Academy of American Poets
Offers a wealth of poetry resources, including specialized information for librarians and teachers.
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.
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.
Children's Literacy Initiative
CLI provides training programs for teachers in pre-K through grade 3 on how to foster reading readiness and literacy. Their research-based methods integrate children's literature and promote reading aloud as part of the program.
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.
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.
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 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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA)
Works to promote excellence in the teaching of science. NSTA sponsors the annual Outstanding Science Trade Books list. Their web site has teacher resources, publications, a listing of professional development opportunities and more.
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.
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, 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.
Reading with Pictures
"Reading With Pictures advocates for the use of comics in the classroom and beyond to promote literacy and improve educational outcomes for all students. We work with academics to cultivate groundbreaking research into the proper role of comics in education."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies (WCSS)
The statewide affiliate of the National Council for the Social Studies works to promote social studies and thprofessional development of social studies educators. WCSS sponsors an annual conference among other activities.
Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English/Language Arts (WCTE/LA)
The statewide affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English sponsors an annual convention and publishes the Wisconsin English Journal, among other activities.
Wisconsin State Reading Association (WSRA)
The statewide affiliate of the International Reading Association works to promote excellence in reading at the state level by "providing leadership in addressing issues and trends in reading and language arts to inform educators, families and community."
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.