Welcome to The Curious Kid’s Librarian

ARE you a teacher looking for nonfiction books and other informational texts to incorporate into your teaching? Are your students citing Google and Wikipedia, and you are unsure what sources they should be citing instead? Are you a school librarian or public librarian looking for an easy way to stay up-to-date on nonfiction children’s books, research tools and research skills instruction?

Then, you have come to the right place! At The Curious Kid’s Librarian, you’ll find nonfiction book recommendations and tips for teaching research skills effectively.

Check it out, and please share The Curious Kid’s Librarian with librarians, teachers, administrators and others who may be interested!

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On The Curious Kid’s Librarian, you’ll find…

I. Nonfiction book recommendations

When students read nonfiction books and other informational texts, their vocabularies expand. Reading informational texts in kindergarten thru 12th grades prepares students to read the informational texts they will need to read to succeed in college, career and life. For this reason, the Common Core Standards emphasize the importance of having kids read more informational texts.

Furthermore — and equally valuable — incorporating high quality nonfiction books into the curriculum can bring subjects students are studying to life.

II. Tips for teaching research skills effectively

Teaching students research skills is central to preparing students for college and creating lifelong learners. To succeed in college, career and life, students need to be able to ask and answer questions independently. They need to be able to differentiate fact from fiction, cite reliable sources and avoid plagiarism.

This blog is for:

  • school librarians
  • classroom teachers
  • principals & administrators
  • children’s & teen librarians
  • school outreach librarians
  • students
  • caregivers

…and others who are passionate about raising curious kids who love books and reading.

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About Me

I have a M.S. in library science from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, and I have taught for three years as a school librarian. I have also served for two years as a Cybils nonfiction book awards judge.

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