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Cynthia Alaniz is an elementary school librarian in Coppell, Texas. She has over 25 years of experience as an elementary educator and has a strong and undying passion for reading, libraries and children’s literature. She is an active member of the American Library Association, the Texas Library Association, the Association of Library Service to Children, the National Council of the Teachers of English and the Children’s Literature Assembly. She served on the 2016 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Jury with the Pennsylvania Center for the Book. Cynthia is currently serving as the Chair of the 2019 Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts Committee with the Children’s Literature Assembly.