Best Books for Kids
This list was selected by the National Education
Association, is posted on the
TeachersFirst.com website, and recommends best books for kids grouped by
age level. There are also site links to Reading Resources, Storytelling
Resources, and Reading Lessons.
From the homepage, choose a site version (English or
French), then navigate through areas for professional development,
curricular resources, teacher tools, project information, technology
integration, and more. From the homepage, there are also links to student
sites (by grade level) that help with homework and offer educational
A Scholarly Snow White
If your students are exploring the Snow White fairy
tale, this site has everything you need. The site includes teaching tips,
37 versions of the fairy tale plus a series of illustrations, information
about films, videos and recordings, excerpts on the context, excerpts of
criticism of "Snow White," selected Links on Fairy Tales, Folklore and on
"Snow White," and a selected bibliography.
Teacher's Guide to Fair Use and Copyright
A Teacher's Guide to Fair Use and Copyright is an
online resource to help teachers and students better understand about
copyright and fair use.
A to Z Teacher
A to Z Teacher Stuff provides teachers with free lesson
plans, thematic units, printables, and other resources. The active
discussion forums allow teachers to exchange ideas and give advice on a
variety of issues.
Adventures of E-Wally
Based on an adventure tale, this site models safe and
responsible Internet habits while providing online lesson plans, games,
and resources that engage students of varied learning styles. After using
technology with this book, teachers will develop transferable skills that
can be used with any other book they teach.
This online collection of Aesop's fables includes a
total of 655+ fables, indexed in table format, with morals listed.
AfterSchool.gov connects teachers and after-school
workers with federal resources and support. It also maintains extensive
and thorough links to websites that are helpful for teachers who are
researching a subject for the classroom and for students who are
researching for homework assignments.
From America's Library
America's Story from America's Library is created by
the Library of Congress. Games, activities, and a reading list are added
to historical collections featured in the Library of Congress.
This website contains numerous tales of American
folklore. The site is organized around different themes, such as Famous
Characters, Historical Folklore, and Regional Folktales. Along with these
areas, there is also a complete alphabetical list of all the different
tales on the site.
American Masters Database of Visual Artists
This index has access to biographical information and
images of visual art created by some of America's most famous artists. It
is a wonderful resource for anyone connecting art and reading or writing.
AOL@SCHOOL is designed by educators for educators. It
offers portals for teachers, administrators and age appropriate portals
for K-12 students. Content includes student resources and research tools,
lesson plans, and management tools.
This online tool from AltaVista translates words and
phrases from a number of languages into English and vice versa. Because
translations of more complex entries aren’t always accurate, teachers may
want to supervise students’ use of the site and turn instances where it
errs into learning opportunities.
This website is designed for parents and kids to surf
together. Stories from the popular PBS show are posted online with links
to associated games.
BookHive is designed for students through age 12, their
parents and teachers. Created by public librarians in North Carolina, the
site lists good children's books arranged categorically. The lists provide
a synopsis of the book, its intended audience, and occasional reviews.
Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site
The Carol Hurst's Children's Literature site provides
reviewed book lists, activities related to the latest award winning books
and professional development readings related to teaching practices.
Celebrating Cultural Diversity Through Children's Literature
This site, developed and maintained by Robert F. Smith,
offers annotated bibliographies of children's literature. Organized by
genre these titles offer information about many cultures. Additional links
are offered to many resources related to each cultured covered in the
for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents
The Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for
Children and Adolescents is an academic center at California State
University at San Marcos. Their information can be accessed in English or
in Spanish. Recommended books are updated weekly, and there is a feature
that creates a customized booklist.
Children's Literature Reviews features interviews with
children's book authors and illustrators, and several sets of themed
reviews archived for continued reference. The site also provides more than
1000 links to author illustrator sites, publishers, kids, parent and
teacher resources, children's literature collections, upcoming events
relating to children's literature and much more.
Children's Literature: Beyond Basals
This site supports K-12 teachers who wish to
incorporate literature in teaching across the curriculum. There are
hundreds of book guides for individual titles that suggest activities to
extend the literary experience of a book in various curricular areas as
well as links to curriculum idea sites.
The Internet changes how text can be organized. Poetry
is no exception. This site features an online journal of hypertext poetry.
This site stretches the user to think about how we use poetry and how it
is written with changing technology.
CNN Student News Web site provides news for students
and resources for teachers on how to use the site. Cross curricular ideas
are available for all subject areas.
This bilingual site is part of Reading Rockets, WETA's
multimedia initiative that provides information, activities, and advice to
Spanish-speaking parents to help their children learn to read.
Content Literacy Information Consortium
The Content Literacy Information Consortium (acronym,
CLIC) is an organized set of web links of special interest to teachers and
researchers interested in issues defined by "learning to read to learn."
The web sites cataloged in CLIC will provide every teacher with ideas and
strategies for adopting the instructional moves that empower their
students to become independent, actualized learners.
from around the World
A collection of proverbs from around the world.
Proverbs may be found via key word search (12,000 proverbs from 300
countries and cultures) or via browsing by country and culture (1,500
proverbs from 100 countries and cultures). The site contains
Culture, Gender, and Sexual Orientation in Children's Books
This section of Cynthia Leitich Smith's personal Web
page gives access to many web sites concerned with issues of culture and
gender in children's and young adult literature. In the Topic
Bibliographies section, brief annotations of books about Asian Americans,
Native Americans, and interracial families can be found.
Women of Past and Present
Distinguished Women of Past and Present has biographies
of women who contributed to our culture in many different ways. There are
writers, educators, scientists, heads of state, politicians, civil rights
crusaders, artists, entertainers, and others. Some were alive hundreds of
years ago and some are living today. Multiple search functions and
literature connections are also available.
the American South: North American Slave Narratives
This site, funded by NEH and the Gladys Krieble Delmas
Foundation, follows the lives of African-American slaves through slave
narratives, broadsides, photographs and other resources. Texts have been
collected from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke
University, North Carolina Central University, and other libraries.
Earth Day Groceries
This website encourages classrooms to decorate paper
grocery bags with environmental messages and to distribute these bags to
stores for Earth Day.
Educational Paperback Association
The Educational Paperback Association provides a
selected list of Web Resources for Teachers and Librarians featuring sites
related to authors, illustrators, resources for teachers and librarians,
journal and magazines sites, and sites for children's book awards.
Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)
ERIC is a national information system that provides
ready access to education-related literature. ERIC’s database has more
than a million records of journal articles, research reports, curriculum
and teaching guides, conference papers, and books. Products and services
include research syntheses, electronic journals, online directories,
reference and referral services, and document delivery.
Educational Web Design
This website provides teachers with tools to help them
successfully create dynamic websites for their students. Educational Web
Design includes links to sites with free graphics, sound files, and
EduPuppy provides content and resources for teachers
and families of preschoolers through second graders. EduPuppy links to
lesson plans & units, technology & integration sites, educational articles
& research, ECE theories & practice, developmentally appropriate
practices, special education materials, clipart, WebQuests, software
reviews, and more.
Dedicated to improving the quality of learning through
Internet use and other technologies, this portal provides access to
technology learning articles, projects, research, and events information.
Descriptions of ICT implementation in schools are provided, as well as
online forums for sharing experiences, opinions, and questions.
This online encyclopedia has entries for gods and
goddesses, supernatural beings, and legendary creatures and monsters.
Browse by category (mythology, folklore, etc.), or search articles by
Encyclopedia of Educational Technology
The Encyclopedia of Educational Technology provides a
comprehensive collection of short, multimedia articles on a variety of
topics in the field of education technology. Many include links to
Fact Sheet on Research on the Teaching of Phonics
Constance Weaver's fact sheet on the teaching of
phonics explains the research behind integrating phonics instruction in a
whole language curriculum. In addition to providing a clear overview, the
fact sheet includes an extensive bibliography.
Sheet on the Myths of Whole Language Instruction
Constance Weaver's fact sheet counters the myths
surrounding whole language instruction with clear, concise answers to the
questions whole language instructors encounter most frequently.
Sheet on the Nature of Whole Language Instruction
Constance Weaver's fact sheet on the nature of whole
language instruction explains the background, history, and key concepts
for a whole language curriculum.
The project site houses a collection of short video
documentaries of Americans reading and speaking personally about poems
they love. It also provides a forum for teachers and students, including
poetry lesson plans and forms for submitting favorite poems.
Fight Hate and Promote Tolerance
A Web project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Fight
Hate and Promote Tolerance, provides information about anti-bias programs
and activities being implemented in schools across the country. Sections
on awareness and possible actions are available for parents, teachers,
teens and kids.
This site by the Family Education Network provides free
educational games and quizzes in math, grammar, science, spelling, and
history. It also provides excellent resources for teachers and parents.
Gateway to Educational Materials
GEM, a project of the U.S. Department of Education, is
a consortium of over 400 education institutions, from schools to
professional associations, providing access to Internet-based educational
This website provides materials, practical guidance,
and support to help teachers incorporate a global perspective into their
classes. General reference links cover an array of topics, and a database
includes teacher resources.
Index to Internet Sites: Children's and Young Adults' Authors &
This website, hosted by James Madison University,
includes an extensive collection of resources that link to websites for
children's book authors, illustrators and related resources.
International Children's Digital Library
The International Children's Digital Library has nearly
200 titles selected by national libraries, authors, and publishers
representing 45 different cultures. It's aiming for 10,000 by 2005. All
will online, fully illustrated, and in their original languages. There
will also be some translations.
Internet Public Library Reading Room
The Internet Public Library site contains books,
magazines, and newspapers from around the world that are freely available
via the Internet.
Invented Spelling and Spelling Development
Defines invented spelling, describes the developmental
stages, and considers implications for classroom instruction. Useful
background research for teachers interested in helping students develop
strategies for learning standard English spelling without resorting to
memorization as the key to mastery.
Invention at Play
Invention at Play, based on a Smithsonian traveling
exhibit, focuses on how play inspires invention. Multiple intelligences
are explored, and the site offers a variety of integration opportunities
for the classroom teacher. Games for students tap into the imagination and
build problem-solving skills.
Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators
Covering all disciplines, this guide includes a
categorized list of useful websites for enhancing curriculum and
professional growth. The site includes areas like Subject Access, which
includes an extensive list of education resources, and Teacher Helpers.
Containing information on Japanese language, folktales,
customs, geography, etc., Kids Web Japan is an invaluable resource for any
student or classroom learning about Japan. The site also shows kids in
other countries how life for Japanese schoolchildren is similar to or
different from their own.
Kids Hub is a noncommercial educational portal for
upper elementary school and middle school students. It includes free
online interactive learning games, puzzles, and quizzes for language arts,
math, science, social studies, and four foreign languages.
This site promotes quality reading through book
reviews, related games, author biographies and interviews, and more.
Students can also find out how to set up a successful book club, along
with discussion guides for select books.
Language Learning and Academic Achievement
The Center for Research on Education, Diversity, and
Excellence has created a collection of research about language learning
and academic achievement.
This site is an interactive guide to learning
disabilities for parents, teachers, and other professionals. Numerous
articles, resources, and ideas on a variety of LD topics are available.
Created by faculty at St. Cloud State University, LEO
provides detailed advise for high school and college students interested
in improving their writing. Citations, grammar rules, and organization of
ideas are just a few of the topics presented.
Literacy & Technology
Developed by the Oswego City School District in New
York, this is an excellent place to begin your search for literacy
resources on the Internet. This site includes links to resources that
support the new literacies of the Internet as well as more traditional
A collection of literacy resources including materials
on read alouds and how to involve adult family and community members in
activities with children. The Read Aloud page (http://literacyvolunteer.homestead.com/ReadingAloud.html)
is particularly useful.
Merriam-Webster Online: The Language Center
Access the full text of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate
Dictionary, Tenth Edition, and Collegiate Thesaurus at The Language
Center. Site links take you to word games, the featured word of the day,
and Word Central, a language site for kids.
MidLink Magazine offers a Web Tutorial, guidelines for
Selecting Search Tools, and Useful Skills for Web Treks. Students can
learn practical skills that range from managing bookmarks and favorites to
saving graphics to a folder or disk. The mission of MidLink Magazine is to
highlight exemplary work from the most creative classrooms around the
globe. The magazine is a non-profit organization, supported by North
Carolina State University, and the University of Central Florida.
The Miss Rumphius Award, which takes its name from the
title character of the book Miss Rumphius, is presented to educators who
develop and share exceptional Internet resources for literacy and
learning. Award-winning sites and webpages (which serve as outstanding
models for others to follow) are indexed by grade level.
NASAexplores provides free weekly educational articles
and lesson plans adapted to three reading levels and covering numerous
subjects. Printable and downloadable, these supplemental curriculum
resources meet national education standards. The site is helpful for
combining reading and language arts instruction with science and social
Coalition for Equity in Education
The National Coalition for Equity in Education Web site
is a good starting point for educators who wish to eliminate inequity. The
site provides readings and resources to look at equity issues in classroom
practices, curriculum, testing, and the the cultures in our schools.
National Research Center on English Learning & Achievement
This site provides research, a newsletter, links, and
teaching resources, such as learning materials and online journals. It
also includes examples of research-to-practice booklets like Improving
Literacy Understanding Through Classroom Conversation.
York Times Learning Network
The New York Times provides this free website with
resources for students, teachers, and parents. Some of the features
include current events, searchable daily lesson plan connections, and
links that provide an opportunity for students to send a question to New
York Times reporters or to the editor.
Child Left Behind
At this official website, education professionals and
parents will find answers to frequently asked questions, fact sheets,
newsletters, statistics, tools, and other resources to help them
understand and implement the No Child Left Behind legislation.
Tools Quick Cite
Quick Cite allows users to easily cite books,
encyclopedias, magazines, CD-ROMS, interviews, scholarly projects and a
whole host of electronic resources. Simply by inputting information, the
tool creates a properly formatted MLA citation.
Online Poetry Classroom is the newest education
initiative from The Academy of American Poets. Free resources include
curriculum units, lesson plans, poetry, teacher forums on teaching ideas,
and possible workshops.
PBS TeacherSource: Arts and Literature
PBS TeacherSource provides searchable access to the
various lesson plans, teaching resources, and student activities on the
PBS website. The collection can by sorted by grade level and curricular
areas (books, reading skills, and so forth).
Phonics in Whole Language Classrooms
Discusses some of the ways children develop functional
phonics knowledge in the context of authentic reading and writing, as well
as some of the ways teachers can foster such development. Useful
background research by Constance Weaver for teachers interested in
teaching phonics in context.
This comprehensive website on picture books includes
information on evaluating and using picture books for younger and older
children. It includes book lists and numerous links.
Planet 5th: Learning in Hand
Fifth-grade teacher Tony Vincent has infused technology
in his lessons to the point where all of his students do cross-curricular
activities using handheld computers.
Poetry Covers It All
This Western Carolina University webpage features poems
and ideas for integrating poetry throughout the curriculum.
The site provides ideas for poetry lessons, contests,
and activities. It also links to Giggle Poetry (http://www.gigglepoetry.com/),
a fun site for students reading, rating, and writing poems.
in the Classroom
This tutorial, designed as a talk show with PowerPoint
as the special guest, demonstrates basic and more advanced features of the
presentation software. Quick tips, quizzes, screen shots, and a printable
guide are provided.
This website gives practical advice to teachers
interested in helping students publish their writing. The site includes
links to websites that focus on student writing and publishing, a page for
teachers to exchange ideas, and a list of award programs and writing
competitions for students.
Action Network: Kids' Corner
This site explores information about Rainforests and
ways that students can act to help protect their natural habitat. The site
could provide nice inspiration for letter-writing, poetry, and other kinds
of writing as well as content reading.
Reading Rainbow, PBS's award-winning children's series,
offers this website which details on books featured on the television
show, online games and activities, and information for adults and
families. While the site complements the television show, the resources
can easily stand alone, though students may need access to the books
A project of WETA, the public broadcasting station in
Washington, DC, this site provides information about learning to read and
strategies for supporting struggling readers. It offers news, practical
information, expert advice, and resources for parents, teachers, and
Designed for social studies teachers, this site
includes practical directions for a range of comprehension and content
area reading strategies, printable handouts, masters for transparencies,
and links to articles and resources.
RubiStar is a tool for teachers to create rubrics
without starting from scratch. Rubrics are available on a variety of
teaching topics and are customizable. RubiStar can also analyze data for
an entire class to determine problem areas, and teachers can return and
edit their rubrics at any time.
Scholastic provides opportunities for learning and fun
for families and students. This website also provides a multitude of
resources for teachers, specific to grade levels and subject areas,
including excellent information on and by authors.
In the mid-70s, short cartoons called Schoolhouse Rock
taught a generation about government, history, grammar, science, and math.
The combination of song and content seems to have made a connection with
today’s generation as well. This site provides all of the text and music
for these catchy tunes.
This site offers standards-based guides for many
classics and current student novels. Features include teacher guides,
lessons, activity banks, standards, student and teacher evaluation forms,
and links to other sites.
Serious Play: Reading Poetry with Children
This Academy of American Poets website provides tips
that help "translate [students'] energy, once aroused and captured, into
the desire to read poetry seriously, to do the intellectual work necessary
to gain a basic mastery of the literary art."
The Sesame Workshop has games, stories, music, and more
for young children, all of which are engaging, educational, and built
around Sesame Street’s beloved characters. Teachers will also find the
parenting section useful. For example, the Fun To-Go section has printable
coloring sheets (sorted by letters, numbers, shapes, etc.) and a
searchable activity planner.
Brightly animated and highly interactive, Seussville
entertains children as they complete word puzzles, matching games, and
other activities based on the books of Dr. Seuss. Kids can also write a
story and bring it to life with fanciful characters, music, and scenery.
Sites for Children: Literature and Language
This ALA website, collected by the by the Children and
Technology Committee of the Association for Library Service to Children,
includes links to a variety of reading resources.
Educators and students can make use of several
SmartWriters.com features, including interviews with children’s writers,
writing contest links for young writers, classroom resources for teachers
and librarians, and a directory of children’s authors and illustrators who
are available for school visits.
Spotlight on Voices & Visions
Thirteen modern American poets are featured in this Web
supplement to the video series from Annenberg/CPB. Teachers and students
will find value in the video clips freely available from the series, along
with links to sites that explore the life and works of each poet in
Designed for the emergent reader, the website has
interactive books and rhyming word family games that teach phonemic
awareness, comprehension, vocabulary building, and spelling skills. Free,
supplemental materials can be downloaded or ordered online.
StoryDog offers a new story every day for kids and
parents to share at home. Designed by parents interested in having their
children read daily but understanding that our lives can be busy, the site
offers short adventures that last for one week. Kids and parents can also
find great games and activities on the site.
StoryPlace: The Children's Digital Library
This award-winning bilingual (Spanish and English)
site, sponsored by the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County,
includes a collection of online materials for elementary students
including texts and activities.
Teacher's Guide to International Collaboration on the Internet
Developed by the Department of Education, Teacher's
Guide to International Collaboration on the Internet was created to help
teachers reach out globally using the Internet. The site showcases
projects in the arts, language arts, foreign language, science, math,
vocational studies and social studies.
Home to Technology & Learning Magazine, this site has
hundreds of articles written by K-12 teachers, administrators, and other
experts in the field, who give practical, firsthand advice on how to
effectively integrate technology into the classroom.
Each month, Teenreads.com features candid reviews of
new books for young adults. Author biographies and interviews, advice on
starting a book club, and discussion guides are also available on the
Telling Stories with Pictures: The Art of Children's Book Illustration
This Web site is hosted by England's DeCordova Museum's
special exhibitions of works by children's book illustrators. The
exhibition was held in 1997, but the Internet information is still
available. It offers a brief description of the different styles and
techniques used by the 30 illustrators in the exhibit and explains the
steps an illustrator takes from start to finish when illustrating a book.
The North Central Regional Educational Laboratory
provides a searchable index to graphical resources on the Internet. It
provides information on citing images and detailed copyright information.
This is a very useful site for anyone making websites.
The American Collection Literary Map
The American Collection Literary Map provides a visual
gateway to authors across America. By selecting any state, users can
access author information or submit their own information and related web
links. This site is brought to you by Exxon and the National Council of
Teachers of English.
The Doucette Index
The Doucette Index is a searchable database of book and
website resources that provide literature-based teaching ideas and lesson
plans. The books indexed are those held by the Doucette Library of
Teaching Resources, but many are available in other libraries.
The Electronic Classroom
A forum highlighting classroom uses of technology, the
Electronic Classroom provides teachers, teacher educators, and researchers
with resources for integrating technology and literacy in the classroom.
The Poetry Forge
The Poetry Forge offers teacher tools such as poetry
generators, lesson plans, and discussion groups for teachers attempting to
implement these activities. Students have access to many of the same
tools, and they have their own forum to discuss and publish their work.
The Underground Railroad
Students start this interactive journey by choosing to
follow Harriet Tubman along the Underground Railroad. The route to freedom
presents other choices along the way and offers freedom songs and pictures
that bear witness to slaves' experiences. Teachers' resources include
age-specific lesson ideas and other Internet resources on the subject.
Topics: An Online Magazine for Learners of English
This online magazine is a wealth of cultural
information for students learning about other countries. It also invites
English learners to write articles about where they’re from and encourages
them to sharpen their language skills in the Language Corner. The
Teachers’ Corner highlights ESL Web projects and teaching techniques from
around the world.
of the Day
With a new twist on word of the day, this site delivers
a word a day in over 60 languages. Not only can you see it but you can
hear it. Users have the option of having the word of the day e-mailed to
them as well.
Treasures@Sea: Exploring the Ocean through Literature
Treasures@Sea has ocean-themed activities for students,
including word searches, crosswords, and quizzes. For teachers, there are
mini-lessons centered around art, writing, and book activities, all
bringing into the classroom a lively understanding of our treasures at
Archives and Record Administration
The U.S. National Archives and Record Administration
provides a wealth of information useful to classroom teachers. The
"exhibit hall" makes many of our national treasures such as the
Declaration of Independence just a click away. Lessons and digital images
are readily available using many of these primary sources.
The United Nations Cyberschoolbus offers information in
six languages. All of the resources offered to teachers are intended to
bring the world to your classroom. Curriculum materials include world
data, units on peace making, and ask an ambassador.
The site has interactive games for students to practice
word etymology and word meaning, while having fun. Games have different
levels of difficulty; Level 1 is for upper elementary and Level 2 is for
The Web English Teacher presents the best of K-12
English/Language Arts teaching resources: lesson plans, WebQuests, videos,
biography, e-texts, criticism, jokes, puzzles, professional development
and classroom activities.
Webbing Into Literacy
This site features downloadable nursery rhymes and
alphabet books, along with related lesson plans. It also includes a list
of 101 great books for children.
What's Under the Bed? Monsters in Children's Book Illustration
This Web site is a companion exhibition to DeCordova
Museum's Terrors and Wonders: Monsters in Contemporary Art. Monsters have
been a part of children's literature from time immemorial. The exhibition
includes 51 illustrations by 10 artists.
Word of the Day
Hosted by the New York Times and Merriam's Webster
Dictionary, Word of the Day, provides a word of the day, and references
its uses in the New York Times.
Words and Pictures
Words and Pictures, the Companion Web site to the BBC
Schools Education Series Program Literacy Hour, includes numerous
interactives on phonics, word sounds, and high frequency words. This
British site does use British spelling and aural material is pronounced
with a British accent.
WriteNet: Virtual Poetry Workshop
Poet Hoa Nguyen of Austin, Texas leads an online poetry
workshop, in the Sixth Teachers and Writers Collaborative Online Poetry
Workshop. Teachers can use or adapt Hoa's writing exercises for their own
students, and learn how to critique student poetry by reading Hoa's
responses on the forum page. While the sample poems will not be
appropriate for all students at all levels, every teacher is likely to
find something useful at this site.
Haven Teachers Institute Curricular Resources
This site includes over 150 curriculum units developed
annually since 1978 by the Fellows of the Yale-New Haven Teachers
Institute. The lessons range across the curriculum, from English Language
Arts to Science to Social Studies, and include concrete examples of
lessons used in the New Haven Public Schools.
Young Writers Workshop encourages creativity by
providing printable story starters for children in preschool and primary