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Children's Literature

ABookandAHug -
This site is loaded with resources to help you find a book, write book reviews, create book lists, watch author interviews and so much more.

Bank Street Library: Literature Resources: Book Lists -
The Children's Book Committee of Bank Street College offers comprehensive annotated lists of fiction and nonfiction books for children, infants through age fourteen.

Book Hive: Your Guide to Children's Literature and Books -
BookHive, designed for children ages birth through twelve, their parents, teachers or anyone interested in reading about children's books, provides reader's advisory service and contains hundreds of recommended book reviews in a variety of reading levels and interest areas.

Books 4 Boys -
Here you'll find awesome boy-approved* book suggestions, FREE downloads, and plenty of fun stuff to keep the boys you know reading and-most of all-having fun.

Book Spot: Children's Books -
A directory of links related to children's books. Categories include: Bestsellers, Awards, Reading Lists, Reviews, Online Books

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site -
A collection of reviews of great books for kids, ideas of ways to use them in the classroom and collections of books and activities about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes and professional topics. The Children's Literature Web Guide: Authors & Illustrators -
An extensive list of children's authors & illustrators created by David K. Brown at the U. of Calgary, Canada.

Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC): Books for Children & Young Adults -
The CCBC, a Library of the School of Education at the U. of Wisconsin-Madison, helps librarians, teachers and others to locate the best books possible to meet their needs .

Horn Book: Using Books: School -
Horn Book Magazine's Using Books in School page includes articles related to using children's and young adult books in the classroom.

Into the Book:Teacher Tools -
Into the Book is a multimedia package designed to improve students' reading comprehension, as well as their ability to think and learn across the curriculum.

LB-Kids -
The latest teacher guides, printable author bios, discussion questions and more from Hachette Book Group USA.

The Lexile Framework for Reading -
The Lexile Framework for Reading, an educational tool that links text and readers under a common metric without subjective evaluation, includes an extensive database of lexile scores for children's literature.

Literature Learning Ladders -
Created by Annette Lamb, this site encourages active reading through book-technology connections.

Planet Esme: A WWW.onderful World of Children's Literature -
Lots of children's literature recommendations and reviews by Esme Raji Codell, author and licensed readiologist.

Read.gov -
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress invites people of all ages to discover the fascinating people, places and events that await you whenever you read.

Reading Rockets -
A national multimedia project that offers comprehensive information on helping young children learn to read, a companion to the PBS television series Reading Rockets: Launching Young Readers.

ReadWorks.org -
ReadWorks provides research-based units, lessons, and authentic, leveled non-fiction and literary passages directly to educators online, for free, to be shared broadly.

Scholastic: The Stacks: Books and Authors -
A Scholastic Teachers Resource page featuring children's authors and illustrators.


Book Award Sites

CCBC: Awards and Best-of-the-Year Lists -
The Cooperative Children's Book Center's lists of annual awards and distinctions in children's literature.

Coretta Scott King Award Site -
Presented annually, the Coretta Scott King Award is given to authors and illustrators of African descent whose distinguished books promote an understanding and appreciation of the "American Dream."

Database of Award Winning Children's Literature -
DAWL is a database of almost 6,000 records from 73 awards across six English-speaking countries. Create a tailored reading list of quality children's literature or find out if a book has won one of the indexed awards.

Great Stone Face Book Award -
The Great Stone Face Award is given annually to an author whose book receives the most votes from students in grades 4-6 throughout NH.

John Newbery Medal Award Home Page -
Named in honor of the 18th century British book seller, John Newbery, the Newbery Medal Award is given annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. This site has a complete list of winners from 1922 to the present.

Lady Bug Picture Book Award -
The NH Ladybug Picture Book Award is designed to promote early literacy and honor the best in recent children's picture books. The award is given annually to an author whose book receives the most votes from students in grades K-3 throughout NH.

Randolph Caldecott Medal Award Home Page -
Named in honor of the 19th century English illustrator, Randolph Caldecott, the Caldecott Medal Award is given annually to the artist of the most distinguished children's book. This site has a complete list of medal winning books from 1938 to the present.

Online Books & Reading Activities

ABC Fast Phonics -
A beginning phonics program with over 100 pages, 400 cartoons and click-and-hear words, plus audio narration.

Between the Lions -
Award-winning PBS television series which aims to give kids 4-7 years old some of the experience they need in order to become successful readers.

Book Adventure -
A free reading motivation program for children in grades 1-8.

Children's Books Online: The Rosetta Project -
The largest collection of illustrated antique children's books online, all beautifully illustrated and translated into the languages of the world.

Children's Storybooks Online -
Free online children's books that span age ranges from preschool to young adult.

Epic! - Thousands of popular, high-quality books for K - 5 - free for elementary teachers & librarians in the US.

National Geographic Young Explorer: More Issues -
The National Geographic Young Explorer website has more than 30 wonderful books about nature and animals from around the world.

Oxford Owl: Free eBook Library -
A nice variety of online read aloud books for kids ages 3 - 11. Teachers sign up for a free account to give students full access to the collection.

Project Gutenberg -
The Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog, holding 20,000 free books, is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks.

Sadlier-Oxford: Student: Phonics -
Explore phonetics using word match games, memory cards and many other in-depth activities to teach students (K-6) about letters, sounds and words.

StarFall -
StarFall features rhyming games and high interest books, making learning to read fun.

StoryLine Online -
An online streaming video program featuring Screen Actors Guild members reading children’s books aloud. Each book includes accompanying activities and lesson ideas.

StoryPlace: The Children's Digital Learning Library -
A virtual library storytime with plenty of online books waiting to be read to you.

Teacher Tap: Electronic Books and Online Reading -
Annette Lamb's extensive list of electronic books and online reading resources including interactive stories, articles, and books.