My name is Amy Broadmoore. 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.

I started Delightful Children’s Books back in 2010. A lot has changed since then. In 2010, my kids were 1, 3 and 6. At the time, I was passionate about raising three kids who were curious, creative and loved books and reading. Today — after earning my master’s degree and working as a school librarian — I am passionate about helping librarians support high quality classroom instruction. I want to help raise a generation of kids who are curious, creative and love books and reading.

On this blog, you’ll find…

I. Nonfiction book recommendations

When students read nonfiction books, their vocabularies expand. Reading informational texts in kindergarten thru 12th grades prepares students to read the informational texts they will need to be able 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 in my opinion — 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 should not be an afterthought, worked into the curriculum when time permits. To the contrary, 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. Asking and answering questions independently requires research skills.

This blog is for:

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

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

A final note…

School librarians have three important roles:

  • motivating kids to read
  • teaching research skills
  • teaching technology skills

I plan to focus on teaching research skills — not because the other roles of school librarians are less important, but rather because others are doing a fantastic job of addressing those roles. I will also touch on teaching technology skills to the extent that teaching technology skills is linked to teaching research skills.