Favorite Authors' Websites

Judy Blume

Roald Dahl

Dr. Seuss

Virginia Hamilton

Dav Pilkey

Patricia Polacco

J. K. Rowling

Lemony Snicket

E. B. White

Rosemary Wells

Book Clubs
Sponsored by the Walloon Institute, a summer retreat for educators, and Stenhouse, publishers of Harvey Daniel’s book on literature circles, this site offers “one-stop shopping” for book club leaders.

Ten Tips for Starting & Running a Successful Book Club
Rachel Jacobsohn, author of The Reading Group Handbook (Hyperion, 1998), offers 10 “do’s” for book club leaders.

Pathfinder Literature Circles
This handy bibliography, including websites, comes from Winnipeg School Division Library Media Services.

LIterature Circles Resource Center
Seattle University’s College of Education offers tips on structuring literature circles for primary or middle school students, booklists, discussion tips, and more.

LitSite Alaska Literature Circles
Janet Lopez of Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School in Juneau provides great advice on running literature circles as well as handouts including group role guides and help for low auditory learners.

Lists of Recommended Books

Semi-monthly. Published by the American Library Association, this journal features brief annotations of recommended general interest and reference books as well as of audiovisual materials. The free website offers selected reviews and the annual Editor's Choice of books and videos.

Classics for Young People
This page of the Children’s Literature Web Guide lists books that are available as full text on the web, but it also has links to more comprehensive lists of children’s classics.

Hot off the Press
This unique online bibliography features anticipated bestsellers, recently published or forthcoming, from member publishers of the Children's Book Council.

Highlights of Children’s Books
The Free Public Library of Philadelphia has three categories of recommended titles: picture books, fiction, and nonfiction. The fiction and nonfiction are for grades 3-6.

Choices Booklists
The International Reading Association offers annual lists of children’s choices, teachers’ choices, and young adults’ choices.

Children’s Literature Network
Members of the Children’s Literature Network—authors, parents, teachers, librarians, and others—have compiled top-ten lists in a variety of categories.

Book Sense Children’s Books Picks, Winter 2004-2005 is a family of websites of independent booksellers.

100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know
You could do worse than to start your picture book collection with these selections by the New York Public Library.

Nonbook Materials

Children's Notable Lists
Besides books, the American Library Association offers Children’s Notable Lists for recordings, videos, and computer software—plus a handy list of distributors.

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video
Supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, this award honors outstanding video productions for children.

Booklist Editors’ Choice 2004: Media
Booklist editors select outstanding productions in video and DVD, audio for adults, and audio for youth.

Kids First Reviews
Kids First’s parenting section offers reviews of children’s videos, CD-ROMs, DVDs, and audio CDs.

School Library Journal Picks of the Weeks
Of course SLJ highlights books, but the journal also selects a children’s audio, video, and website of the week.

Children's Bookstores

Bank Street Bookstore

Books of Wonder

Chris' Book Corner

Hicklebee's Online Bookstore

Powell's Bookstore Children's Section

Children's Book Awards

Caldecott Medal
The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Newbery Award
The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the same division of the ALA to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Coretta Scott King Award
A committee of the American Library Association presents this award to authors and illustrators of African descent whose distinguished books represent "the American Dream."

Pura Belpre Award
The Pura Belpre Award honors Latino writers and illustrators whose works exemplify authentic cultural experiences in children's and young adults' literature.

Boston Globe-Horn Book Award
The Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards recognize works of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction published in the U.S.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal
Another ALSC award, this medal is for authors and illustrators who have made “a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.”

Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College
Three awards are presented in areas of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for works that deal realistically and positively with the problems in children's worlds.

Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children
This award by the National Council of Teachers of English honors a living American poet for his or her body of work for children ages 3-13. The award is given every three years; the next will be in 2006.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
This ALSC award honors the author of an outstanding nonfiction book.

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