After completing her master's in library science at Rutgers University, Amy Pattee worked as a children's librarian at public libraries in Ocean County and Burlington County, New Jersey. She received her doctorate in library and information science from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She has published in journals related to library science and children's literature, and has contributed to the professional journals School Library Journal and The Horn Book. Her most recent book, Developing Library Collections for Today's Young Adults, was published by Scarecrow in 2013 and was updated in 2020 in the form of a second edition entitled Developing Library Collections for Today’s Young Adults: Ensuring Inclusion and Access. In 2022, she was named co-President of the Children’s Literature Association. She teaches children's and young adult literature.


  • LIS 453: Collections Development and Management
  • LIS 481: Library Collections and Materials for Children
  • LIS 482: Library Programs and Services for Children
  • LIS 483: Library Collections and Materials for Young Adults
  • CHL 401: Criticism of Literature for Children
  • CHL 437: Special Topics: Positionality

Research/Creative Activities

My research interests include youth librarianship, young adult literature, popular and series fiction, magazines for teenage girls, girls' studies and the intersections of reading and culture.

Amy Pattee in the News

View of the cupola from the quad through trees

Twelve Simmons Faculty Members Receive Promotions, Tenure, and Emerita/us Status

Last month, the Simmons Board of Trustees finalized decisions concerning the promotion, tenure, and emerita/us status of select faculty members. We are pleased to congratulate the following faculty members for their outstanding accomplishments: Promotion to the rank of Professor Daren...

Professor Amy Pattee

Associate Professor Appointed Co-President of Children’s Literature Association

Amy Pattee, Associate Professor and Co-coordinator of Dual Degree MS LIS/MA Children's Literature, will serve as Co-President of the Children’s Literature Association (ChLA) for the coming year.