Introducing Our New Illustration Editor

We are pleased to introduce The Sydney Taylor Shmooze's new Illustration Editor, Dena Bach. Dena  studied Illustration at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has an MA/MFA in Children’s Literature and Writing for Children from Simmons University. She has worked as a fine artist, illustrator, writer, bookkeeper, bookseller, and a teacher of children from ages 2 to14. Dena has been a reviewer for The Sydney Taylor Shmooze since 2021.

Starting in November 2022, Dena will be adding her perspective to selected Shmooze reviews of illustrated books. You can see Dena's art at