Susan Stan is a professor of English at Central Michigan University, where among the courses she teaches are those in international and multicultural literature for children and young adults. Her experience in the field of children's books includes a decade working for the Lerner Publishing Group in both the marketing and editorial departments and eleven years as editor of The Five Owls. Her interest in international children's literature began with trips to the Frankfurt and Bologna Book Fairs while she was at Lerner and led her to write a dissertation on international picture books. Since 1986, when she attended her first IBBY World Congress in Japan, she has been an active member of the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY). She has served as USBBY's president and is the author of The World through Children's Books (Scarecrow, 2002), one of the books in the Bridges to Understanding series sponsored by USBBY. A longtime member of ALA, she has served on several committees, including selection committees for the Caldecott Medal and Batchelder Award.