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View Resource International Association of School Librarianship (IASL)

The IASL is an international organization that offers guidance and advice for the development of school libraries and the school library profession. While librarians and related professionals will get the most out of this site, some of its offerings will also interest other users. Chief among these is the large collection of annotated Internet resources, which are organized by topic (ChildrenĀ“s...
View Resource Page by Page: Creating a Children's Book

From the National Library of Canada, this entertaining site takes the user page-by-page through the creation of a picture book, Zoom Upstream, written by Tim Wynne-Jones and illustrated by Eric Beddows. Zoom Upstream is the third book chronicling the adventures of Zoom the cat; in this one he visits Egypt. The eight main sections of the site, in either French or English, trace the book's progress...
View Resource Science Books Vie for Big Prize

Scientists and science fans, it's time to make your summer reading lists. This BBC Online site contains brief reviews of the twelve books (six of them children's) on the shortlist for this year's Aventis Prize for science books. One of the judges, author and former Booker Prize judge Maggie Gee, said of the finalists: "There are more ideas in these books than I find in contemporary fiction." The...
View Resource Into the Wardrobe: A Web Site Devoted to C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis was a man who wore many hats during his lifetime, although he is best remembered today by the general public as the author of the Chronicles of Narnia series. However, Lewis also published ground-breaking works that examined the function of allegory in medieval literature and was respected for his Christian apologetics. This site honors Lewis's life and substantial body of work, and was...
View Resource Children's Literature

Librarians, teachers, and children's book aficionados will find a wealth of free resources at the Children's Literature website, as well as information about the Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD), available by subscription only. (Visitors to the web site can sign up for a free trial of the database). One of the key features of the site is the Themed Reviews, that make it easy to...
View Resource Children's Books Online

The Children's Book Online website has been online for eight years, and during that time it has grown immensely (largely due to the efforts of numerous volunteers from around the world and the able direction of its president, Guy Chocensky). The site contains full versions of dozens of classic children's books, including David Copperfield, Grampa in Oz, and Peter Rabbit. What is equally compelling...
View Resource University of New Hampshire Library: Literature & Poetry

The University of New Hampshire Library has a range of interesting digital collections, including correspondence from Civil War soldiers, town reports, and intercollegiate athletics. This particular area of the collection focuses on work related to unique literature and poetry items in the library's holdings. Perhaps the most curious item in the collection is the poem "The Boy Made of Meat" by...
View Resource Robert McCloskey Sketches for "Make Way for Ducklings"

Born in 1914 in Hamilton, Ohio, Robert McCloskey came to Boston to attend the now-defunct Vesper George Art School. He left to live in New York for a time and established a career as an author and illustrator in the late 1930s. Over the years, he became the force behind beloved tales like Homer Price, Blueberries for Sal, and Time of Wonder. His most famous work is Make Way for Ducklings, which...

View Resource Association for Library Service to Children: Recommended Books

Public librarians, youth workers, children's educators, and caregivers may want to check out this extensive resource list from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). Here, visitors will find a number of curated lists of recommended books. Each list features both recently published works along with classic publications in order to help young readers - and those who teach them -...

View Resource University of Michigan: Seven Fantasy Classics for Children

Seven Fantasy Classics for Children is an online exhibit about popular children's tales that was curated by University of Michigan students who participated in a children's literature course taught by English professor Liz Makman. This exhibit highlights four stories that "emerge[d] from oral traditions" (Aladdin, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Hansel and Gretel). Also included are three...