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Children's and Young Adult Literature: General

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.

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!

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 Council
The Children's Book Council (CBC) is the nonprofit trade association for children' book publishers. Their web site includes their member list , which includes a link to each publisher's web site, and information about whether they accept unsolicited manuscripts.

Children's Literature
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 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.

Cynthia Leitich Smith's Resource Pages
There is a wealth of information about children's and young adult literature on author Cynthia Leitich Smith's site, including a commentary on multicultural literature and links to resources.

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.

KidsLit: Books and More for Children and Teens
Tasha Saecker, director of the Menasha Public Library in Menasha, WI, maintains this blog that includes news, reviews and terrific links relating to the world of children's and young adult literature.

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.

Read Roger: The Horn Book Editor's Rants and Raves
Roger Sutton, editor of Horn Book Magazine offers an opinionated look at the world of children's and young adult literature in this blog that offers thought-provoking commentary and sometimes lively debate.

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.

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.


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