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Toby Rajput


Assistant Professor, University Library
Children's and Young Adult Literature Librarian

Programs/Classes Taught:

RLL 520 Overview of Children's Literature RLS 514 Teaching Research to Children and Adolescents RLS 591 Supervised Experience in School Libraries Overview of Library Resources for teaching with Children's Literature

Areas of Expertise:

Children's literature: Creating Culturally Relevant Collections Evaluating Children's Books for Racism and Sexism Digital Resources for Teaching with Children's Literature Differentiating Instruction with Children's Books Elementary Battle of the Books Teaching Plant Science with Children's Books Nurturing Engaged Readers Motivating Reluctant Readers Book Discussion facilitator: National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Mock Caldecott Medal Mock YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Mock Sibert Medal Mock Coretta Scott King Award One Book, One Chicago GLBTQA community book discussion Suburban Mosaic Book of the Year


Toby Rajput, National Board Certified Teacher,(renewed 2012), directs the School Library program at National Louis University and is the Children's and Youth Literature Librarian for the University and for the Center for Teaching through Children's Books. Toby has experience in public, school and academic libraries; she served as Area Library Coordinator in the district office for Chicago Public Schools, overseeing over a hundred libraries in the system. She has presented at conferences, in classes, and for colleagues on reading motivation, nurturing engaged readers and evaluating children's books for racism and bias. Toby has served as an audiobook judge for the Audio Publishers' Association for a number of years. Most recently, she served as a member of the 2012 American Library Association's Sibert Medal committee to select the most distinguished informational book of the year. A published scholar in the area of authenticity in books, Toby reviews children's books for School Library Journal.


BA Bachelor of Arts University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI MLIS Masters in Library and Information Science Dominican University, River Forest, IL Ongoing coursework and professional development, particularly related to children's literature

Research and Interests:

School library advocacy Using Children's Literature for Teaching and Learning #WeNeedDiverseBooks Creating culturally authentic collections Critical thinking, multiple literacies, 21st century learners, inquiry-based learning Designing quality online coursework

Contact Information:

Toby Rajput
National Louis University
5202 Old Orchard Road
Skokie, IL 60077
(224) 233-2515


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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