Doc Rob

Robert Bittner, PhD

LGBTQ Children's and YA Literature Specialist

Current Positions:

  • SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UBC iSchool (2018-2020)
  • Amelia Elizabeth Walden Awards Committee (2017-2020)
  • YALSA Awards Oversight Committee, Chair (2018-2020)
  • ALSC Children's Literature Legacy Award Committee (2018-2020)

Services and Expertise

Book Reviewer

LitBit Speaks

Canadian Review of Materials

Booklist Magazine


LGBTQ Literature Consultant

Booklist created for SOGI 123 (Teacher Resource)

Guest Lecturer

Northern Lights College (Traveling Speaker Series)

Beta Reader

"Rob Bittner was a lifesaver while I was working on the manuscript for my second book. Not only did he arm me with strategies to help me overcome my writer’s block, he is also an incredibly keen reader and sounding board whose feedback helped me hone and revise a first draft I was confident enough to submit to my publisher."

-Christine Baldacchino, author of Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress (2014)

"I hired Rob to do a sensitivity read on a middle grade novel. His thoughtful and thorough advice was invaluable, and I highly recommend his services. He was extremely flexible with timing and quick to deliver, which was a life-saver on a pending deadline!"

-Karen Rivers, author of love, ish (2017), and other novels for young readers

"Rob Bittner’s work as a sensitivity reader for my ... novel Jaya and Rasa: A Love Story was invaluable. He offered constructive, expert comments that helped me shape the character of Jaya."

-Sonia Patel, author of Morris Award Finalist Rani Patel in Full Effect (2016)

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