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Materials - books and authors

Book/Author site of the month
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Author and illustrator information
  1. Children's Book Council: Author & Illustrator sites
  2. In Their Own Words: Interviews with Authors & Illustrators
  3. Pronouncing Dictionary of Author's Names
  4. America Writes For Kids. Links to authors’ homepages. Locate alphabetically or by state. Companion site for plays.
  5. McBookwords: Authors and Illustrators on the Web. Links to over 350 official author/illustrator sites excluding publisher sites.
  6. IPL Author Page. IPL biographies including interviews for a limited number of authors, with links for more authors.
  7. Planning an Author Visit
Reviews of books noframe link to top of page
  1. BookHive. Reviews of recommended books for children from birth to age 12 presented with humor. Students can add their own comments about a particular book. Bonus: a few audiobooks and student-authored selections.
  2. IPulp Children’s Literature Review. Reviews of fiction books recommended for middle school and young adult; archived from the free online publication entitled iPulp Fiction Library.
  3. Reader’s Club. Reviews of Young Adult books for teens. Browse within 22 categories, Celebrity Book Reviews, or author interviews. grades 6-12
  4. Spaghetti Book Club. Book reviews written by
    kids for kids. Search by title, author, or reviewer (class or individual). K-12, but most participants are grades 1-6
  5. Flamingnet. Student reviewers from middle school to college age review and rate current books for preteens and teens (grade 3-12). A separate section has reviews of earlier books. Search the site by choosing from supplied keywords, categories, titles or authors.
  6. Building Rainbows. A book review forum with tens of thousands of reviews & ratings written by students: browse or search; read, reply to, or submit. Reviewers are mainly grades 2-10
Book awards noframe link to top of page
  1. American Library Association Literary and Related Awards. Links to annotated lists of Newbery, Caldecott and other medal winners and honor books. Includes background information about the awards process.
  2. Children's Book Awards. Lists award-winning books for 11 national award programs, covering 2002-2006. Linked book title is to the Amazon page to buy.
  3. State Awards for Children’s and Young Adult Books
  4. McBookwords: State and Regional Book Awards
  5. Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature.Almost,000 abstracts searchable on several criteria. Includes 78 awards across six English-speaking countries (United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, and Ireland)
  6. Fanfare. Best children’s and young adult books of the year as chosen by editors of Horn Book magazine. Archived from 1938.
  7. Choices Booklists. Children, youth, teachers, and librarians select their favorite recently published books for the “Choices” booklists each year. Children’s Choices, Teachers’ Choices and Young Adults’ Choices are published in the October issue of The Reading Teacher. Available here from 1998 as full text PDF files.
Thematic booklists noframe link to top of page
  1. Children's Picture Book Database. Abstracts of over 5000 children's picture books searchable by over 900 keywords corresponding to curriculum topics, or enter your own Boolean search using other criteria.
  2. ATN Book Lists. Over 1400 different lists currently maintained collaboratively as a wiki. Lists by genre, grade level read-alouds, read-alikes, as well as thematic. Searchable.
  3. CCBC Booklists. Topical bibliographies of recommended books created by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center.
Lesson plans for literature teaching noframe link to top of page
  1. Literature Guides section of this Merry Bee site
  2. Carol Hurst’s Children’s Literature Site. Each featured book page includes a review of the book, a listing of things to notice and talk about, activities related to the book, other related books, and links to other resources.
  3. TeachingBooks. Fee-based site. Access to the extensive resources require a school or district license. Book discussion guides; author & illustrator videos. Links to children's literature sites. k-12
  4. SparkNotes. Study guides to literature commonly assigned at grades 6-12 (several Shakespeare). Covers the context and themes of the work; character and chapter analysis; study questions and a quiz. Full text of some classics.
  5. Teachers@Random. Teachers Guides for books published by Random House Children’s Books. Access biographies for some authors.
  6. Discussion Guides. Teachers Guides for books published by Scholastic. Link to index of author biographies.
Literature Study Guides for individual books
page last updated: 1/3/08
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