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International Children's Digital Library - University of Maryland

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1 to 12
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Encourage your students to read with this extensive digital library that includes hundreds of books from all over the world, in their original languages. Browse the site by category,...more
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Encourage your students to read with this extensive digital library that includes hundreds of books from all over the world, in their original languages. Browse the site by category, title, author or location and prepare reading lists of your students. Establish a high-tech reading center by making this site available on classroom computers. Texts can be accessed using a basic (56K connection) or enhanced (high-speed connection) mode. A project of the University of Maryland and the Internet Archive.

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Rudyard Kipling Society

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9 to 12
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While Kipling is not a staple of today's reading lists, many of his works have become classics. This British site offers a biography, listings of books and poems, a poem ...more
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While Kipling is not a staple of today's reading lists, many of his works have become classics. This British site offers a biography, listings of books and poems, a poem of the day, and links to related resources and publications. It could be useful as part of an author study, or for a student interested in finding additional books by the author.

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Book Talks - Quick and Simple - Nancy Keane

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1 to 6
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Nancy Keane has collected thousands of short (sometimes very short) book descriptions into an easily-accessed collection for use by elementary librarians and reading teachers. You will...more
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Nancy Keane has collected thousands of short (sometimes very short) book descriptions into an easily-accessed collection for use by elementary librarians and reading teachers. You will probably want to augment many of these if your book talks need to be more than a minute or two, but they can be a great starting point.

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Lesson Plans from Keith Haring - Keith Haring

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1 to 3
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Children's illustrator Keith Haring offers some surprisingly detailed lessons for primary students in this collection. Haring is a man of few words and many images, so the lessons have...more
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Children's illustrator Keith Haring offers some surprisingly detailed lessons for primary students in this collection. Haring is a man of few words and many images, so the lessons have a particular appeal for beginners.

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Children'sLit.com

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1 to 6
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Here's a children's literature database coupled with an ongoing service to keep reading teachers and others aware of new releases and events in children's literature. The monthly features...more
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Here's a children's literature database coupled with an ongoing service to keep reading teachers and others aware of new releases and events in children's literature. The monthly features and booklists are freely available; members also have access to an extensive MARC book listing catalog and a searchable collection of reviews.

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Visit the Features link to explore some of the outstanding offerings, including a collection of Themed Reviews organized by topic, a Meet the Authors and Illustrators section (containing contact information for visiting author programs), and an impressive collection of teaching guides and materials. All book reviews include age recommendations. A "Kids' Resources" link provides an annotated list of kid-friendly sites that can be safely explored by students.

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Americas Award for Children and Young Adult Literature - University of Wisconsin

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Here's a collection of outstanding books for children and young people by Hispanic authors and/or about Hispanic themes. Teachers and librarians may find this list useful in selecting...more
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Here's a collection of outstanding books for children and young people by Hispanic authors and/or about Hispanic themes. Teachers and librarians may find this list useful in selecting appropriate or attractive titles for their students. The "commended list" links provide title, description, and ISBN information for the various titles, ordered by year.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities within the "resources" section of the page. Explore through these resources to find one to add a multicultural perspective to your history or language arts class. Be sure to save the site as a favorite to allow for easy reference later on.

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Rainforest Alliance - Kids & Teachers Page - Rainforest Alliance

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2 to 12
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The kids' page is directed towards elementary science, with coloring pages and fun frog facts for kids. The Teachers' page has helpful hints and recommendations for rainforest lessons...more
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The kids' page is directed towards elementary science, with coloring pages and fun frog facts for kids. The Teachers' page has helpful hints and recommendations for rainforest lessons in grades K-12. Both sections have links for further research, and there are reading lists for both children and adults.

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Children's Choice Reading List - International Reading Association

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1 to 9
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This site lists approximately 100 recently published children's books, chosen by children and sorted by reading level. Endorsed by the children themselves, these books are meant to...more
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This site lists approximately 100 recently published children's books, chosen by children and sorted by reading level. Endorsed by the children themselves, these books are meant to encourage reading among children ages 5 to 14.

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Teachers' Choice Reading List - International Reading Association

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This site lists approximately 100 recently published children's books, chosen by children and sorted by reading level. Endorsed by the children themselves, these books are meant to...more
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This site lists approximately 100 recently published children's books, chosen by children and sorted by reading level. Endorsed by the children themselves, these books are meant to encourage reading among children ages 5 to 14.

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Recommended Literature - California Department of Education

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This page from the California Department of Education offers a fully searchable database of literature for K-12 students. Available search criteria include age, language, awards, and...more
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This page from the California Department of Education offers a fully searchable database of literature for K-12 students. Available search criteria include age, language, awards, and a variety of topical keywords. Each book listing includes a short synopsis.

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Teachers will find this a great tool for locating books appropriate to particular topics or student interests, especially in multi-lingual classrooms

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Best of the Year for Young Adults - American Library Association

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The American Library Association's annual listings of the best young adult fiction and non-fiction. You'll find listings for 2002 as well as several years prior. Find the good works...more
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The American Library Association's annual listings of the best young adult fiction and non-fiction. You'll find listings for 2002 as well as several years prior. Find the good works here.

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TeachersFirst's Reading List Collection - TeachersFirst

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Some students have trouble finding books that interest them. This collection comes to the rescue with reading lists for all sorts and types of interests. ...more
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Some students have trouble finding books that interest them. This collection comes to the rescue with reading lists for all sorts and types of interests.

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Try using these lists with your reluctant readers; there are dozens of possibilities.

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The Lifetime Reading List - TeachersFirst

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Want suggestions for what every literate student (or adult) should read? Here are some suggestions from TeachersFirst's editors. ...more
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Want suggestions for what every literate student (or adult) should read? Here are some suggestions from TeachersFirst's editors.

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Share this list with students as a challenge, and make the link available on your class web page. Consider conducting a year-long independent reading challenge, asking students to read from this list and create their choice of media "advertisement" or critique of the book using one of the many tool options in the TeachersFirst Edge. Ask students to generate a personal goal "Lifetime Reading" or "Book Bucket List" and share it in their own creative way.

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Holocaust Bibliographies and Books

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A thorough listing of links to booklists on the Holocaust. ...more
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A thorough listing of links to booklists on the Holocaust.

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Use this site as a means to find literary resources for a unit on the Holocaust. Save this site as a favorite on your desktop to allow for easy retrieval and access.

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Celtic Studies Reading Lists - Privately Published

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An interesting list of links to information on Celtic studies, with links and annotations. ...more
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An interesting list of links to information on Celtic studies, with links and annotations.

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A Recommended Reading List

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This list, taken from Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren's classic How to Read a Book, provides a comprehensive list of the great books of all ages. It's a great ...more
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This list, taken from Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren's classic How to Read a Book, provides a comprehensive list of the great books of all ages. It's a great reference list for a lifetime reading program.

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Banned Books Online

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The University of Pennsylvania provides an interesting listing of books that have been are " banned"-- suppressed or censored by authorities. The site provides a short history of the...more
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The University of Pennsylvania provides an interesting listing of books that have been are " banned"-- suppressed or censored by authorities. The site provides a short history of the books listed and give links to other sites with the same concern.

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This is a useful site for history and English teachers, and a great discussion- starter.

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St. Charles Public Library Best Books for Young Adults 2000

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This annual list of fiction and non-fiction complied by the Young Adult Library Services Association of the St. Charles Public Library provides annotated suggestions for young adults...more
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This annual list of fiction and non-fiction complied by the Young Adult Library Services Association of the St. Charles Public Library provides annotated suggestions for young adults ages 12 to 18.

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Use these book lists as a way to interest hesitant readers in your classroom. The books recommended are all interesting enough to capture any young mind, regardless of their previous feelings towards reading. Avid readers will also love this site, so be sure to post it on your teacher web page to allow students to access it out of the classroom. Parents will also love access to the site, and can use it to generate a summer reading list for their kids.

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Beyond the Core - NCTE

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The National Council of Teachers of English has created this listing of books for middle and high school students who want to explore literature that goes beyond the basic curriculum...more
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The National Council of Teachers of English has created this listing of books for middle and high school students who want to explore literature that goes beyond the basic curriculum taught in many schools. Each listing includes a synopsis of the book, and many have links to additional resources.

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While some of these texts may be commonplace in some schools, the collection itself could be a useful resource for teachers looking for something new for their students.

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BDD Books for Young People: Teacher's Resource Center

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Lots of interesting materials here! Teacher's resources are organized by many categories-- alphabetical, thematic, and award winners. An especially interesting listing is one for reluctant...more
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Lots of interesting materials here! Teacher's resources are organized by many categories-- alphabetical, thematic, and award winners. An especially interesting listing is one for reluctant readers. Links to Children's Book Council, American Library, Children's Literature Web and others make this a good stop to shop.

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Use this site to obtain reading lists and recommendations for read-aloud books for the classroom. Make sure to check for updates, as the site gets new lists continuously.

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