Lisa Von Drasek is the curator of the Children's Literature Research Collections , an internationally recognized resource in the field of children’s literature. Formerly the Children's Librarian of the Bank Street College of Education, Lisa was the teacher/librarian for pre-k through 8th grade as well as a teacher of Children's Literature, Storytelling, and Children's Book Publishing 101 to students in the graduate school of education. Lisa began her career in librarianship as a children’s librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library where she developed the original Writing Box Program.
While serving as director of Bank Street's Center for Children's Literature, Lisa founded the Cook Prize, given to a STEM book chosen by children grades 3-4. She was also a frequent guest lecturer at the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science in Storytelling and Folklore, Collection Development, and Services to Children.
Lisa has reviewed children's books for The New York Times, Shelf Awareness and blogs at The Blue Ox Review. She has served as a juror on the Caldecott Committee, The New York Times Best Illustrated, the Newbery Committee, The Ezra Jack Keats Award, Trudi Birger Prize (Jerusalem Book Fair) National Book Awards for Young People's Literature and American Library Association's Notable Children's Books.