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General Children's 
Literature Resources

Children Literature Awards
Web Directories
Sites with Unique Content
Reading Lists by Theme and Grade
 Mailing Lists and Newsgroups
Organizations and Journals
"Kid Friendly" Sites
 Reader's Theater


ALSC: The Caldecott Medal
Current and past winners, history and selection. awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of ALA, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. 

ALSC: The Newbery Medal 
Current and past winners, history and selection. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. 

The Coretta Scott King Award
Presented annually by the Coretta Scott King Task Force of the American Library Association's  Responsibilities Round Table. Recipients are authors and illustrators of African descent whose distinguished books promote an understanding and appreciation of the "American Dream. " 

ALSC - Awards and Grants 
From the Association for Library Services to Children, this site contains
links to major awards as well as many links to notable books and software for children. 

Georgia Children's Book Awards Program 
Sponsored by the Department of Language Education of the College of Education at University of Georgia, this award is given annually to a picture book and a story book by a North American author or illustrator. 

The Phoenix Award
Given by the Children's Literature Association for the most outstanding book for children published twenty years earlier which did not receive a major award at the time of publication.

YALSA - Booklists
From the Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library
Association annotated yearly lists of best books for young adults: the Best Books, Quick Picks, and Popular Paperbacks lists.

Web Directories

Canadian Children's Network
This website is a resource tool in the field of Atlantic Canadian children's literature. It is a collection of electronic resources for teachers, librarians and other professionals in the field of children's literature. 

Canadian Children's Book Centre
A useful collection of links, including links to awards, publishers, authors, libraries, and more.

CLWG: The Children's Literature Web Guide
Compiled by David K. Brown at the University of Calgary, this collection of internet resources related to books for children and young adults is an excellent place to begin your search.  It contains links to other web directories, online catalogs of books, and links to internet discussion groups dealing with children's literature. 

Children's and Adolescent Literature Resources
A rather large collection of links regarding children's and adolescent literature from the ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication.

Children's Literature -- Fairrosa Cyber Library 
This site contains a wealth of resources is an important
stopping point for everyone interested in children's books and literature.  Look here for a myriad of articles from some of the leading voices in the field; thematic links and links to book award winners; an excellent resource.

Children's Literature Navigator
A compilation of Internet resources about children's literature and related fields, such as music and education from  Denise I. Matulka.

Children's Picture Book Database at Miami University 
An academic website which gives teachers, librarians, parents, and students a place for designing literature based thematic units for all subjects. 

ISLMC Children's Literature & Language Arts Resources
An excellent and comprehensive site form the Internet School Library Media Center. This page focuses on children's literature in education. Teachers, library media professionals, parents and students will find information on children's literature and associated language arts here. Their index to author and illustrator Internet sites is a great place to look links the the homepages of authors and illustrators.

Jane Kurtz: Book Links
A listing of children's book web sites selected by noted the noted children's book author, Jane Kurtz.

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators Literature and Language Arts
A very useful collection of websites from one of the nation's most recognizable names in education part of the larger Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators.

National Centre for Research in Children's Literature
An excellent list of websites for children's literature studies prepared in the United Kingdom, but just as useful on "this side of the pond."

On-Lion For Kids
A great site from the New York Public Library.  Look here for links to suggested reading lists, links to authors, books, and characters, as well as numerous other activities and places of interest to kids.

Picturing Books: A Website About Picture Books
Everything you ever wanted to know about picture books can be found at this wonderful site by Denise I. Matulka.  This site is truly exceptional.

YA Literature
A huge site from LibraryPlanet.com with comprehensive links to sites dealing with Young Adult literature.

Sites with Unique Content

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site
From a long time professional reviewer of children's books, this site has activities and discussion pointers for the books that are reviewed.  This site is a must see for teachers or anyone interested in deepening the reader's understanding of the books they are reading.  Ms. Hurst divides her reviews into curriculum areas as well as listing them by theme.  She also provides extensive links to professional resources. 

Children's Literature Activities for the Classroom
Created by elementary school teacher Marcia Goudie, this comprehensive list of literature based classroom activities is an excellent resource for media specialists and classroom teachers. These activities are grouped by grade level and by genre.  You will also want to visit Ms. Goudie's other excellent resource page,  Marcia's Lesson Links.

Children's Literature: A Guide to the Criticism
An online book by librarian and children's book scholar Linnea Hendrickson.

Children's Literature: Themed Reviews
A great collection of book reviews grouped by a wide variety of curricular and high interest themes.  A very useful site.

Cynthia Leitich Smith Children's Literature Resources 
An extremely extensive and useful site from a well known children's book author. Contains a wealth of resources on an extensive variety of genres and topics, as well as interviews with the author and links to other relevant topics. 

Database of Award Winning Children's Literature
An excellent searchable database created and maintained by Lisa R. Bartle which allows the user to create a tailored reading list of quality children's literature.

The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at USM
From a leading research center in the field of children's literature, this University of Southern Mississippi based site, contains information about historical and contemporary American and British Children's literature.  Look here for information about original manuscripts and illustrations, detailed information about the holdings of the de Grummond collection, links to authors home pages, links to out-of-print children's book dealers, and links to other children's literature special collections. 

Favorite Teenage Angst Books 
A humorous and well designed site from the Grouchy Cafe.  Books are grouped by such themes as "sex and love," "fitting in," "mixed up families," "journeys," "awakenings," "pressure," "trouble," "healing," and more. Recapture that youthful feeling,  before your teenage angst turned into your adult anxiety.

Kay Vandergrift's Special Interest Page
This page by one of the leading scholars in the filed of children's literature contains many scholarly links, including such topics as  Gender and Culture in Picture Books, History of Children's Literature, Feminist Studies, Literature and Technology and many more.  An excellent resource.

Jim Trelease Home Page
Excellent resources from the noted author of The Read-Aloud Handbook.  Jim Trelease is one of the nation's leading advocates for books and children and has done more to help make kids love reading than any other one person.   Use these resources to help kids read for fun, not for pain.

Landmarks in the History of Children's Literature
A timeline of key moments in children's literature prepared by Roger Blackwell Bailey, Ph.D.

SDSU Children's Literature Program Book Review Service
A large collection of children's book reviews grouped by the age of the intended reader as well as by theme or subject matter.

Reading Lists by Theme and Grade

Booklists for Young Adults on the Web
This index by Maggi Rohde was compiled from the many YA-related web pages created by librarians, educators and others serving young adults. Includes both fiction and non-fiction books.

St. Charles Public Library-Recommended Youth Reading 
This site lists books by topics, themes, and grade levels.  It is also searchable
by key word.  This is a good place to find lists of books on topics that young people may be facing, such as moving, adoption, death, the new baby, and divorce. 

Reading Rants: Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists
An excellent resource for YA booklists.  This site by Jennifer Hubert features such lists as  Fanging Around: Teen Vampire Fiction with Bite, Home Fries: Country-fied Fiction for Teens, Boy Meets Book: Best Boy Reads, Closet Club: Gay Fiction for Teens, The Coolest Classics You Never Even Heard Of and many more.

Recommended Reading
A great collection of various reading lists from the New York Public Library.

Mailing Lists and Newsgroups

Educators Listservs, Discussion Lists, & Newsgroups
A listing from the ISLMC of links to listservs/discussion and newsgroups on children's and young adult literature, language arts, English and school librarianship.

Mailing Lists Related to Children's Literature
From David K. Brown at the University of Calgary, this site explains how to subscribe to such mailing lists as "KIDLIT-L," "CHILD_LIT," "KIDSBOOKS" and many other similar mailing lists. 


Organizations and Journals


ALAN: The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents 
The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents is one of the NCTE's special interest groups. Founded in November 1973, ALAN is made up of teachers, authors, librarians, publishers, teacher-educators and their students, and others who are particularly interested in the area of young adult literature.

Association of Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALSC)
The mission of ALSC is to support the profession of children's librarianship, enabling and encouraging its practitioners to provide the best library services to our nation's children. 

The Children's Book Council (CBC)
a non-profit trade organization dedicated to encouraging literacy and the use and enjoyment of children's books, and is the official sponsor of Young People's Poetry Week and Children's Book Week each year. 

Children's Literature Association (ChLA)
The goals of the ChLA are to encourage serious scholarship and research in children's literature, to enhance the professional stature of the graduate and undergraduate teaching of children's literature, and to encourage high standards of criticism in children's literature.

International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)
A non-profit organization which represents an international network of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together. The United States Section of IBBY is USBBY.

International Reading Association
A professional membership organization 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 habit.

The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators 
Events, awards, and other information for professional and beginning writers/illustrators of children's books. 


The ALAN Review
The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English, publishes this  excellent journal three times a year. Use this site to obtain the full text of articles on YA literature and its teaching, interviews with authors, reports on publishing trends, current research on YA literature, a section of reviews of new books, and ALAN membership news. 

Children's Literature
Children's Literature is a monthly newsletter for teachers, librarians and parents containing more than 50 themed reviews of recent publications in fiction and nonfiction children's literature.  The web version provides links to reviews as well as biographies on reviewers, who include authors, teachers, and librarians.

Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature
Bookbird is published by IBBY and cover many facets of international
children's literature

Booklist provides hotlinks to book reviews of adult and youth materials, feature articles, and best books lists.

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 
One of the nation's leading children's book review journals for school and public librarians. 

The Horn Book
A bimonthly publication containing invaluable reviews of the newest books available, lively articles and columns covering a variety of aspects of children's books, and more

The Looking Glass
An electronic journal from  our Canadian cousins at the Toronto Centre for the Study of Children's Literature. Start reading their insightful articles and commentary, and before you know it you'll be late, late, late, for a very important date! 

Notes from the Windowsill 
This journal of children's book reviews also has annotated bibliographies of children's books about Jewish culture, books with gay and lesbian characters and themes, and books with depictions of multiracial families.

School Library Journal Online 
The premier journal for school librarianship in the United States. Their online site has many full text articles and reviews along with a wealth of other resources. 

The Scoop: Children's Book News 
This online magazine for parents and teachers contains interviews, biographies, activity information, and bibliographies of award winning and recommended books.

"Kid Friendly" Sites
Please note that these sites are generally designed for children and are presumed safe.  Adult discretion is required.  Please view these (and any) sites for yourself before letting children view them.  Children should always be supervised when using the Internet. Frank Rogers bears no legal responsibility for material you may deem inappropriate. 

Inez Ramsey's Kids Sites  for the Young at Heart
A great site of kid friendly links from the Inez Ramsey of the ISLMC.

KidLit Children's Literature Home Page 
This is a children's literature site designed with kids in mind, offering a forum for kids in all age groups up through high school to have literary and artistic works
published.  Look here for to read or submit poetry or short stories written by children, and reviews by kids of children's books. 

KidsClick! Literature 
Designed for kids by young adult and children's librarians, this fun site contains links to nursery rhymes, jokes, tongue twisters,  writing resources for children, tall tales, folklore, scary stories, library resources, poetry, literature, comic books and more. 

Reader's Theater

Aaron Shepard's RT Page 
A great collection of scripts for young readers from a leading children's book author.

Gander Academy Readers Theatre
Extensive resources; scripts, instruction, bibliographies from Jim Cornish

Reader's Theater in Elementary Schools
This site provides an introduction to Reader's Theater in Elementary Schools. It was assembled from the World Wide Web, ERIC Database, and a variety of other bibliographic resources. Instructions for acquiring the full text of the ERIC records are presented at the end of this page. 

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