Marc Aronson


Associate Professor of Practice, Library and Information Science


Huntington House 100

Marc Aronson has worked in the field of literature for younger readers for more than thirty years as an author, editor, speaker, publisher, and critic. He is the only person to have been a winner or finalist for both of the American Library Association's prizes for excellence in youth nonfiction as both an author and as an editor.


New York University
Ph.D., American History

New York University
M.A., American History

New York University


Marc Aronson’s love of nonfiction and his conviction that young people can read carefully, examine evidence, and engage with new and challenging ideas is reflected in his teaching at Rutgers University, where he trains future librarians in how to select and share materials with children and teenagers, and his active work as an educational consultant, working with librarians, teachers, and administrators. He has addressed national ALA, IRA, NCTE, and NCSS conferences and has been asked to speak to statewide conventions in California, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee as well as countless schools throughout the country. His class in International books for children and teenagers is one of the very few graduate courses in this country that introduces future librarians to the creations of authors and artists from other lands.

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Selected Publications

Aronson, M. & Budhos, M. (2017) The Eyes of the World: How Robert Capa and Gera Taro, Fell in Love, Fought Fascism and Invented Modern Photo Journalism. New York, NY: Henry Holt.

Lee R. Berger and Marc Aronson, "The Skull in the Rock: How a Scientist, a Boy, and Google Earth Opened a New Window on Human Origins." Washington, DC: National Geographic Children’s Books, 2012.

Marc Aronson, "Master of Deceit: J. Edgar Hoover and America in the Age of Lies." Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2012.

Marc Aronson. "Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners From 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert." New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011.

Aronson, Marc and Marina Budhos. "Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science." New York: Clarion Books, 2010.

Awards & Recognitions

First recipient of the American Library Association's Robert L. Sibert Medal for excellence in nonfiction writing for readers through age 14, for "Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado" (Clarion Books), 2001

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