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  • Appropriate for PreK aged youth Appropriate for PreK aged youth.
  • Appropriate for Elementary School aged youth Appropriate for Elementary aged youth.
  • Appropriate for Middle School aged youth Appropriate for Middle School aged youth.
  • Image Appropriate for Parent/Teachers/Caregivers


  • Black History. Image
    This outstanding Black History site offers a full range of activities and was created to support students as they explore topic related to Black History and African American issues. Try the Black History treasure hunt.

  • Child Abuse Prevention Network. Image
    A network of organizations and individuals fighting child abuse.

  • Child Safety on the Information Highway. Image
    A guide to Internet safety for young people, originally from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Interactive Services Association.

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    Resources on all aspects of pregnancy, childbirth, and pre- and post-natal care.

  • Children’s Defense Fund. Image
    This Washington, D.C.-based organization advocates on behalf of children at risk and children with disabilities.

  • Colorín Colorado. Image
    Taken from a Spanish phrase that is often said after reading a good story, "colorin colorado" is a bilingual website for parents and educators who wish to help children become successful life-long readers.

    Al igual que la frase que indica el final de una historia, Colorín Colorado es un sitio bilinghe con informacion para padres y educadores sobre como ayudar a los niños a leer con fluidez y eficiencia.

  • Connect for Kids. Image
    This nonprofit site provides news and information on issues affecting kids and families, over 1500 helpful links to national and local resources, and two e-mail newsletters.

  • Dr. Toy’s Guide on the Internet. Image
    Information on hundreds of recommended toys and products for children.

  • Facts for Families. Image
    Information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

  • Family TLC. Image
    Parenting tips, family activities, articles on child development, and many child-friendly and age-appropriate activities are featured on this site.

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    Educational games for children and teens, plus some teacher and parenting resources.

  • Jean Armour Polly’s 100 Great Sites in Ten Categories. Image
    For families that would like to explore the Web together.

  • KidsDoctor. Image
    Searchable database of pediatric advice.

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    Articles on many aspects of child health—for parents, kids, and health professionals—from the Nemours Foundation.

  • KIDSNET. Image
    The only national non-profit computerized clearinghouse and information center devoted to children’s television, radio, audio, video, and multimedia. Provides resources, including monthly media guides, to help families make smart choices about their children’s media use.

  • KidSource Online. Image
    Information for parents on child health, education, and more.

  • The Learning Page. Image
    Sponsored by the Library of Congress, this site offers lesson plans, activities, and educational initiatives to enhance the teaching of American history and culture.

  • National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities. Image
    “The national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals.”

  • National Runaway Switchboard. Image
    This site offers advice for teens who are having problems as well as general information for parents, teachers and concerned adults.

  • Netsmartz. Image
    Games, activities and information to help kids, teens and parents stay safe on the Internet.

  • Pampers Parenting Institute. Image
    Information from T. Berry Brazelton and other experts on infant and toddler care.

  • ReadyWeb. Image
    An electronic collection of resources on school readiness sponsored by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education.

  • SafeChild.Net. Image
    This child safety site includes information about product recalls, childcare, home safety, camp and Internet safety and more.

  • Speechville. Image
    This valuable resource for families, educators and medical professionals offers about a myriad of speech, language and communications disorders in children.

  • Travel for Kids. Image
    A family travel guide for planning fun vacation trips with children. Vacation ideas for Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Australia/South Pacific, and Africa are included.

  • Zero to Three. Image
    Lots of information on infants and toddlers for both parents and professionals.



  • American Association of School Librarians (AASL).
    Includes AASL partnerships, activities, and the ICONnect project.

  • Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC).
    Includes ALSC partnerships, activities, and the Newbery and Caldecott Medal pages.

  • Awesome Library.
    The Awesome Library organizes your exploration of the World Wide Web with 10,000 carefully reviewed resources. It includes a directory, an index, and a new search engine.
  • Blue Web’n.
    A searchable directory of “Blue Ribbon learning sites” on the Web.

  • Book Links.
    Latest news from this popular magazine for adults interested in connecting children with high quality books and other media. Includes index to all back issues.

  • BookHive: Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg Co.
    A reader's advisory tool for infants through sixth graders that can be searched by topic or reading level; includes materials for parents and other adults.

  • Booklist.
    This digital counterpart of the American Library Association’s Booklist magazine posts reviews and information about new books and other media for young, middle school, and older children.

  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books.
    Great for teachers and librarians looking for reviews of materials for young people.

  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
    A national organization for those involved in special education and gifted education.

  • Dewey Browse.
    Librarian Gail Shea Grainger maintains this listing of web sites for K-12 students, arranged in Dewey Decimal order.

  • Discovery Teaching Tools.
    This portion of the highly regarded educational site offers teachers a puzzle maker, worksheet generator, quiz maker, glossary builder, and clip art gallery.

  • Education Week on the Web.
    Online news from the world of education.

  • Education World.
    An e-zine “where educators go to learn.”

  • ERIC: Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education.
    From the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • History/Social Studies Web Site for K–12 Teachers.
    Resources to encourage the use of the Web as a tool for learning and teaching.

  • International Reading Association (IRA).
    Seeks to promote high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction.

  • Internet Resources for Special Children (IRSC).
    Information relating to the needs of children with disABILITIES on a global basis.

  • Learner Online.
    Site of the Annenberg/CPB Project, which uses public television as an educational tool.

  • Madera Method: Learning Through Research.
    The Madera Method aims to make history come alive for middle and high school students.

  • Media Literacy Online Project.
    A support service for teachers and others concerned with the influence of media in the lives of children and youth.

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children.
    The nationwide professional organization for early childhood educators.

  • National Council of Teachers of English.
    The NCTE site contains curriculum ideas for teachers, resources for parents, and information on English language standards.

  • NEA Teaching, Learning and Technology.
    Advice for educators on using technology in the classroom, from NEA.

  • On Air: The History Channel Classroom.
    The History Channel Classroom provides television programs that middle school, junior high, and high school teachers can videotape and keep for up to a year—along with support materials to help with lesson plans and class activities.

  • Peter Milbury’s School Librarian Web Pages.
    Model school library sites and other great professional links.

  • Poetry 180. Appropriate for Middle School aged youth
    This site is designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem each day of the school year. Poems have been selected by Billy Collins, the Poet Laureate of the United States.

  • Reading is Fundamental (RIF).
    RIF gives free books to children in the schools, encouraging literacy.

  • School Library Journal Online.
    News, ideas, and software reviews for school and public librarians who work with children and YAs.

  • TeachNet: The Teachers’ Network.
    Includes approximately 500 teacher- and student-tested classroom projects for preschool through grade 12.

  • ThinkQuest.
    ThinkQuest is an annual contest that challenges “Students, ages 12 to 19, to use the Internet as a collaborative, interactive teaching and learning tool.” Take a look at some of the wonderful winning sites!

  • Urban Education Web.
    From ERIC; dedicated to urban students, their families, and the educators who serve them.

  • The Vermont Historical Society: Using Historical Journals in the Classroom.
    A fascinating look into the past: two diaries of Vermont children of more than a century ago, and some excellent curriculum suggestions ideal for home schooling families.

  • Women in World History
    Interactive site full of information and resources about women’s experiences throughout history. For teachers, teenagers, parents, and history buffs.

  • Young Adult Librarian’s Help/Homepage.
    Designed to gather resources on and off the Web to help librarians serving teens.

  • Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).
    Events and information for librarians serving young adults.


  • Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents (English version).
    A searchable database of books in Spanish for young people (also available in Spanish).

  • Children’s Book Council.
    This non-profit trade organization is dedicated to encouraging literacy and the use and enjoyment of children's books. The CBC also sponsors Young People's Poetry Week and Children's Book Week each year.

  • The Children’s Literature Web Guide.
    Online stories, kids’ writing, and information about books, authors, book awards, and storytelling.

  • Cooperative Children’s Book Center.
    At the “virtual library” of the School of Education at the Unversity of Wisconsin, find unique online lists such as Thirty Multicultural Books Every Child Should Know and a review of a new and recommended book for children every week.

  • Fairrosa Cyber Library of Children’s Literature.
    An assortment of online resources for those interested in the more theoretical side of children’s literature, including archived discussion from the Child_lit electronic discussion list.

  • National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature.
    This center in Abilene, Texas, provides recognition of the artistic achievements of illustrators and gallery exhibition of their works.

  • Picturing Books.
    This site is an introduction to picture books, including the anatomy of picture books and descriptions of various artistic media and styles. Created by Denise I. Matulka, a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, this is a must-see for anyone studying the art of the picture book.

  • The Puppetry Home Page.
    The Puppetry Home Page is a free resource for the puppetry community. Information about the theater’s most enthralling art form.

  • Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
    This is the professional association for children’s books authors/illustrators.

  • StoryNet.
    Information about the National Storytelling Festival held in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and a print directory of storytellers and storytelling programs.

  • Jim Trelease Home Page.
    Covers Jim Trelease's efforts in helping children make books into friends, not enemies. Includes excerpts from his books, data on his lecture schedule, book reviews, and information on ordering his products.

  • Vandergrift’s Children’s Literature Page.
    A wide-ranging discussion of issues in children’s literature, plus a directory of author and illustrator Web sites.

  • Appropriate for PreK aged youth Appropriate for PreK aged youth.
  • Appropriate for Elementary School aged youth Appropriate for Elementary aged youth.
  • Appropriate for Middle School aged youth Appropriate for Middle School aged youth.

Selection criteria / Suggest a Site

The above sites are recommended for children from preschool through age 14, their parents, and other caregivers. Recommendations apply only to sites listed, not to any sites that may be linked from these sites. The pages are maintained by the Great Web Sites Committee of the Association for Library Service to Children

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