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Education: Curriculum Collection


The Curriculum Collections specializes in elementary and secondary school teaching materials in printed form, including children's books and K-12 textbooks. The collections support teaching and research in the School of Education and Social Policy, especially in the areas of elementary teaching and secondary teaching.

The collection also supports programs in storytelling and children's theatre offered by the School of Communication.

Locations & Hours

The Curriculum Collection is located in Level 5, North Tower, in the center of the room, and is available for use any time Level 5 is open.


Non-Northwestern users who wish to use the Curriculum Collection after 5:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday, after 12 noon on Saturday, and on Sunday during Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters should call the Library Privileges desk (847-491-7617) for library access information.

Children's Literature Collection

The research collection of children's literature includes award-winning and highly recommended children's books-fiction and nonfiction-published primarily in the United States. The collection also includes fine examples of children's books published in other countries and in languages other than English. Teaching activities books for many K-12 subject areas are available. All titles in the children's literature collection may be checked out. The location symbol is curr.

Many children's books by authors and illustrators who have been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal (the major international children's book award) are located here. For a list of these titles, click here. For dossiers prepared in support of the nominees for this award, inquire in the library's Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections.

You can also visit the 2004 exhibit on Hans Christian Andersen Collection at Northwestern, which highlighted the Library’s extensive research collections in children’s literature, featuring a worldwide selection of the work of talented illustrators who were nominated for major awards in 2004.

The Curriculum Collection also includes a selection of international children's books selected from the International Board on Books for Young People's Honour List.

To find more children's literature websites, see our Recommended Website.

Textbooks: Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade

The textbook collection includes a sampling of elementary and secondary school textbooks from major U.S. textbook publishers. Textbooks are shelved within broad subject areas and within each subject area alphabetically by publisher, and then by series and volume. Textbooks (location symbol curr, text) may be checked out.

Internet Resources in Curriculum

K-12 Curriculum Web Sites

Education & Social Policy Librarian

Li (Qunying) Li's picture
Li (Qunying) Li
(847) 491-3953
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