Matthew Winner is the Head of Podcasts at A Kids Book About where he leads the company in creating a podcast network dedicated to helping kids and their grownups have honest conversations by making podcasts about challenging, empowering, and important topics hosted by individuals from diverse backgrounds who know the topic first-hand. Prior to this, Matthew worked in education for 15+ years, first as a classroom teacher in an elementary school and then as an elementary school librarian. Matthew was the host of The Children's Book Podcast, a weekly podcast featuring insightful and sincere interviews with authors, illustrators, and everyone involved in taking a book from drawing board to bookshelf. In 2013 Matthew was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker and was invited to the White House as part of the Champions of Change program. He wishes he was still on the Obama's Christmas card mailing list. Matthew and his family reside in Ellicott City, Maryland.​



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  • Social Justice Defender Award - American Association of School Librarians (2019) (view article)

  • Joseph R. Bailer Award Winner, McDaniel College (2016) (view article)

  • ISTE SIGMS Technology Innovation Award, Primary Category (ISTE – International Society for Technology in Education, SIGMS – Special Interest Group for Media Specialists) (2013) (view article)

  • White House Champion of Change - Museums and Libraries (2013) (view article)

  • Library Journal Movers & Shakers 2013 – Tech Leader (view article)

  • Maryland Outstanding Educator Using Technology 2012 (MSET – Maryland Society for Educational Technology)

  • Howard County’s 2011 Outstanding Technology Using Educator


  • "Does My Collection Reflect My Community: diversity in the school library" (webinar) co-presented with Sylvie Shaffer - Alliance for Excellence in Education (April 2019) - view: https://all4ed.org/webinar-event/does-my-collection-reflect-my-community-diversity-in-the-school-library/

  • "Writers Are Readers: a closer look at children's books"  - The Journey, Highlights Foundation (March 2019)

  • "Inclusion: Walking the Walk" (session) with co-presenter Paula Chase - MASL Annual Conference (October 2018)

  • "Tony Medina, I Am Alfonso Jones, in conversation with Matthew Winner of The Children’s Book Podcast" - Baltimore Book Festival (September 2018)

  • "Digital Tools and Diversity" (session) - MASL Annual Conference (October 2017)

  • "Grassroots Marketing: Engaging Teachers, Librarians, Bloggers, and Podcasters" (PAL intensive),"Children's Books in the Social Media World – A Panel of Influencers" (panel) - SCBWI 18th Annual Winter Conference (February 2017) 

  • "Well-Read: Crafting Stories That Read Aloud Well" (webinar) - 12x12 Challenge (website) (August 2016)