CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has added more outstanding websites to Great Websites for Kids, its online resource containing hundreds of links to exceptional websites for children.
The newly added sites are:
Bedtime Math - www.bedtimemath.org
Butterflies and Moths - www.butterfliesandmoths.org/
Climate Kids - climate.nasa.gov/kids/
Computer Science Student Network (CS2N) - www.cs2n.org/
Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment - ele.fredrogerscenter.org/
Jet Propulsion Laboratory - www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/videos/
KidsThinkDesign - www.kidsthinkdesign.org
SciJinks - scijinks.nasa.gov/
TurtleDiary - www.turtlediary.com
“Our recent list offers a fresh selection of sites on subjects such as early learners, outer space, weather, climate, butterflies, the art of design and a new math-based twist on the nightly ritual of story time,” said Kimberly Grad, library information supervisor, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library, and Denise Vallandingham, librarian, Art Institute of Ohio, Cincinnati, co-chairs of ALSC’s Great Websites for Kids Committee.
Great Web Sites for Kids (GWS) features links to high-quality websites of interest to children 14 years of age and younger, organized into diverse subject headings such as animals and dinosaurs; games and entertainment; history and science; art and music; and much more. Each site entry includes a brief annotation and a grade-level rating. GWS users can also rate sites and save their favorite sites for easy access later.
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 2012 Great Websites for Kids Committee are Kimberly Grad, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library, co-chair; Denise Vallandingham, Art Institute of Ohio, Cincinnati, co-chair; Laurie Chudzinski, Houghton Lake (Mich.) Public Library; Lara Crews, Forsyth County (N.C.) Public Library; Brandon Hines, Hays (Kan.) Public Library; Suzanne Kovach, Harford County (Md.) Public Library; Susan Kusel, Arlington, Va.; John E. Peters, Bronx, N.Y.; and Amanda Sharpe, Harper Junior High School Library, Davis, Calif.
The complete listing of recommended great sites with annotations and selection criteria can be found at greatsites.ala.org.