Chapter 1

The Invention of Childhood


This series of radio broadcasts on BBC Radio was written by the popular British children’s writer. The six episodes describe childhood from the 11 th century to the present, and chronicle important events and their impact on children.


Children’s Literature, Chiefly from the Nineteenth Century


This exhibit at the Thomas Cooper Library at the University of South Carolina aims to show the changes of children’s literature in the nineteenth century. The collection includes books from history, many of which are first editions. This site displays the images of the collection and descriptions of each piece.


Nineteenth-Century American Children & What They Read


This site, developed by Pat Pflieger, recounts the lives of children in the nineteenth century and the texts they read. The author includes popular children’s authors of the time, books and magazines read by children, and a timeline of nineteenth century America to better understand the history of Children’s Literature.


World of the Child


The University of Delaware Library developed a special collection of two hundred years of children’s books. Categorized into early works, fables and fairy tales, poetry, and other categories, this site describes how children’s literature developed from before the eighteenth century to the present.


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Chapter 2


Storytelling Tips for Oral Language Development



Shirley Raines and Rebecca Isbell, authors of the book, Tell It Again! Easy-to-Tell Stories with Activites for Young Children, share information and resources on how to select stories and provide storytelling tips.


Aaron Shepard’s Reader’s Theater Resources



This comprehensive site created by reader’s theater expert Aaron Shepard is an invaluable resource with directions on how to conduct reader’s theater, tips, scripts, and links to online resources.


Scaffolding Oral Language Development through Poetry




In this lesson from ReadWriteThink, students work in small groups to develop a choral reading of two poems about an assigned insect. The poems serve as an introduction to a research investigation about the insect. Students compile factual information about the insect and present the information, along with their choral poetry readings to the class.


Professor Garfield



Professor Garfield, a site created by the makers of the cartoon Garfield the cat and Ball State University , provides educational games for students in grades K-8 which cross the curriculum. Early literacy games promote reading comprehension, sequencing, and phonemic awareness.

Learning the Alphabet



This site houses a number of interactive games that engage children in learning letter-sound relationships.


Between the Lions



Sponsored by the PBS television series Between the Lions, this site has 250 interactive games and stories all focusing on the development of early literacy skills.


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Chapter 3


Organizing the Classroom Library



Sponsored by Choice Literacy, this article is written in dialogue format between two educators, Aimee Buckner and Franki Sibberson. This insightful conversation brings awareness to the important decisions teachers must make about how to arrange classroom libraries in a way that allows them to match books to their students' needs.


Creating a Literate Community



The Annenberg Foundation provides several programs for teacher professional development. In this video session, Dr. Jeanne R. Paratore presents three research-based principles for creating an effective literacy environment -- accessible materials, purposeful room and wall displays of print materials, and classroom routines that promote reading and writing.


Ultralingua online dictionary



This online dictionary provides a word look-up in multiple languages and also turns any website into a dictionary. Just type in the web address of any website and it becomes dictionary enabled. The site also provides a grammar reference.






Dorling Kindersley


Books and Google have teamed together to bring E-encyclopedia which allows user to search for information in nine categories: space, earth, nature, human body, science and technology, people and places, society and beliefs, arts and entertainment, and history.



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Chapter 4

Project Eclipse: Exemplary Children’s Literature Interface Project for Scholarly Education


This site, hosted by Kay E. Vandergrift, professor at Rutgers University, traces both verbal and visual variants of Mother Goose rhymes over time and across cultures. It also allows the reader the opportunity to follow the development of a picturebook.


NationalCenter for Children’s Illustrated Literature


This not-for-profit organization, located in Abilene, Texas, recognizes the achievements of illustrators of children’s literature. The Center also organizes educational opportunities for children to better understand illustrations and appreciate art. You can view the permanent collection on this site.


The EricCarleMuseum of Picture Book Art


This museum was founded, in part, by Eric Carle and aims to display and celebrate the art of children’s books. The museum features a gallery, an Art Studio, and an auditorium. Many of the current and past exhibits can be viewed on the site.


Visual Literacy & Picture Books


This site offers an extensive list of links related to picturebooks and visual literacy. Some sites have already been provided here, but many additional sites are also listed, including sites for the different categories of picturebooks

concept books, alphabet books, counting books, etc




Page by Page: Creating a Children’s Book


Follow the steps how two picturebooks, Zoom Upstream and School, were made. The site is written in simplistic language, easy for students to follow, and provides information about the characters, the art, the publishing, and even advertising the book. This site also includes a unit with ten lesson plans which is intended to demonstrate the importance of the writing process to students ages 8 to 12.


The Pop-Up World of Ann Montanaro


This exhibit at the Rutgers Univeristy Library features an extensive collection of photographs of pop-up books from Ann Montanaro’s collection. The exhibit also features a brief history of pop-up books which includes how the books are made.



Picture Books for Your Child


Childrenspicturebooks.info includes a vast list of picturebooks, listed by subject on the left side of the page. Teachers and parents can also find a list of the Caldecott Medal winners, reviews, articles on selecting picturebooks, author and illustrator information, and more.


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Chapter 5

Children’s Books: Cinderella Fairy Tales and Online Resources


This article from About.com describes the elements of a “Cinderella Story”, the different variations, and resources on Cinderella. Featured on the right side of the body of the article, as well as at the bottom of the page, are additional links to explore more about Cinderella and other traditional literature.


Cultural Unity Trough Folktales


This unit was developed for junior high students in order to explore literature to benefit their social interactions with peers: using folktales as a way to relate to one another and also appreciate reading. The unit covers tall tales, trickster tales, creation stories, and Cinderella stories and includes a history and suggested activities for each.


Traditional Literature


This site provides an extensive list of links to articles, websites, and other resources related to traditional literature. Categories include Forms of Traditional Literature, Mythology, Tall Tales, and Native American traditional literature. You can also find lesson plans for mythology, fables, tall tales and other forms of traditional literature by clicking on the link provided.


Tales of Wonder


Traditional tales from all over the world can be accessed from this site. The stories are presents in full text on the site, easily accessible for teachers and students. There is a caution that the texts may not be appropriate for all ages, an issue discussed in chapter 5.


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Chapter 6



ReadersRead: Fantasy/SF


Fans of fantasy and science fiction will find a wealth of information on this site. Features include excerpts from new books, interviews, reviews, and the latest news in this genre. You can also find the same information for other genres.


Wands and Worlds


This fantasy and science fiction site for children and teens includes an enormous list of authors in this genre, titles of books and series, and news pertaining to the genre. Visitors can explore summaries of new books that have yet to be released, with the date of release displayed as well.


The SF Site


On the opening page of this site, visitors can read numerous reviews of books in the science fiction genre. You can also find many links on the left side of the page including authors, topics, and other links. There is a link to “Younger Readers” which takes the visitor to a list of science fiction books that are more suitable for younger children.


Modern Fantasy


This site provides many links to web sites and articles relating to fantasy. There is also a link to a unit plan on modern fantasy for third grade developed by Michigan Schools.


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Chapter 7


Contemporary Realistic Fiction


This is an annotated list of realistic fiction books for older readers. The list includes mysteries, adventure, animal stories, short stories, humorous, romance, growing up, peer relationships, family relationships, and special needs.


CCBC: Thinking about Intellectual Freedom


This site includes links to several articiles about censorship in schools, professional statesments about the issue, and guidelines for censoring books in your school. There is a list of recommended books at the bottom of the page which will help any educator with the issue of censorship.


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Chapter 8


Children’s Books: Historical Fiction


This article from About.com covers reviews of contemporary historical fiction in picturebooks, suitable for upper elementary and middle school students. Throughout the article are links to booklists, reviews, and resources.


Historical Fiction in the Elementary Classroom


This site guides educators through selecting quality historical fiction for use in the classroom. Lynette VandeKeift, the author, divided the page into a few different sections including defining, choosing, using, the benefits and issues of historical fiction.


History/Social Science Literature 6-8


This site was developed by the California County Offices of Education and has aligned many children’s literature books with the California standards. Although not all standards are the same, this may be a helpful site for teachers looking to find literature to accompany their units of study.


American Children’s Literature


The Yale-New Have Teachers Institiute has developed this list of curriculum units which use children’s literature as their focus. Some units relate to historical fiction, but others relate to other topics.


Traveling Through American History


This site was developed by Fairfax County Virginia and lists literature to accompany units on a variety of time periods. You can also find many other children’s literature resources when you click on the “elementary” link at the top of the page.


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Chapter 9




This is a companion site to gigglepoetry.com. Teachers can find numerous resources for teaching poetry in their classrooms including activities, books, authors, and poetry theatre.


The home of the Poetry Foundation


A general site for all levels of poetry, the right side of page includes links for children’s poetry. The links are for nursery rhymes, free spirits, animals and pets, and family matters. By clicking on one of those links, you will be taken to a site with additional resources for children’s poetry.


Children’s Poetry Archive


This is a great site for students to explore; it is colorful and easy to navigate. The site offers audio versions of poems for students to listen to. There is also poet interviews and the ability to search for a poem or poet.


Children’s Books: Poetry


This site is a list of reviews of poetry books from About.com. It also includes articles about poetry and links to additional poetry sites.


The Children’s Book Council: Young People’s Poetry Week


The third week of April is dedicated to Young People’s Poetry Week, which encourages adults and children alike to read, write, and appreciate poetry.


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Chapter 10


Autobiographies: Children’s Authors and Illustrators


This is a list of biographies and memoirs of popular children’s authors and illustrators. Bibliographic information as well as a brief synopsis can be found here with each entry.


Native American Indian Children’s Literature: Biographies


This is a list of biographies that highlight Native American authors or illustrators or both. The site provides a synopsis of each book and the appropriate age level of the readers.


Boys and Literacy: New Hampshire Public Radio


This is a radio broadcast concerning the influence of popular culture and topics of literature on boys. Guests are authors of books relating to boys’ literacy. The broadcast is available to listen from this site.


Guys Read


A great site by Jon Scieszka to find lists of books for boys. The lists are divided into “young guys”, “middle guys”, and “older guys”. The site is intended to help boys find books they like to read and also encourages visitors to start their own “Guys Read”. This is a great site for students to visit with great links and fun images, but also provides a separate site for “adults”.


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Chapter 11


Latino Bibliography


This is an annotated bibliography of children’s literature focusing on Latino people, history, and culture. It is divided into resources for teachers and librarians; the children’s section is divided into picturebooks, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.


Ageism Resources


This site is another site from the Internet School Library Media Center , which provides a list of resources from ERIC as well as general resources on the topic. There are also links to find book lists online and lesson plans to teach the topic of ageism.


Mitali Perkins: The Fire Escape


This is a very valuable resource for anyone who strives to use multicultural literature in his or her classroom. It provides numerous titles and reviews of books about many cultures, for both younger and older readers. The creator of the site is also an author of many children’s books for varying age levels.


How to Choose the Best Multicultural Books


This article from Scholastic provides many key points to remember when choosing a multicultural book to use with students. There are author interviews and an annotated book list of 50 multicultural books.


International Children’s Digital Library


This online library strives to provide opportunities for all children to experience other communites of the world through literature. Their mission is to provide this opportunity to all children of the world “by making the best in children’s literature available online.”


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Chapter 12

The Literacy Web


Developed a team of researchers at UConn, this site is designed to help teachers find resources online for his or her specific grade level. Resources include websites, WebQuests, professional development, lesson plans, and more. There are also numerous links providing information for integrating technology into the classroom.


Bibli’s Bookshelf


This online source for digital books is available free of charge for visitors. There are many traditional fantasy books available from authors such as Aesop and the Grimm Brothers. Older readers can also find books available in different categories such as tall tales and mysteries.




This site offers older readers a source to find diction, drama, poetry, short stories, reference books, and study guides. You can search by category after clicking the “read” link on the left side of the page. The study guides provided are available for the most famous literature.


The Internet Public Library


This site is ultimately your public library on the internet, as the name suggests. The most useful links for elementary students and teachers are the “KidSpace” and “TeenSpace” pages, which can be accessed by clicking on the links on the left side of the page. Students can conduct research, find nonfiction books, and even pleasure reading books that they might enjoy. Even more resources and links are provided through this site.


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Chapter 13

Picture Books for Teaching Literary Devices


The Indiana University Southeast Writing Project website offers a list of approximately 50 picture books that can be use to teach multiple crafting techniques for writing.


Kid’s Space


Kids’ Space provides opportunities for kids to communicate with other kids around the world through publication of pictures, stories, music, and webpages. Children can also collaborate to write a picture book, or they can find e-pals -- the online version of pen-pals.


Teaching Writing as a Process


The Annenberg Foundation provides several programs for teacher professional development. This video program examines how to teach writing as a process. Dr. Jeanne R. Paratore of Boston University begins her lecture by distinguishing between the different forms of writing and the various purposes for writing. She reviews the stages of the writing process and outlines the classroom practices that develop students' writing.