More selections added to ALSC’s Great Web Sites for Kids

For Immediate Release
Tue, 09/13/2011

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CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has added more informative and engaging websites to Great Web Sites for Kids (www.ala.org/greatsites), its online resource containing hundreds of links to exceptional websites for children.

The newly added sites are:

BBC KS2 Bitesize Science -  www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/science/

Discovery Kids - http://kids.discovery.com

Kid's Health - http://kidshealth.org/kid/

After School Mathematics - www.afterschoolmath.org

Energy Kids - www.eia.gov/kids/

“This list represents websites that present valuable educational material in a way that is fun and accessible for young learners and their caregivers!” said Beth Medley, co-chair of ALSC’s Great Web Sites for Kids Committee.
Great Web Sites for Kids (GWS) features links to websites of interest to children 14 years of age and younger, organized into diverse subject headings such as dinosaurs, authors and illustrators; games and entertainment; U.S. history; astronomy and space; and music. There is also a special section with sites of interest to parents, caregivers and teachers. Each site entry includes a brief annotation and a grade-level rating.

Members of the ALSC GWS Committee review potential sites for inclusion and vote on the sites to be included. They also regularly check the entire site to ensure currency and re-evaluate sites when necessary.

Members of the 2011 Great Web Sites for Kids Committee are: Rachel Fyrd, Free Library of Philadelphia, co-chair; Beth Medley, Scottsdale, Ariz., co-chair; Ryan Baker, Long Beach (Calif.) Public Library;  Laurie Chudzinski, Houghton Lake (Mich.) Public Library; Susan Kusel, Arlington, Va.; Sharon Ledford, Harrison Elementary School, Lexington, Ky.; Christine Scheper, Howard Beach, NY; and Stephanie Simpson, Charlotte, N.C.

The complete listing of great sites with annotations and selection criteria can be found at www.ala.org/greatsites.