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Children's and Young Adult Literature: Special Collections and Topics

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.

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.

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.

Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature
Librarian Lisa Bartle has indexed over 5,000 titles from more than 60 awards and best-of-the-year lists to create this free, searchable database, and she continues to keep it updated. Users can choose to narrow their search based on criteria such as age of reader, setting (nation or urban/rural), historical period, and ethnicity/nationality of protagonist, as well as specific award or best-of-the-year list. Keyword searching is also available.

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.

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.

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.

International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)
An international organization with regional sections in many countries across the globe, IBBY works to promote international understanding through children's books.

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.

Kerlan Collection
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.

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.

Native American Books
Part of Native American Indian Resources, an outstanding site created by Paula Giese for Native teachers and students, includes content reviews of books by and about American Indians, reviewed by Native critics such as Lisa Mitten and Naomi Caldwell Wood. The reviews are organized by subject, author, title, tribe, and age level.

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.

Picturing Books
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).

Rainbow List
Annual list of books for children and teens that contain signficant gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer or questiong (GLBTQ) content. (American Library Association/Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table and Social Responsibilities Round Table)

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!

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.

United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY)
The United States national section of IBBY works in this country to promote international children's literature and the exchange of information about books and reading.

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.

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.

 


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