Links of the Month Archive
2011 ALA Youth Media Awards
Get ready for the announcement of the 2011 American Library Association children's and young adult literature award winners!
A Year of Reading
Two classroom teachers offer perspectives on new children's books and reflections on books from the past in this thoughtful reflection on literature and teaching.
AAAS/Subaru/Science Books and Films Prize for Excellence in Science Books
For outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults (American Association for the Advancement of Science/Science Books and Films)
Academy of American Poets
Offers a wealth of poetry resources, including specialized information for librarians and teachers.
This outstanding British on-line journal edited by Michael Thorn is chock-full of information about children's and young adult literature. Its emphasis is the U.K., but it takes a global approach to youth literature as a whole. In addition to book news and book reviews, you'll find a wealth of biographical information about authors and illustrators here. Thorn's monthly interviews with guest authors and illustrators are lively, informative, and not to be missed! more. A chatroom and blog provide added interest.
This site provides information and resources to parents and educators of struggling readers. In addition to research articles, classroom strategies, tips for parents, and other information, there is a comprehensive Books section that includes thematic reading lists and interviews with authors for young adults.
ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom Blog
Get up-to-date news and commentary on the work of the American Library Association (ALA) Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) from the ALA/OIF's official blog, which has its pulse on activity at the national level as well as in indivdual states and communities.
The official blog of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) of the American Library Association (ALA)features news, issues and informative musings from a slate of volunteer bloggers who work as youth services librarians around the country.
American Indian Youth Literature Award
For the best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians. (American Indian Library Association) (September, 2006: This award does not yet have it's own web site. This links to the AILA site, which features information and criteria for this newly established award. Read the press release about the first winners, announced September 5.)
American Indians in Children's Literature Blog
Debbie Reese (Nambe Pueblo) provides a critical thoughts on children's and young adult literature by and about American Indians through this blog, which is an outstanding resource for librarians, teachers, and others to expand their own critical thinking, analaysis, and evaluation skills.
AS IF! Authors Supporting Intellectual Freedom
AS IF! "champions those who stand against censorship, especially of books for and about teens." Members include many contemporary young adult authors. They sharing their thoughts and news about intellectual freedom and censorship attempts.
Author (and Illustrator) Name Pronunciations
TeachingBooks.net invites authors and illustrators to call in and record the pronunication of their names. Many writers and artists include a short anecdote, too. This feature of the TeachingBooks site is available to non-subscribers. Take a listen!
Banned Books Week
is an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association to promote the importance of the freedom to read for all. The Banned Books Week website provides information on Bannded Books Week 2005 information and activities, as well as resources and information on censorship and intellectual freedom.
Booktrailers for Readers
Florida library media specialist Michelle Harclerode started this site to promote the Sunshine State Book Award books. It has grown to include her own trailers, professional trailers,and trailers created by kids. There is also how-to information on making book trailers and other information for teachers and librarians.
Caldecott Medal 75th Anniversary Scrapbook
Take a visual tour through the history of the Caldecott Medal for most distinguished illustration in a picture book for children published in the United States.
Musings on picture books, with an eye toward the annual Caldecott Award, from Horn Book Magazine.
The Children's Book Council is the non-profit trade association for children's book publishers. "CBC Diversity" is a CBC committee "dedicated to increasing the diversity of voices and experiences contributing to children’s and young adult literature."
CCBC Directory of Wisconsin Children's Book Creators
The CCBC's online directory of authors and illustrators living in Wisconsin and willing to make appearances at libraries and schools features more than 60 individuals, with information about their books and programs.
The CCBC's own blog looking at new books, trends and more in children's and young adult literature.
Center for Children's Literature and Culture (CCLC)
An interdisciplinary center at the University of Florida, CCLC members include faculty, researchers, teachers, librarians, media specialists, artists, writers and others whose work or interests connect to materials for childen in print and other media. One of CCLC's primary resources is the University of Florida's Baldwin Collection of Historical Children's Literature. Among CCLC's unique offerings is Recess!, a daily radio program of reviews, historical and biographical notes, commentaries, interviews, and sound essays that explores the world of children's culture, past and present.
Center for Children's Literature, Bank Street College of Education
The Center for Children's Literature at the Bank Street College of Education believes "learning to read gives a child a tool for acquiring information. Loving to read equips a child with an essential set of skills for developing a rich, imaginative and ever-expanding life." The Center supports students and faculty at Banks Street, and, through its annual children's literature awards and best-of-the-year list, promotes high-quality children's literature for use in education and beyond.
Children's Book-A-Day Almanac
Book reviews and background information are included this engaging site from children's literature expert Anita Silvey. The alamanac features a main book for each day, as well as book suggestions for many of the major and minor celebrations each day. The "Find a Book" database organizes the selections by age, subject, format (genre), author/illstrator, and date. The interactive sites enables comments on the reviews.
Originally a print newsletter, Children's Literature is now an online resource that features information about authors and illustrators (including a fairly comprehensive listing with links to their web sites), teaching resources and themed reviews. The site also is the home of the Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD), a fee-based service that provides access to full-text reviews from a number of prominent journals, award and best-of-the-year list information, reading levels and more for thousands of titles. (A free trial for CLCD is available.)
Children's Literature Assembly
This affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) advocates for the use of children's literature as core component of education. They also administer the annual "Notable Children's Book in English Language Arts" list.
Children's Literature Network
Established in 2002, this organization has a focus in the upper Midwest (Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Upper Michigan, and Wisconsin) and works to connect adults who are "passionate about encouraging kids to read." Members include authors, illustrators, editors, teachers, librarians and others. The site features profiles of member authors and illustrators and short bios of many other authors and artists, including their birthdays. Signed copies of members' books are often for sale. Members also share favorite reads, themed reading lists, and more on the site.
Children's Literature Web Guide
Once the best starting point for exploring children's and young adult literature on the web, this site from David K. Brown of the University of Calgary has not been updated regularly since 2001. There are now other sites that provide much more comprehensive information, but this one is still worth checking out for some of its unique links, especially those with educators in mind.
Children's Picture Book Database at Miami University
Searchable abstracts of over 5,000 picture books comprise this database designed for use by librarians, teachers, students and parents looking for literature on a specific theme or topic.
Children's Poetry Archive
"When poets read aloud, they breathe life into the poems." That idea is the impetus behind this project that offers recordings of poems from 28 writers whose works will appeal to children and teens. The poems appear in print in addition to recorded versions. Among the poets included in the archive are James Berry, Valerie Bloom, Roald Dahl, Langston Hughes and Michael Rosen. Brief biographies of each poet are included along with information about when the recordings were made. Poems may be searched by author or subject. This project, which is based on Britain, also includes information about British publications that feature the poems.
Collecting Children's Books
A children's book enthusiast, reviewer, writer and collector writes about children's books old and new on this blog, offering insightful and engaging opinions, including his take on future collectibles. With opening lines such as "I've always wished I could go to one of Cher's garage sales" in addition to thoughtful commentaries, what's not to love?
Coretta Scott King Book Awards Curriculum Resource Center
This unique and invaluable searchable database of Coretta Scott King award-winning books and honor books allows searching by subject area and/or grade level, and includes original interviews with the book creators about the books, and links to additional resources about the books.
Deaf Characters in Adolescent Literature
Gallaudet University professor Sharon Pajka's blog offers reviews, recommendations, and interviews with authors of young adult literature featuring deaf characters on this informative site.
deGrummond Children's Literature Collection
The deGrummond Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi is a research collection focusing on both historical and contemporary American and British literature for youth. Their web site includes an online exhibit on The Black Experience in Children's Literature.
Diversity in YA
Diversity in YA is a celebration of young adult books "about all kinds of diversity, from race to sexual orientation to gender identity and disability. Our goal is to bring attention to books and authors that might fall outside the mainstream, and to bring the margin to the center. We encourage an attitude of openness and curiosity, and we welcome questions and discussion."
Dr. Seuss Collection
This collection is part of the Mandeville Special Collections Library, University of California at San Diego. On the web site you'll find "Dr. Seuss Went to War: A Catalog of Political Cartoons by Dr. Seuss" and "The Advertising Artwork of Dr. Suess," which was done before Theordore Geisel's entry into the world of children's books.
EEK! Environmental Education for Kids
An electronic magazine for students grades 4-8, created by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This extremely child-friendly site has lots of nature activites and information for kids, as well as a terrific section created especially for teachers.
Embracing the Child
is a nonprofit working to develop libraries for homeless and domestic abuse shelters and other havens for children and families in crisis. Their web site includes original interviews with featured authors of the month, thematic and age-based booklists, and much more.
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
The museum features picture book art from around the world, as well as the work of Eric Carle himself. Guest exhibits highlight the work of other outstanding picture book artists.
Favorite Teenage Angst Books
While this site hasn't been regularly updated since 2002, it's still worth a visit for its fresh, thematic approach to young adult literature. Reviews are organized into categories such as "Sex and Love," "Fitting In," "Mixed-Up Families," "Journeys," "Pressure," and others. It also features author interviews.
Sharp, thoughtful reviews and reflections on young adult literature, with eyes turned especially toward fantasy, speculative fiction, and all aspects of diversity.
This not-for-profit web site run by a high school student and his dad invites reviews of books from children and teens. The young reviewers pen their responses to books ranging from old standbys to advance reader copies of books that are about to be released and have been submitted by publishers or authors for review. The site links books reviewed to amazon.com for purchase, with proceeds earned used to purchase books for libraries in need.
Freedom to Read Foundation
The Freedom To Read Foundation is the First Amendment legal defense arm of the American Library Association (ALA). The FTRF provides legal assistance and financial support in court cases involving the First Amendment and libraries.
Gene Luen Yang
Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang writes about comics and graphic novels as an art form, and using them in education, on his web site and blog.
Diana Tixier Herald, author of a number of books exploring young adult and adult literature through genres, posts reviews, both her own, and by teen/young adult readers. Reviews include new/ recently published books, nominees for lists such as Best Books for Young Adults and Quick Picks, and others across a number of genres.
Graphic Novel Reporter
This site provides reviews of graphic novels published for kids, teens, and adults, as well as interviews, information about upcoming releases, feature stories, a blog and much more.
Grow Up Reading
This terrific site developed by the West Bloomfield Township Public Library in West Bloomfield, Michigan, offers parents, early care providers and others a quick and easy guide to brain development and emergent literacy for children from birth through second grade. For each age, there is also a host of suggested activities to support literacy, tips for sharing books, and a bibliography of suggested titles to get things started.
Growing Wisconsin Readers
Tips for parents and other adult caregivers for sharing books with young children.
Guys Read features books and ideas to promote literacy among boys (and men). It features recommended reading lists, a database searchable by author, title, and topic, links to selected authors, and more. Author Jon Sciescka is man behind the "Guys Read" idea.
Harry Potter's World of Magic Theme Park
Andy and his mom Ali have combined their considerable creative talents to produce one of the most original Harry Potter fan sites on the web. After hearing that Warner Brothers was thinking of developing a Harry Potter Theme Park, Andy and Ali began to imagine what such a park would be like, and now you can visit their version yourself on the World Wide Web. Not only will you get to enjoy their imaginative rides, food stands, shops, shows, and games, you can also click on "creators' secrets" to learn how and why they created various attractions. Don't miss the Top Ten lists, the character interviews, or the "About Us" section where you can learn about the webmasters via cleverly designed wizard cards. Just like a real theme park, you could spend days wandering through here and still feel like you hadn't seen everything yet. Be sure to participate in the poll, too, to vote for your favorite site for the park. Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is definitely the dark horse candidate at this point, but at least it's edging out Paris.
Horn Book Virtual History Exhibit
Created by Lolly Robinson to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the first magazine to focus on the literary criticism of children's books, this virtual tour through the Horn Book archives is like a walk through 20th century children's literature. In addition to providing a history of the magazine and its editors, as well as a sampling of favorite articles from the past, you will also find letters from authors, illustrators, and readers, original illustrations from children's book artists, and radio interviews with Robert McCloskey, James Marshall, Uri Shulevitz, and Rosemary Wells.
Interesting Nonfiction for Kids is a blog offering perspectives on writing--and reading--nonfiction from authors. A varied and often distinguished list of posters shares insight into their own work and responses to the work of others.
I.N.K. Think Tank
Nonfiction authors who are part of the I.N.K. (Interesting Nonfiction for Kids) community have joined together to create a searchable database of their books, mapped to national standards in social studies and science.
International Children's Digital Library
The ICDL Foundation's goal is to "build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world." As of March, 2013, the collection has over 4,500 books in 61 languages. Books are searchable by country of origin, language, age of audience and other traits. The website itself is available in 20 languages.
International Reading Association (IRA)
"Dedicated to promoting high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction, disseminating research and information about reading, and encouraging the lifetime reading habits" IRA is the sponsor, with the Children's Book Council (www.CBCBooks.org), of the annual Teacher's Choices, Children's Choices, and Young Adults Choices booklists. In addition to these, look for the latest research in reading and more on their web site.
Into the Book
This reading comprehension program was created by the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board and focuses on eight research-based comprehension strategies. There is an interactive component for students, and multiple resources for teachers to provide support for putting the strategies to work in the classroom.
"Thoughts on the cover art of kids' books" is the tag line for this blog offering comments and criticism on children's and young adult literature book cover art and design.
In addition to biographical information, FAQs, and background on each of her many picture books and children's and young adult novels, author Jacqueline Woodson's site features pages with special information for readers, teachers, and caregivers.
Journal of Children's Literature
A publication of the Children's Literature Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), this refereed publication "explores issues of current concern to scholars in the field of children's literature, teachers of children's literature, librarians, and classroom teachers—preschool through middle school."
Author Joyce Sidman creates wonderful books of poetry for children. Visitors to her web site can not only find out about her books, they can read journal excerpts (documenting when robins nested on her porch), get advice for teaching poetry and writing poetry (including "poem starters" for kids), read samples of work from young poets, and find out about other great poets for children.
What does Judy Blume have to say about writing, censorship, and her books for children and teens? Find out on her web site, which has content for children and teens as well as adults.
Just One More Book!
Andrea Ross and Mark Blevins are passionate about children's books and share their lively appreciation in podcasts recorded three times a week at a coffee shop in Ottawa, Ontario. Their program includes book reviews, and interviews with authors and illustrators, while listeners send in their own audio reveiws to share. It's all accessible on a well-organized web site.
One of the premier children's literature research collections, the Kerlan Collection includes original manuscripts, artwork, galleys, and color proofs for more than 12,000 children’s book. This is in addition to an extensive children's literature collection, reference collection, and other materials.
KidLit Celebrates Women's History Month
Organizers and guest bloggers celebrate the wonderful ways women's history is highlighted and explored through children's and young adult literature.
Kids Books Central
A sibling site of Young Adults Book Central, this site invites parents or younger readers to join its online community to write reviews and read reviews.
Subtitled "The Society of Bloggers in Children's and Young Adult Literature," Kidslitosphere aims to provide a central starting point for discovering the world of children's and young adult literature blogs. It's a great way to become acquainted with the many and varied voices waying in on books for youth in the blogosphere.
Latina/os in Kid Lit
Exploring and celebrating Latino children's literature.
Latinas for Latino Lit
This education and literacy organization works to advance literacy among Latinos through efforts such as the Latino Summer Reading Program.
Library of Congress Learning Pages
This site is a terrific resource for teaching about U.S. history. In addition to the vast amount of online information available on pages designed for both students and teachers, the site features activites, lesson plans and more for a wide range of topics, including teaching students about copyright issues on the web. There are also guidelines for using primary sources in the classroom, and links to additional recommended resources.
Author Lois Lowry's web site includes information about her books, a number of her original speeches, biographical information, and a link to her lively blog.
M. T. Anderson
Visit author M. T. Anderson's engaging web site to discover information about each of his books for children, teens and adults; and read a number of his intelligent, insightful speeches and articles.
Mitali's Fire Escape
Author Mitali Perkins blog is subtitled "a safe place between cultures to chat about books." She discusses and explores multicultural literature, encourages teen writing, and offers thoughtful perspectives.
Have readers who can't get enough of horror stories? Here's a site with book reviews and recommendations, author interviews, and more, all for the love of horror--and books and reading, of course!
Mrs. Mad's Book-a-Rama
Mrs. Mad is the nickname of a primary school teacher in England whose site shows not only her passion for good books but also her understanding of young readers. Her child-friendly reviews, for example, appear in question-and-answer format: What's it about? What happens? Is it easy to read? and they give you an opportunity to tell her what you think about the book. You can also search for books by age level and reading interests, or take a look at Mrs. Mad's own Top 50 books. In addition to her excellent literature information, she provides links to sites of interest to young readers (and their parents).
National Book Award
For literary achievement in young people's literature (National Book Foundation)
National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
NCCIL was established in Abilene, Texas, in 1997 as a museum devoted to children's book illustration. Their impressive web page includes general information about the Center and their exhibits, as well as an activity page for children, based on their current exhibit.
National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance
NCBLA is a non-profit organization that works toward making "issues related to young people's literacy, literature and libraries an ongoing priority on our national agenda." The NCBLA has resources for parents and guardians, teacher, librarians, mentors and others, all aimed at fostering awareness of the importance of reading, literature, libraries and literacy efforts. Their efforts include promotion of children's and teens' right to read. Their web site includes speeches and interviews with chidren's and young adult book creators, many links, an activists alerts and many literacy-related resources.
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
Serves as an umbrella organization for elementary, secondary, and college teachers of history, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and law-related education. NCSS sponsors the annual list of Notable Trade Books for Young People for social studies (in conjunction with the Children's Book Council - www.CBCBooks.org). NCSS is also the sponsor of the annual Carter G. Woodson book award. Look for research, hands-on teaching tools, and more on their web site.
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Works to advance teaching, research, and student achievement in English language arts at all scholastic levels. NCTE focuses on literacy at all levels and has resources for teachers, students, and parents on its web site. NCTE also has an extensive publications program, creating booklists and other resources for educators.
No Flying, No Tights
A graphic novel review site run by three enthusiasts, one of who is a practicing librarian. Great for both novices to the graphic novel scene and avid readers, it will be particularly helpful to adults working with children and teens wanting to learn about this field of literature and to read reviews. The main page links to three related sites: "No Flying, No Tights," the original, focuses on graphic novels for teens. "Sidekicks" looks at graphic novels for children. "The Lair" is graphic novels for adults and teens.
Two librarians offer up reviews of non-fiction for children and teens, and suggestions for "Common Core In Real Libraries": book suggestions on various topics.
Noted writers of non-fiction for children share brief (one to two-minute) nonfiction pieces on a wide range of topics.
Notes from the Windowsill
is an online book review journal "celebrating children's books loved by adult readers." Editor Wendy E. Betts, who formerly worked on WEB: Celebrating Children's Literature, offers reviews from that journal, as well as new reviews, and news about upcoming releases, particularly reissues of old favorites.
This "site for ravenous readers" features bookslists by genre and theme as well as timely information on books published for young adults and adults receiving starred reviews in one or more professional review journals. Among the featured lists is "Adult Books for Teens."
Page by Page
This site sponsored by the National Library of Canada follows the creation of two Canadian picture books: Zoom Upstream written by Tim Wynne-Jones and illustrated by Eric Beddows; and School by author/artist Ginette Anfousse.
You don't have to be a newcomer to the world of children's literature to be daunted at the thought of evaluating picture book art. Picturing Books can serve as a primer for anyone wanting to increase their understanding and knowledge of the art of picture books. The site provides excellent information about the anatomy and art of the picture book. Among the site's most valuable components are sections that define various artistic media and styles with examples (often but not always drawn from Caldecott titles).
Don't let the chaotic appearance of this site keep you from spending a little time exploring its many thematic booklists (great for storytimes or classroom units) and recommended reads for children. Former teacher Esme Raji Codell also instituted the Chapman Awards for Best Classroom Read-Aloud, and features this on her site as well.
Poetry 180 is the project that poet Billy Collins undertook when he was Poet Laureate of the United States. On this site hosted by the Library of Congress, you'll find his selection of poems for high school students--one for each day of the school year, as well as tips on reading and sharing poetry and other information.
Poetry for Children
Sylvia Vardell's blog features news and commentaries about poetry for children and teens. She doesn't post frequently, but her posts are informed and enthusiastic about poetry for--and sharing poetry with--youth.
Poetry for Children
This blog from scholar, author and poetry advocate Sylvia Vardell discusses and celebrates poetry for children and is a great entry point for finding out about quality children's poetry publishing, or reveling in the enthusiasm as she writes about reading and sharing poetry with youth.
Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read trains pediatric doctors and nurses to advise parents on the importance of books and reading aloud to young children. It also provides start-up money and book selection guidance so that clinics that become offical ROR sites can distribute a book to every child at their check-ups.
Read Aloud America
This program to promote reading aloud at home is based in Hawaii but still has some great resources, including book recommendations and tips for parents, that anyone can use.
Read Kiddo Read
Check out the "Community" and "Educator" areas of this site. They feature author interviews, lesson plans, and ways to connect with others around books for children and teens. There are also recommended booklists by age on genre as part of this literacy project spearheded by author James Patterson.
Read On Wisconsin!
Launched in September, 2004, this site is the online book club of Wisconsin First Lady Jessica Doyle. Children and teens are invited to read the featured book each month and log on to share their responses.
Read to Me
The site provides details about this innovative program developed by UW-Madison alum Susan Straub in the New York City public schools to encourage teen mothers to read to their babies. The site includes a step-by-step description of the program, which is adaptable to many kinds of new parents in many types of situations. Don't miss the extremely helpful tips for reading aloud to babies, which are arranged as questions and answers. Ms. Straub has given the CCBC permission to webcast a thirty-minute video that demonstrates her program.
Read, Write, Think
A collaboration between the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the International Reading Association (IRA) and Marcopolo, Read,Write, Think provides "educators and students with access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction through free, Internet-based content." The site includes lesson plans, online materials to use directly with students, and a terrific selection of links in the "Web Resources" gallery.
Reading Online is a peer-reviewed, online journal published by the International Reading Association. The journal focuses on literacy practice and research in classrooms serving students aged 5 to 18, and covers traditional print literacy, as well as visual literacy, critical literacy, media literacy, digital literacy, and more. A special mission of the journal is to support professionals as they integrate technology in the classroom. The journal features text, video, audio and graphics, and invites reader participation.
Created by middle school librarian Jennifer Hubert, this site is comprised of annotated bibliographies on high-interest topics for teens such as weight and eating disorders, gay teens, rock bands, teen vampires, spirituality, and drugs. Even nonreaders are likely to be attracted to Jen's recommended reading lists that all have catchy titles such as "Boy Meets Book," "Reality Bites," and "Slacker Fiction," and her chatty reviews of each title make for pleasurable reading, too.
Reading Rockets is a national project designed to disseminate the latest research on how kids learn to read, along with ideas for books and activities to foster reading readiness and reading success, and how to help struggling readers. The lively web site has a wealth of information for families, as well as for educators. The project is a service of WETA, a public television station in Washington, D.C., and includes a PBS series and special, a teleconferencing series for teacher professional development, a mentoring project for first-year teachers, and much more.
This non-profit organization based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, blends progressive vision, theory, and practice in its work. Rethinking Schools produces publications to promote "equity and . . .the vision that public education is central to the creation of a humane, caring, multiracial democracy." Check out the "Archives" to get full-text access to selected articles in the quarterly Rethinking Schools journal, as well as the complete tables of contents.
SB&F (Science Books & Films)
This online journal (formerly a print publication) is published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. It reviews print and nonprint materials about the sciences for all ages. A subscription is required for full access, but a sample issue and sample reviews are available free, as are their annual "Best Books" lists.
Science Fiction and Fantasy for Children
Linda Day, a librarian at the University of Guelph in Ontario, has compiled this searchable database of science fiction and fantasy book she recommends for children and teenagers. It provides detailed plot descriptions, and age and grade level recommendations. A great resource for any librarian, teacher, parent or reader looking for book suggestions, or looking to find the name of a book they can remember by plot but not title.
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
This member oranization for published and aspiring writers and illustrator offers a variety of services "to people who write, illustrate or share a vital interest in children's literature." There are regional conferences sponsored by regional chapters, as well as two international conferences. SCBWI also sponsors five children's literature awards, including the Golden Kite. Aspiring authors and artists will find their Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions about Children's Book Publishing particularly helpful. And if you're looking for an author or illustrator to speak, take a look at their a href="http://www.scbwi.org/speakers-bureau/" target="_blank">Speaker's Bureau.
South Asia Book Award
For books that "accurately and skillfully" depict South Asia/South Asian experience, including the South Asian diaspora (South Asia National Outreach Consortium)
Spaghetti Book Club
This literacy inititiave encourages kids to read, and then think and write about books. Anyone can go to their site and read reviews by kids who have participated through their school or any other organization that has joined the Spaghetti Book Club. Only members get the group's curriculum and the ability to post kids' reviews.
SurLaLune Fairy Tale Pages
This site provides excellent information about many of the most popular fairy tales, with individual pages for each tale that includes a history, scholarly annotation, similar tales, themes, illustrations, and a bibiliography. Begun as a a student project when the webmistress, Heidi Anne Heiner, was in library school, this site is cleanly designed, easily accessible, and frequently updated. A treat for scholars and browsers alike!
A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance offers lesson plans, bibliographies and other curriculum materials for teaching respect for and appreciation of diversity. It also offers resources for parents, teens, and children. Use the site's "search" feature to locate specific types of materials.
This extensive site created especially with teachers in mind not only has scores of links to author and illustrator web sites, information about awards, and teachers' guides, it also features original films about such children's literature luminaries as Jack Gantos, David Macaulay, and David Wiesner. Seachable by subject and grade level, you can also sign up to be notified whenever anything matching your special interests is added.
Among the many resources it catalogs and creates, TeachingBooks.net has always provided original videos featuring authors and illustrators at work in their studios. Did you know they also feature a different author or illustrator guest blogging each month? The book creators write an original post "that reveals insights about their process and craft." The TeachingBooks.net blog also features authors on "blog tour," offering insights on specific titles they've created, and "Nick's Pick" posts from founder Nick Glass offering timeley reflections on children's and young adult literture. While some older content on the blog is only accessible to TeachingBooks.net subscribers, all the features noted here are availbable to anyone.
Teen Literature Network
An offshoot of the Children's Literature Network, TLN brings together focuses on teen books and their creators, readers, and supporters. A self-described "work in progress," the site invites visitors to "become a part of this shapeshifting process by recommending your favorite teen books and authors, and by sharing your ideas about new features we can implement on the site."
Part of the Book Report Network, this online forum provides teens with a place to talk about literature. The site features teen reviews of books, author profiles and interviews, an online newsletter, and a forum for responding to a question of the month relating to books.
The Brown Bookshelf
A site dedicated to promoting "awareness of the myriad of African American voices writing for young readers" highlights books both new and old. Their "28 Days Later" initiative is an annual event during Black History Month in February to profile established and up-and-coming Black authors and artists.
The CCBC Harry Potter Pages
In addition to our own reviews of each of the Harry Potter books, our Harry Potter pages provide citations for other reviews, articles and interviews that look at the varying social and cultural responses to the books, and a virtual exhibit that looks at Harry Potter around the World.
(Debut Authors in 2011) (February 2011)
"The Elevensies" is an online community of children's and young adult authors (young adult and middle grade novels) whose debut books are coming out in 2011.
The Pirate Tree: Social Justice and Children's Literature
This web site has been developed by a group of authors as a place to promote awareness and discussion of social justice issues in literature for children and teens. "We are interested in books and writers that question and rebel against the status quo, argue for peace and reconciliation, take the side of the marginalized and powerless, and use creative solutions to overcome obstacles."
Thirty Poets, Thirty Days on GottaBook
During April 2009 this children's literature blog is celebrating National Poetry Month by featuring previously unpublished poems--one a day--from children's poets such as Arnold Adoff, Nikki Grimes, Pat Mora, Ann Whitford Paul, Jack Prelutsky and others.
Today's Reading News
Find out what is being written about literacy and education in newspapers across the country. Part of the Reading Rockets web site, "Today's Reading News" provides daily links to articles and news reports in the media.
A project of Teachers and Families Working Together, TogetheRead promotes family literacy and shared reading experiences, providing suggested books for kids from birth through high school to experience with adults in their lives.
Read-aloud advocate Jim Trelease (author of The Read-Aloud Handbook) doesn't have the easiest site to navigate, but with a little patience you'll locate insightful and inspiring chapters from his book, as well as his essays on a variety of other topics. Click on the "Site Contents" link in lefthand column of the main page for the quickest way to navigate your way around.
University of Iowa Curriculum Resources Library
The site of the Curriculum Resources Library of the College of Education at the University of Iowa includes thematic bibliographies on a wide range of topics drawn from books in its collection. The site also highlights new materials in the collection, from trade books published for children and teens to teacher resources.
Walter Dean Myers
Described by scholar Rudine Sims Bishop as one of the "image-makers" of African American literature for children and teens, Walter Dean Myers passed away July 2, 2014. His web site offers the opportunity to visit or revisit his wonderful writing and thinking about literature, as well as to take a tour through his prolific and influential body of work.
Wands and Worlds: Fantasy and Science Fiction for Children and Teens
This site is the starting point for entry into the Wands and Worlds community, which includes book reviews, chat rooms, fan fiction, a wiki and more. Anyone can browse the site; members ($8 per year; under 13 must have parental permission) get full access to all the site offers.
We Need Diverse Books
This organization "advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people." In addition to promoting creation, publishing and use of diverse books WNDB sponsors a short story contest, award, grant, and mentoring for up-and-coming book creators.
Worlds of Words
This web site from the University of Arizona College of Education promotes using multicultural and international literature as cultural bridges for understanding. The site includes original articles about international, translated, and multicultural books and publishing, booklists and book reviews, a searchable database and links to additional resources.
Young Adult Authors Cafe
Each week a different young adult author is interviewed on this blog that also invites questions from readers. The interviewees check back in the following week to respond to questoins that have been posted.
Young Adult Books Central
Teens can join this online community to write reviews, read reviews, compile reading lists, connect with other readers with similar tastes, and more.