ALSC Announces Exceptional Web Sites for Children

Contact: Laura Schulte-Cooper
ALSC Program Officer
(312) 280-2165

For Immediate Release
January 29, 2008

ALSC Announces Exceptional Web Sites for Children

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, is pleased to announce the Web sites added in 2007 to Great Web Sites for Kids (, its online resource containing hundreds of links to commendable Web sites for children.

Great Web Sites for Kids (GWS) features links to valuable Web sites of interest to children, organized by subject headings such as animals; literature and languages; sciences; the arts; and history and biography. There is also a special section with sites of interest to parents, caregivers and teachers and an area devoted to sites in Spanish. The ALSC Great Web Sites for Kids Committee maintains and updates the site.

"In 2007, GWS Committee members reviewed more than 400 Web sites for children aged birth to 14, in search of sites that are outstanding in content and conception," said Becki Bishop, 2007 co-chair of the committee and a media specialist at Campbell Court Elementary School in Bassett, Va. "To make the cut and appear on the Great Web sites for Kids, a site must demonstrate commendable quality and reflect and encourage young people's interests in exemplary ways. Sites are put through a rigorous evaluation and voting process by the committee before being deemed "great" and added to the GWS page."

ALSC's GWS Committee voted to add the following sites in 2007:

Adoption Clubhouse -
Afro-America Kids' Zone -
Bookwink -
Bradshaw Foundation -
The Bubblesphere -
Sharon Creech's Web site -
Diane deGroat's Official Site -
Get Set 4 Kindergarten -
International Digital Children's Library -
Just One More Book -
Kids Boogaloo -
Little Critter -
Marc's Observatory -
Math Playground -
Math Slice -
The Mint -
Mr. Young's Bouncy "A" -
My First Garden -
My Kids Corner -
National Geographic My Wonderful World: Maps - Tools for Adventure -
Noggin -
Pagina Junior -
Planet Esme -
Play Sports TV -
Professor Garfield -
Readergirlz -
Savings Quest -
Science Bob -
Science Buddies -
Sur La Lune Storytime -
Tox Town -
TVO Kids
Chris Van Allsburg's Web site -
World Almanac for Kids -

Members of the 2007 Great Web Sites for Kids Committee were: Rebecca (Becki) Bishop, co-chair, Campbell Court Elementary School, Bassett, Va.; Karen Lemmons, co-chair, Howe Elementary School, Detroit; Amy Brown, Worthington Libraries, Columbus, Ohio; Marci Davis, Multnomah County Library, Portland, Ore.; Robin Gibson, Granville, Ohio; Leslie Millrod, Westhampton Free Library, Westhampton Beach, N.Y.; Carla Morris, Provo City (Utah) Library; and Marianne Stambaugh, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa.

Complete selection criteria can be found at, click on "Selection Criteria" in the left-hand navigation menu.

For more information on ALSC's GWS, please visit