About Me

My mission is to connect K-6 teachers with the books they need to teach, inform and delight their students.  I was amazed when I looked back and added up the adult years I have been involved with children’s books: 25 years as an elementary school library media specialist, 2 years as a public children’s librarian, 8 years as a children’s bookseller.  That’s 35 years!  I don’t know if that makes me an expert or not, but it does make me knowledgeable.

I have come to the conclusion that there is a kid’s book for just about everything.  Over the years the number of children’s books published has skyrocketed to 10,000 to 12,000 new titles yearly.  Who can keep up with that?  Certainly not classroom teachers whose plates are piled too high.  I read thousands of new book reviews every year.  I examine, read and evaluate those that promise to serve a purpose in the K-6 curriculum, as well as those that make great read-alouds, and those that appeal to kid’s reading interests.  Please let me know if there are categories you would like me to include.

Since being laid off from my school library position, I find that I miss collaborating with teachers and connecting them with the resources they need, as much as I miss teaching and working with kids.  Hopefully, this blog will be particularly helpful to teachers who no longer have the services of a qualified librarian and are always looking for titles which impact learning and foster a love of reading.  Please subscribe to be notified of new postings or check back often to see what’s new.

Me with my friend, Humpty Dumpty!

Me with my friend, Humpty Dumpty!

Happy Reading!
Kathy Otto

3 Replies to About Me

  1. Glad to see you on line! I have thought you are the most creative, skilled teacher I know, and I am happy you are putting your talents to good use on the web. Good luck with this. I hope you can expand it to a money making venture. You aren’t related to Mark Zuckerman are you?

    Love & best wishes,
    Penny Krueger

  2. I love your blog/website! Is it wordpress?

  3. Naomi Manzella says:

    I love reading your blog! Thanks for all the wonderful suggestions. May I also suggest to you “The Dreamer,” by Pam Munoz Ryan — a wonderful book. I plan on using it for a read aloud for 4th grade this year.

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