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A Selection of Literacy Websites

100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know
Have you read Tuesday by David Wiesner or Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag? Are you familiar with Say's Grandfather's Journey? Have you laughed along with Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman? If these titles don't ring a bell, you might want to go to this New York Public Library list to find out what else you've been missing in the world of children's picture books!

ALA's Great Sites for Children: Literature and Language
Are you too busy to hunt down your own websites? Are you having trouble finding websites that match your children's literature needs? If so, why not start your literature search on the American Library Association's "Literature and Language-Sites for Children"? Categories include: Favorite Children's Stories, Expanding the Classics, Authors and Illustrators, Look It Up!, Writing by Children, and Children's Book Awards. Each link has a short description for that particular site to help guide you in your selections.

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site
"This is 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." Carol Hurst delivers all that she promises in her website welcome, and more. Featured books include related titles and websites, as well as the activities and discussion questions. While you're visiting the site, don't forget to sign up for the monthly email newsletter.

The Children's Book Council
CBC's bi-monthly showcase shouldn't be missed. The latest one focuses on books about space. There is a special interest section devoted to authors and illustrators as well as one where readers are notified of the latest book releases.

Children's Literature Web Guide
The Children's Literature Web Guide is devoted entirely to "Internet Resources Related to Books for Children and Young Adults." The information is organized in several main categories, which are then further categorized. For example, one section, "More Links", has categories which include "Authors on the Web", "Readers' Theatre", "Digging Deeper: Research Guides and Indexes" and "Resources for Storytellers". Don't be fooled by the inclusion of a special "Resources for Teachers" section, as everything on this site is a resource for teachers.

What is a Cyberguide? Cyberguides are "supplementary, standards-based, web-delivered units of instruction centered on core works of literature. Each Cyberguide contains a student and teacher edition, standards, a task and a process by which it may be completed, teacher-selected web sites and a rubric, based on California Language Arts Content Standards." There are plenty cyberguides to choose from, and your selection is made simpler because the guides are divided by grade levels. There are even some teacher and student activity banks for you to check out. If you are looking for ways to further integrate technology into your classroom, these guides are perfect examples of one possibility.

Cynthia Leitich Smith
There are featured books and links of the month, eighteen categories of bibliographies, teacher/reading guides, and quotes from authors. There's a section of "Readers' Resources" and information related to "Race, Culture, Religion, Gender, and Sexual Orientation in Children's and Young Adult Books", and much, much more on this excellent website.

Fairrosa Cyber Library of Children's Literature
Take the Newbery Honor books survey. Linger a while in the "Reading Room" where you'll find classics, fairy and folk tales, stories and rhymes, magazines and professional journals. Browse the "Reference Shelf" for information about authors, illustrators, book reviews and articles. Take a slight turn into the Child_Lit archived discussion topics section for some lively and informed reading.

International Reading Association
Stay informed about the latest literacy news. Access the many professional resources including archived articles from The Reading Teacher, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy and Reading Today.

ISLMC Children's Literature & Language Arts Resources
"Want to Talk" about children's literature? Then check out the section on newspapers, chat rooms listservs and discussion groups. Need some "Literary Enrichment Activities"? You'll find some related to storytelling, drama, creative dramatics, reader's theatre, puppetry, music and songs. Preparing for an author study? Check out the authors and illustrators pages. While you're there, you can also access information about book awards, book reviews, genre, web links and more.

Kay E. Vandergrift's Special Interest Page
"This website is a means of sharing ideas and information with all those interested in literature for children and young adults." Comprehensive sections are devoted to: children's literature, authors & illustration, the history of children's literature, gender & culture in picture books, young adult literature and more. This is truly an excellent resource for those new to the world of children's literature as well as those who are well read in this area.

Need answers for your book club questions? Are you looking for recently published books with "the potential to become classics?" Are you scrambling for titles in particular series? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you should definitely head to this site that is geared toward books for young readers.

Nancy J. Keane's Children's Literature Webpage
This site features lists of Keane's publications, her virtual library, a list of workshops, reading lists, and literature links. But the don't miss feature on this site is the section titled "Booktalks-Quick and Simple". In this section, over 1,200 K-12 booktalks are available through author, title, subject, and interest level searches. Keane also provides booktalking tips.

National Council of Teachers of English
The website is designed so that elementary, middle, secondary, and college instructors have their own particular section. This allows easier access to what you're specifically interested in reading.

Project Gutenberg
Since 1971, the idea behind Project Gutenberg has been to make books available online. This site contains the full text of "classic books from the start of this century and previous centuries, from authors like Shakespeare, Poe, Dante, as well as well-loved favorites like the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Tarzan and Mars books of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as told by Lewis Carroll, and thousands of others."

The Reading Corner
When you access this page you'll first read the purpose of the site is "to write book reviews for readers in grades 2-8 that give a little more information than what you find in the library catalog." This searchable site does this and more. The book reviews can be found by searching by author's last name, book title, or subject. However, they can also be accessed through categories such as Young Adult, Nonfiction, and Picture Books. The site provides additional information related to state awards and the Author Corner, "a place to meet authors and illustrators of children's and young adult books." This site certainly is "a place to find good books to read."

The Reading Rainbow
Find out how your students can enter the "Young Writers & Illustrators Contest." Listen to book reviews and descriptions. Read and evaluate the books on LeVar's Booklist. There's even a section of games and activities.

"Book Clubs and Reading Guides for Teens," author profiles, and book reviews are just a few of the fine features on this site that is devoted to young adult literature. While visiting the site you can also subscribe to the monthly newsletter.

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