Children's books have played a prominent role in Elizabeth Kennedy's career in PreK-12 education. As a journalist, Kennedy has reviewed and written about children's literature for more than a decade.
Elizabeth Kennedy has an extensive background in education, having worked as an early childhood educator, elementary school teacher, museum educator, and PreK-12 arts-in-education program director over the past thirty-five years. As a writer, her work has been recognized with first place awards from Kansas Professional Communicators and the National Federation of Press Women.
Elizabeth Kennedy holds a B.A. degree from Brown University where she majored in English Literature. She earned her MS in Instructional Design and Technology from Emporia State University. Liz has also taken additional coursework in education and children's literature.
By Elizabeth Kennedy:
My love of children's literature began when I was a child living in northern New Jersey, continued during my college years at Brown University, and grew as I read to my own children and began using children's books in my work as an educator.
An amazing number of children's books are published every year. My job as the About.com Children's Books Expert is to help you find the books best suited for your own children and/or the children you serve.
I want this site to be a resource for parents, teachers, caregivers, librarians, writers, illustrators, and others who work with children and value children's literature.
In addition, in order to cover as many books as possible, teen librarian Jennifer Kendall (biography) assists me by regularly reviewing and recommending books for middle grade readers (ages 8/9-12, 10-14). Jean Hatfield (biography), a head librarian with extensive experience in children's literature, has also provided occasional reviews of books for middle grade readers, and librarian Nancy Snyder has reviewed selected picture books and beginning reader books.
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