Internet Field Trip: Essential Children’s Literature Sites

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

Bookmark these sites for great jump-off points to explore children's literature.

Bookwink, Video Booktalks for Kids
http://www.bookwink.com
Former librarian Sonja Cole gets kids excited about reading with video booktalks for grades 3-8. Each video is about about a different genre, and there are lists of read-alikes organized by author, title, and subject.

The Children's Literature Web Guide
http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/index.html
This site collects an enormous number of links to children's literature sites, from authors and publishers to discussion boards and teaching ideas. Well-organized and easy to navigate, it's one of the largest such sites on the Internet.

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Web Site
http://www.carolhurst.com/
Carol Hurst, a teacher, storyteller, and librarian, has been consulting and writing about children's literature and teaching for many years. Find reviews, magazine articles, book excerpts, and many suggestions on how to use children's literature in the classroom.

Fairrosa Cyber Library of Children's Literature
http://www.fairrosa.info/
A personal and comprehensive site of children's literature sites on the Web by a children's librarian, who is well-known in online children's literature circles.

Internet Public Library Youth Division: Reading Zone
http://www.ipl.org/cgi-bin/youth/youth.out.pl?sub=rzn0000
Provides a range of children's literature sites suitable for children and adults. Particularly strong in sites with children's work and online stories.

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