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Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILDREN Fiction Non-Fiction




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Dr. Bush lives in Chicago's western suburbs.

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Gail Bush, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at the National College of Education of National Louis University. Gail’s academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, master’s degree in library science, and doctorate in educational psychology. In 2002 Gail followed her tenure as a library practitioner by moving into academia as director of the Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science School Library Media Program; and then founder of the School Library Program and co-founder of the Center for Teaching Through Children’s Books in the Department of Reading and Language in the National College of Education of National Louis University.

After a career in libraries that included the National School Library Media Program of the Year award, Gail was recognized as the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana Graduate School of Library and Information Science Distinguished Alumnae of 2008. In 2010 she was elected the president of the Illinois Library Association. Gail completed her term as the United States delegate to the School Libraries Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) in 2014. She served as a trustee of the Poetry Foundation from 2010 – 2015 and was inducted as an Illinois Library Luminary Honoree in July 2015.

Along with her books listed below, Bush has edited two books, ''Tales Out of the School Library: Developing Professional Dispositions'' and ''Indivisible: Poems for Social Justice''. She was also a contributor to the book, "School Library Media Programs in Action: Civic Engagement, Social Justice, and Equity".

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