The Children’s Literature Navigator is like a website with one-stop
shopping for links to anything related to children’s literature.
Categories include art resources, authors, children’s book characters,
early childhood links, including Get Ready to Read, folklore, illustrators,
internet resources, story time and puppets, and young adults, among others.
Passport: International Children’s Literature does not include U.S.
authors/illustrators but does have a “Just for Kids” category
with links to several websites promoting communication between kids of
different ethnic backgrounds. It also has a link to The World Fact Book,
a publication of the Central Intelligence Agency that’s very useful
for finding facts about different countries.
Kids Reads has reading lists for children from baby and toddler (ages 1-3)
to older readers (ages 10-12). Listings include a picture of the book cover,
author and publisher information, and a brief book description. Other categories
include more features, authors, series, trivia, reviews, and games, which
are word scrambles related to different books.
Members of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation read children’s books
aloud in this online streaming video program. Each book includes related
activities, and listeners can see the book’s illustrations as the
story is read. Your computer must have a Flash Player plug-in to hear/see
these delightful stories.
Although membership in the International Reading Association costs, there
are many good resources available at no cost from this site. Parent booklets
and brochures can be downloaded free, and under “literacy links” are
many, excellent teacher/parent resources.
This site has hundreds of articles on a range of reading of topics. Most
are for professional educators, but there are a couple neat links. Do a
keyword search for online magazines for children and get links to lots
of online magazines. Some of the content requires a subscription, but much
is free. Using audiobooks as the keyword search brings links to audiobook
reviews, online audiobooks, and suppliers.
In Nancy Polette’s Children’s Literature Site, look under “best
books” to find Polette’s choices for picture books, junior
novels, and non-fiction between the 1990s and 2000. Her literature guides
are intended for teachers but could give you some activity ideas to enhance
your child’s reading enjoyment.
This website by the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance
has a section of Parents/Teachers/Mentors that has links the alliance feels
will help kids become “lifelong readers and writers.” You’ll
be able to link to a variety of websites from “why do kids need books?” to “parent
and guardian basics” to reading advice for first graders through
tweens, to name a few. Other resources include an article on finding
a book that fits your child, how becoming a literacy role model can help
your child become a reader, booklists, and plenty of other parent and
Kids Bookshelf has the expressed goal of “bringing children and books
together.” Among its resources are book reviews for different age
groups, parent links, educational kids’ games, and information so
kids can write to various authors. This site also publishes kids’ poems,
short stories, and book reviews. For safety submitters are identified
only by first name and age
Book Hooks gives readers the chance to publish illustrated book reports
online. The site also had a featured word game and a featured site that
could be used with digital photographs.
This Seussville Games website features online and printable games related
to Dr. Seuss books. Shockwave is required for the online games.
How-To-Study.Com is self-described as “a study skills resource site.” Several
of the links pertain to reading. Among the topics are strategies for
reading textbooks and novels, using reference sources, building comprehension
vocabulary, and flexible reading. Visitors can choose a variety of other
study topics, as well.
The Michigan Department of Education offers “Helping Children Learn
to Read,” beginning with a brief discussion of national research
about the importance of reading. Links are varied, from “Laying the
Foundations of Reading,” “A Child Becomes a Reader,” and “Reading
Rockets: Launching Young Readers.” The latter ties to the PBS series “Reading
Rockets” and connects to eight separate programs.
This literacy guide, sponsored by Bank Street College, features strategies
for successful readers for pre-, during-, and post-reading. Books are suggested
for reading aloud to children and online resources are linked.
Education World focuses on the topic “Reading Aloud – Is It
Worth It?” plus gives links to other online resources about reading
aloud. This curriculum article is feared to teachers but its advice is
applicable at home, as well as at school.
Book-Pop has web-enhanced storybooks children can read or be read to, and
Story-Pop features audio animated stories narrated b y Stephen Cosgrove.
Also available are print and color pages featuring Serendipity Characters
from 12 different books.
This Merriam-Webster site not only provides an online dictionary but also
lists words newly added to our language. Among other features are a word
of the day, word games, and spelling bee hive.
The Library of Congress Center for the Book holds a National Book Festival
each year and sponsors Letters about Literature for young readers. The
Center’s “Read More about It” promotes reading lists
for the American Memory collections maintained by the Library of Congress.
This state website features a helping books/helping families program.
The idea is to use quality children’s literature as a springboard
for group discussion activities. There is a literature database, and
resources touch upon bibliotherapy, character education, family book
discussions, moral development, storytelling, and the like.
The editors for this U.S. Department of Education website list their picks
for websites dealing with improving student performance in reading. One
link is to the Reading Report Card, which details the 2005 study of what
U.S. students know and can do in reading. Another link connects with organizations
that provide information or assistance with literacy and/or reading.
A teacher who wanted to match books to children’s reading levels
developed this site. Her Leveled Book Lists are searchable by both author
Ohio Reads is the state program that funds the MMS Land of Literacy and
the Family Literacy Night. Use the link for websites to find several sites
for organizations promoting reading.
Raising Readers is a Maine program but the website links to many resources
across the country. Find information about the benefits of reading to children
and ways to promote family literacy, as well as activities and crafts tied
to select picture books.
This webpage, titled “Literacy Tips for the 10-Minute Parent,” is
part of the PBS program “Between the Lions” website.
There are many links to ideas that promote the fun of reading with
The Mother Goose Pages offer tips on reading nursery rhymes with children
of varying ages, lists recommended books and resources, provides an alphabetical
list of verses, has a Mother Goose online ABC coloring book, and groups
rhymes by themes.
This website is devoted to classic works of poetry, including Negro spirituals,
for students in upper elementary grades. Full text is available.
Youngsters can find four stories to read online.
This website features 50 short video documentaries showcasing individual
Americans reading and speaking personally about poems they love.
Giggle Poetry has oodles of entertaining poetry and activities, including
tongue twisters and fill-in-the-blank poems.
Not only does KidSpace have resources for parents and teachers, but it
also offers wonderful links under its Reading Zone button. A few of the
many categories are picture books, myths and fables, poetry and rhymes,
short stories, and advanced reading, which includes some online novels
and a chilling selection of ghost stories.
Children’s Books Online: the Rosetta Project is an extensive collection
of antique children’s books to read online or download. Some are
translated into other languages: English, French, Spanish, Polish, Italian,
Romanian, German, Dutch, Afrikaans, Chinese, Swedish, Croation, Greek,
Finnish, and Farsi. You need to click the “to the library” link
under the yellow cart to find the table of contents.
Find out what nursery rhymes and songs are sung by or to children
in cultures around the world. The visitor to Mama Lisa’s World
can search contents by clicking on icons of the continents or by
the alphabetical list of countries.
The FunBrain reading section features Mad Libs Junior and four web books:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, one Callahan Cousins title, and two titles in the
Camp Confidential series.
The Reading Is Fundamental site provides resources and lists of books
for both parents and students. Visitors can choose from book zone,
activity lab, game station, or express themselves. Book zone has
a book search
function that brings up summaries, book covers, and kids’ ratings
and reviews. This zone also includes a “meet the authors and illustrators” feature
and read along stories and songs, including a few in Spanish.
The menu for Scholastic Kids site includes games, book central, and homework
hub, described as having advice and references to jump-start reports.
Book files offer summaries for selected classic novels such as Bridge
to Terabithia, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, and Where the Red Fern Grows.
Book Central includes an interview with a featured author, Goosebumps
Graphix, lists of featured fantasies and other fiction, series updates,
and lists of super reads.
The Reading Corner offers links to lists for readers in grades two to
eight. Categories include Newbery, fiction, nonfiction, new books, picture
books, young adult, author corner, and state awards.
Education Place’s Wacky Web Tales site is for use by those
in grade three and up. Visitors first select from a number of story
fill in a list asking for parts of speech. The program then fills
in blanks in the story with the selected words and creates a wacky
There is also a help connection about parts of speech.
This is an online collection of 655+ fables, indexed in table format.
Some include Read Audio narrations or random images. This website also
includes 127 fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen.
The website Audiobooks for Free hosts hundreds of audiobooks in several
genres. These are available to download to MP3 players free of charge.
Parents can screen those with strong language or those for “adults
only.” Some titles are available in other languages.
Supported by Ohio University, Kids’ Corner at Wired for Books hosts
several audiobooks: The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Alice’s Adventures
in Wonderland, Grimm’s Fairytales, and Just So Stories.
The children’s librarians at Monroe County Public Library have
compiled many links to theme-related lists of children’s books.