Here Is Why the Deliberations Are Supposed to Be Secret
National Book Award judge for fiction Marianne Wiggins spills pretty much all in this LA Times piece; for a more discreet recap see Linda Sue Park's notes on being a judge for the young people's award.
I've been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996; previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. Received my M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978.