Bachelor of Science in Education, Wisconsin State University, 1956. Master of Arts in Librarianship, University Denver, 1964.


School library media specialist, Port Washington (Wisconsin) High School, 1956-1959;school library media specialist, Homestead High School, Thiensville-Mequon, Wisconsin, 1959-1964;children's library, Denver Public Library., 1964-1965;school library media specialist, Cherry Creek Schools, Denver, 1965-1970;school library media specialist, Henry Clay School, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, 1971-1975;children's reviewer, American Library Association, Chicago, 1975-1982;children's editor, American Library Association, Chicago, 1982-1990;editor Book Links, American Library Association, Chicago, 1990-1996. Visiting lecturer University of Wisconsin, 1974-1975, 81-82, University of Illinois, Circle Campus, 1983-1985;Distinguished scholar children's literature, Marquette U., since 1996. Consultant Heriot-Watt University Wilson Company, 1969-1975.

Member Library. Congress Advisory Committee on selection for children's books for blind and physically handicapped, 1980-1988, Caldecott Calendar Committee, 1986. Judge The American Book Awards, 1982, Golden Kite, 1987, Boston Globe/Horn Book, 1990. Member of faculty Highlights for Children Writers Conference, 1985-1990.

Member organization committee MidWest Conference Society Children's Books Writers, 1974-1976. Chair Hans Christian Andersen Committee, 1987-1988. Advisor Reading Rainbow, 1986-1996, Indiana R.E.A.P. project, 1987-1993.

Jury member VI Catalonia Premi Children's Book Exbhn., Barcelona, Spain, 1994. Advisory board Parent's Choice, Cobblestone Publication, Georgia Public television's 2000, The New Advocate magazine, 20th Century Children's Writers, Encyclopedia of Children's Literature, Cooperative Children's Book Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Riverbank Review, since 1998, Encyclopedia of Children's Literature, since 1998. Language arts committee National Council For Teacher Education Notable Books, since 1997.

Speaker in field.



Publicity chair International Board Books for Young People Congress, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1990. Board trustees Eric Carle Museum Picture Book Art, since 2004. Member American Library Association, Society Children's Book Writers (member organization committee MidWest Conference 1974-1976), International Board Books for Young People (United States associate editor Bookbird 1978-1986, chair nominating committee, 1985, board directors 1990-1992), Children's Reading Round Table Chicago (award 1987), National Council Teachers English (board directors children's literature assembly 1986-1988, member editorial advisory board College Language Association bulletin 1989-1991, member using nonfiction in classroom committee 1990-1996, 2000 Caldecott committee, Laura I. Wilder committee 2001-2003, 2007-2009).


Married Don W. Elleman, November 14, 1970.

Donald Koplein

Evelyn (Kissinger) Koplein

Don W. Elleman