WEB RESOURCES FOR LITERACY TEACHERS

 

The literacy sites listed here are wide ranging.  We have organized them into 21 categories for convenience, but many have multiple functions and defy easy classification.  The categories we created are:

 

Children's Literature

Children's Book Awards

Books  and E-Books

Miscellaneous Teacher Resources

Struggling Readers and Exceptional Students

Reading Processes and Strategies

Interactive Sites for Kids

Search Engines

Links to Teachers and Kids

Selected Author Sites

Literacy-Related Organizations

Online Journals

Government Sites

Selected Research Centers

Selected UK and Commonwealth Sites

Online References

ERIC Sites

Help for Parents

Sites for ESL and Adult Literacy

Historical Sites

Hoax Sites

 

Please scroll to the one you want.

 

Children's Literature

 

Internet School Library Media Center.  A beautifully designed site with links to author sites, awards, commercial publishers, organizations, special education, core content subjects, technology, and more.  Housed at James Madison University and administered by Inez Ramsey. http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil

 

The Children's Literature Web Guide.  An attempt to gather together and categorize the growing number of Internet resources related to books for children and young Adults. Much of the information that you can find through these pages is provided by others: fans, schools, libraries, and commercial enterprises involved in the book world. http://www.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/index.html  

 

TeachingBooks.net. Combines many great features: multimedia components, discussion guides to more than 1,000 books, author study, links to children's literature sites. http://www.teachingbooks.net 

 

Carol Hurst.  This site is now sponsored by Teaching PreK-8.  It is a collection of reviews of children's literature and ways to use children's literature in the classroom.  Features literature-related activities across many subjects and themes.  In addition to author studies and book reviews, the site also contains a great deal of professional information.  Direct links for ordering literature. http://www.carolhurst.com

 

Jim Trelease.  Though a bit commercial, this site, by the read-aloud master, offers some unusual links (e.g., parenting, publishers, author sites, "kid-safe" sites) and other features.  Worth a visit. http://www.trelease-on-reading.com

 

Vandergrift's Children's Literature Page.  Great site for children's literature, created by Kay E. Vandergrift of Rutgers University. http://scils.rutgers.edu/%7Ekvander/ChildrenLit/index.html

 

 

Children's Book Awards

 

Choices.  Lists books having received one of the following distinctions: Children's Choice, Young Adults' Choice, or Teachers' Choices.  In my experience, these books are more likely to connect with young people than Newbery or Caldecott Award winners.  Deep-link within the IRA site: http://www.ira.org/choices

 

University of Calgary's Awards Links.  Links to most major childrenŐs book awards, including many of the specific links that follow in this section.  Canadian, British, New Zealand, and Australian awards too. http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/awards.html

 

Newbery Medal.  Operated by the American Library Association.  Extensive information on current and past winners, honor books, history of the award, selection process. http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=Book_Media_Awards&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=31915

 

Caldecott Medal. Extensive information on current and past winners, honor books, history of the award, selection process. Operated by the American Library Association. http://www.ala.org/alsc/caldecott.html

 

Coretta Scott King Award.  This award "honors African American authors and illustrators for outstanding contributions to children's and young adult literature that promote understanding and appreciation of the culture and contribution of all people to the realization of the American Dream."  Offers information on the history of the award, criteria and selection, its present and past winners.  Operated by the Amer. Library Asso. http://www.ala.org/srrt/csking

 

Hans Christian Andersen Medal.  Established in 1956 by the International Board on Books for Young People. Currently awarded every two years to one author and one illustrator in recognition of his or her entire body of work.  http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/ibby.html

 

Phoenix Award.  Given each year by the Children's Literature Association to an English-language book that was first published twenty years earlier but that did not receive a major award at the time of its publication. http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/phoenix.html

 

Georgia Children's Book Awards.  Does your state recognize children's literature that

has been selected by local educators or children?  Do a search and find out! http://www.coe.uga.edu/gachildlit/awards/index.html

 

 

Books  and E-Books

 

The Intersect Digital Library.  Features an extensive "library of 'supported text' books incorporating resources and study strategies that help students learn more from what they read."  Contains not only online texts with various support features but lesson plans and help for creating your own supported texts.  This is Lynne Anderson-Inman's superb site at the University of Oregon.  Be sure to note the Diary of Opal Whiteley. http://intersect.uoregon.edu

 

Project Gutenberg.  Thousands of public domain online texts of famous works. "Fine literature digitally re-published." http://promo.net/pg

 

Internet Public Library.  The IPL offers the full texts of some classics.  Children's literature, mostly in the public domain, is also included.  Many interesting features for kids. http://www.ipl.org

 

The English Server.  This site is housed at the Iowa State University.  Makes available many literary texts online, as well as literary commentary.  "Literacy and Education" link is useful. http://www.eserver.org

 

Reading A-Z.  Offers downloadable books for guided reading and phonics. Each book has lesson plans and worksheets and the benchmark books have running record forms. http://www.readinga-z.com

 

Fable Library.  Offers a number of engaging, downloadable fables (new ones, not the classics), mostly at beginning reading levels.  Also contains a "Make Your Own Fable" feature, enabling children to create their own fables and submit them to the site. http://www.fablevision.com/place/library/index.html

 

Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents.  Contains a searchable database of "more than 6,000 in print books that deserve to be read by Spanish-speaking children and adolescents (or those who wish to learn Spanish)."  Headings and descriptions are bilingual.  Updated weekly.  Sponsored by California State University, San Marcos. http://www.csusm.edu/csb/intro_eng.html

 

The Velveteen Rabbit.  Online version of this classic.  (Text only.) http://www.writepage.com/velvet.htm

 

The Real Mother Goose.  Complete online texts of the rhymes.  Introduction by May Hill Arbuthnot.  Beautifully illustrated. http://trmg.designwest.com

 

Grimms' Fairy Tales.  Twelve tales from the 1914 translation appear on this National Geographic site.  Also offers activities, resources, and map. http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm.html

 

 

Miscellaneous Teacher Resources

 

ReadWriteThink.  Sponsored jointly by the International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the MarcoPolo Education Foundation. It is a "free website offering standards-based lesson plans and online resources that integrate Internet content meaningfully into K-8 reading and language arts instruction."  http://www.ira.org/publications/rwt/  

 

Gallileo Internet Resources.  Links to many other sources, including ERIC, USDOE, lesson plans, materials, more.  Operated by Univ, System of Ga. Board of Regents. http://www.usg.edu/galileo/internet/education/education.html

 

Internet4Classrooms.  A a collaborative project developed by Susan Brooks and Bill Byles, this site contains a multitude of resources for educators at all grade levels.  Includes online texts. http://www.internet4classrooms.com/lang.htm

 

ABC Teach.  This colorful and easy-to-browse website is one of my favorites.  I recommend it to any educator or parent looking for useful and creative materials and ideas.  It offers month-to-month teaching themes, a rain forest unit, printable Dolch lists, literature materials (e.g., Charlotte's Web), portfolio resources, book report forms, graphic organizers, and many, many more.  http://www.abcteach.com

 

School Express.  Contains free worksheets, free units, free math online activities, free stories online, award maker, spell maker, funtime, and many other activities. http://www.schoolexpress.com

 

Public Broadcasting System.  Many kid activities related to characters they are familiar with, such as The Big Red Dog, Bert, Ernie etc.  There are also many interactive writing activities. Included are links to other PBS sites. http://www.pbs.org 

 

Georgia Learning Connections.  A great site for lesson plans, regular and special education information, and teaching strategies across the curriculum. http://www.glc.k12.ga.us

 

Apple Learning Interchange. A great site for lesson plans, regular and special education information, and teaching strategies across the curriculum.  http://www.ali.apple.com

 

NEA.  Home page of the National Education Association.  Many links to resources and information for teachers.  Try the "Readacross" link for materials, lesson plans, and more.          http://www.nea.org

 

Preschool by Stormie.  Provides preschool teachers with monthly thematic activities.  Stormie suggests a shape, colors, number, letters, gross motor focus, fine motor focus, nursery rhyme, water table activity, and mini-georgraphic/multicultural idea per month. http://www.preschoolbystormie.com

 

The Perpetual Preschool.  Offers teachers month-by-month ideas for various activities, plus teaching tips (e.g., about behavior management, home visits, etc.), seasonal themes, "Teacher 2 Teacher" (where teachers correspond online), and learning center ideas.  http://www.perpetualpreschool.com

 

Enchanted Learning.  Offers background information and free printable materials and pictures on a variety of common topics (e.g., butterflies, dinosaurs, states, Antarctica, rainforests). http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/Home.html

 

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE!).  Offers hundreds of educational  resources supported by by U.S. Federal government agencies in various subjects including the arts, educational technology, foreign languages, health and safety, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, etc. http://www.ed.gov/free

 

Between the Lions.  This site is tied to the PBS series of the same name.  It features over 200 games and stories based on the series, divided into 30 web sites, one for each episode. Each site follows the same phonics/whole language curriculum as the series. http://www.pbskids.org/lions

 

CyberGuides.  These are activities and lesson plans centered around popular childrenŐs literature, grades K-12.  Prepared through S.C.O.R.E. (Schools of California Online Resources in Education) http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/cyberguide.html

 

Kathy Schrock.  Kathy Shrock's Guide for Educators is a categorized list of sites on the Internet found useful for enhancing curriculum and teachers' professional growth.   A branch of DiscoverySchool.com. http://discoveryschool.com/schrockguide/index.html

 

Library in the Sky.  Contains over 10,000 links to some of the best educational resources on the Internet, The Library in the Sky guides teachers, students, parents, librarians, and members of the community on their journeys through cyberspace. http://www.nwrel.org/sky

 

Song Lyrics.com.  Check out the lyrics to those songs your teens are listening to!  (Plus many others.).  Linked to Google as a search engine. http://www.songlyrics.com/songlyrics

 

Education World.  This site claims a searchable database of 500,000 resources.  Links include: Lesson Planning, News/Eye on School, Curriculum, Books in Education, Administrators, Education Site Reviews, Financial Planning.  Sponsored by American Fidelity Assurance Company. http://www.education-world.com

 

Alphabet Superhighway.  The Alphabet Superhighway is a resource for teachers to find materials and ideas for teaching almost any part of the elementary or secondary curriculum; it is a place for students to browse for ideas and materials for reports and for in depth information on topics of interest, for classes to build exhibits on problem based projects, for challenges, and for fun http://www.ash.udel.edu/ash/index_1.html

 

Teacher's Desk.   A collection of lesson ideas for Spelling, Writing, English, Reading, and Vocabulary, especially  for grades 5 and 6. http://www.teachersdesk.org

 

Classroom Connect.  Online form of a publication designed as "the K-12 educators' practical guide to using the Internet in the classroom."  Loads of resources. http://www.classroom.com

 

New York Times.  Presents a daily article from the New York Times, complete with classroom activities, plus this date in history, a crossword puzzle, and a current events quiz.  Also offers online software and e-mail access to reporters. http://www.nytimes.com/learning

 

Teaching with Folklore.  Resources page for teaching folklore (myths, legends, tales, fables,         religious lore).  Developed by Gary Holzgang, a teacher at Hemmingford Elementary School, New Frontiers School Board, Quebec. Offers lesson plans, resources, search function, contact information, more. http://www.qesn.meq.gouv.qc.ca/folklore/index.htm

 

Aaron ShepardŐs RT Page.  Devoted to readerŐs theater.  Includes advice on creating classroom scripts from childrenŐs literature and also a number of downloadable scripts ready to use.  Also offers contact information and a means      of sharing scripts. http://www.aaronshep.com/rt

 

KinderKorner.  Great site for early childhood teachers, created by Victoria Smith!  It is packed with resources, plus she shows pictures of how she gets her classroom ready for the beginning of school. www.kinderkorner.com

 

Reading Rockets.  Gives lots of information for both parents and teachers.  Operated by WETA, a PBS station in Maryland. www.readingrockets.org

 

Nancy Keane's Booktalks.  Good site for ideas and tips about giving booktalks. www.nancykeane.com/booktalks

 

TeacherFiles.com.  Offers free clip art, plus "innovative lessons and resources for teachers."  A creative site operated by Virginia teacher Shayni Tokarczyk. http://www.teacherfiles.com/index.html

 

Reading Rainbow.  There are two key sites associated with this popular series.  Both offer descriptions and suggested activities by title. http://www.canlearn.com/READINGR/rr-alt.html

http://gpn.unl.edu/rainbow

 

Tucows.  Allows you to download freeware and shareware.  Bills itself as the largest software download site. http://www.tucows.com/

 

edHelper.  Lots of units, lesson plans, and teaching ideas, but you must subscribe. http://www.edhelper.com/

 

Starfall.  This sight offers free resources, including interactive activities, and also low-cost resources. http://www.starfall.com/

 

 

Struggling Readers and Exceptional Students

 

International Dyslexia Association (IDA). The "oldest learning disabilities organization in the nation, founded in 1949."  Offers resources, information, and research for educators, parents, and others.  Useful links. http://www.interdys.org/index.jsp

 

AVKO Dyslexia Research Foundation.  Offers resourses and commercial products.  Somewhat out of the mainstream.  A related site is http://www.spelling.org. http://www.avko.org

 

Council for Exceptional Children.  Homepage for the CEC, this internet site provides teachers with a valuable resources for their exceptional students.  http://www.cec.sped.org

 

LD OnLine.  Provides information and suggestions for parents, teachers, and students.  Useful links and activity section. A great site for lesson plans, regular and special education information, and teaching strategies across the curriculum. http://www.ldonline.org

 

 

Reading Processes and Strategies

 

Four Blocks.  Patricia Cunningham's site, created to provide information about her Four Blocks model.  Offers overviews, suggestions, research, and commercial resources. http://www.wfu.edu/~cunningh/fourblocks

 

SEDL.  Southwest Educational Development Laboratory's site, organized by area of reading (e.g., decoding, comprehension, letter knowledge, etc.).  Contains a great deal of background on each area.http://www.sedl.org/reading/framework

 

Reading/Literacy Resources for Present and Future Teachers.  This marvelous site, constructed by David Lund at the Southern Utah University, offers useful links to nearly every dimension of literacy (e.g., fluency, content literacy, diversity, comprehension, assessment).  Links to articles, printable materials, and key sites.   Frequently updated. http://www.suu.edu/faculty/lundd/readingsite/readingresources

 

ReadingQuest. Raymond Jones' site containing explanations of key strategies for teaching vocabulary and comprehension. The strategies are universal and well validated but the examples here have a social studies context. Included are semantic feature analysis, graphic organizers, reciprocal teaching questioning the author, question-answer relationships (QARs), KWL, comparison-contrast charts, story maps, and many more. http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/go/readquest

 

The Literacy Web.  Don Leu's excellent site at Uconn; great links to many resources in all major areas of literacy.  In Don's words, "The Literacy Web is an extensive collection of the very best resources we have found on the Internet to support teachers with limited time.  Julie [Coiro] has organized The Literacy Web so that you may quickly explore these resources by grade level or by a specific topic area to find the resources you need. http://www.literacy.uconn.edu

 

 

Interactive Sites for Kids

 

WordPlays.  Interactive word games of all kinds and at many levels, such as Boggler, Crossword Challenge, Words In Word, Jumble, Anagram, Word Morph and Crossword Helper.  Contains online dictionary. Created and maintained by one dedicated individual, Richard DeSimine. http://www.wordplays.com

 

Wacky Web Tales. Children can write their own funny tales by picking a title and filling in the blanks with nouns and verbs. (Based on Mad-Libs.) The tales geared for grade 3+. http://www.eduplace.com/tales

 

Fun Brain. Full of games for children of all ages and tends to be especially fun for  school-age children.  There are also teacher and parent resources available  on this site. http://www.funbrain.com

 

Giggle Poetry.  This website encompasses a whole realm of poetry and activities to do with poetry.  The  website was created by Bruce Lansky, and he gives students opportunities to rate  poems, submit poems, ask a poet questions, read interviews, and learn how to write poetry. The site also includes links to poetryteachers.com and fictionteachers.com. http://www.gigglepoetry.com                   

 

Discovery School.  For parents, students and teachers.  Support for quizzes, worksheets, puzzlemaker, and lesson plans. http://www.discoveryschool.com

 

KidsReads.com.  An excellent site for hands-on use by kids.  It is easy to navigate and there is little advertising.  This site features: video interviews with authors, sneak previews of new books, opportunities to write to authors, a question of the week, student responses to questions about literature, online trivia quizzes about books, word scrambles with book ties, a bookshelf featuring entire books online, information about many authors, and links to other literature sites. http://www.kidsreads.com

 

The Write Site.  This Ohio site offers tips to middle schoolers on writing well.  It has a journalistic focus and provides plenty of background on newspaper publishing and related topics. http://www.writesite.org

 

Kid's Search Tools.  An Internet search tool for children.  Search sites are screened for childrenŐs safety. http://www.rcls.org/ksearch.htm

 

Little Explorers.  ChildrenŐs Online Engish Dictionary containing over 1,200 entries.  Also contains English-French, English-German,  English-Portuguese, or the English-Spanish version.  There is a list of classroom activities that use the Little Explorers site. http://www.enchantedlearning.com/dictionary.html

 

Bibliomania.  Lots of online public domain books. http://www.bibliomania.com

 

Jolly Roger.  Lots of teen classics online, chat room available for students to chat about books they have read. http://www.jollyroger.com/treasureisland.html

 

State Information.  Gives information about all 50 states, including a bio and picture of the governor, the state flower, capital, links, etc.  Just replace "ga" in this address with the two-letter postal abbreviation of the state you wish to research. http://www.state.ga.us

 

CyberPuppy Software.  Offers a way to construct a journal for those who may not be motivated to do so.  Provides email prompts and a student's responses to them are housed in the form of an electronic journal that can be viewed on a             customized web page.  A password is assigned and it's all free. http://www.CyberPuppy.com

 

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL).  Offers advice to secondary and college students on grammar, writing in various disciplines, Internet research, more.  Good resource for ESL writers. http://owl.english.purdue.edu

 

Ask Jeeves. Pose any factual question and let "Jeeves," a virtual manservant, look up the answer.  This site is linked to several major search engines.  It provides not only the answer but lots of related information.  Results can be a bit complex, but upper elementary students should be able to sift through them. http://www.askjeeves.com

 

Yahooligans.  Page full of links for kids – some educational, others just for fun.  Excellent kid-friendly search engine. http://www.yahooligans.com

 

Word Central.  Offers a student dictionary, a "Build Your Own Dictionary" option, and the "Daily Buzzword."  Operated by Merriam-Webster.  Daily buzzword gives in-depth descriptions and even a nonthreatening multiple-choice question. http://www.wordcentral.com

 

CIA World Fact Book.  This site offers extensive information (maps, facts, figures) about countries. This is not really a kid site but some will find it intriguing because of the CIA connection, which is quite real.  An excellent database for strategic reading. http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html

 

 

Search Engines

 

Google Images.  A relatively new feature of this excellent search engine is the "Images" option.  By entering your request and then clicking on the Images link, you retrieve only pictures.  Excellent tool for struggling readers with imaging difficulties or others who find the Internet's labyrinth of hypertext a little daunting. http://www.google.com

 

Metasearch Engines.  Ever think your search engine may have missed a few sites?  You're right.  Google, for instance, captures only 42% of indexable web pages.  Try one of the new super engines that combine regular search engines and give you a single list.

http://www.ixquick.com

http://www.vivisimo.com

http://www.profusion.com

 

 

Links to Teachers and Kids

 

Rteacher Listserv.  IRA's listserv, now bringing together over 1,000 reading educators.  Subscribers can pose questions or merely "lurk" and follow discussion threads.  Easy to get on and off.  You can subscribe to a digest version if you wish and receive just one composite message per day.  An excellent means of sharing expertise with educators you'd be unlikely ever encounter in person. There is no fee and you need not be a member of IRA to subscribe.  The following site gives directions for subscribing: http://www.ira.org/virtual/rt_listserv.html

 

Children's Stomping Ground. Contains links to several sites for people interested in starting pen pal correspondence, either by email or snail mail.  Operated by the Blackett Family in the U.K. http://www.oink.demon.co.uk/kids.htm

 

Teaching.com.  Intercultural email classroom connections; allows you to link up with other teachers so that your students can exchange email. http://www.iecc.org

 

American School Directory.  Links to over 70,000 schools with web sites.  Contains a search engine "School Reports" options.  The "Education Connection" provides links to other web sites of interest to teachers, parents, and students.  Students can also take virtual field trips to NSF, NASA, IBM, and more. http://www.asd.com

 

 

Selected Author Sites

 

The following woefully but unavoidably incomplete list of author sites combines "official" sites (not all authors have them) with other useful ones.  Please forgive me if I've left out your favorite.  If I have, simply go to Google.com and type in your author's name.  Chances are, you'll be overwhelmed.

 

Lloyd Alexander http://www.cas.usf.edu/lis/alis/lis5937/prior/eliza.htm

Tedd Arnold http://www.geocities.com/~teddarnold

Avi http://www.avi-writer.com

Natalie Babbitt http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/babbitt.htm

L. Frank Baum http://www.literarytraveler.com/spring/west/baum.htm

Judy Blume http://www.judyblume.com

Jan Brett http://www.janbrett.com

Marc Brown http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/arthur

Eve Bunting http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/bunting.htm

Eric Carle http://www.eric-carle.com

Nancy Carlson http://www.nancycarlson.com

Lewis Carroll http://www.lewiscarroll.org/carroll.html

Beverly Cleary http://www.beverlycleary.com

Brian Cleary http://www.briancleary.com

Susan Cooper www.thelostland.com

Sharon Creech http://www.sharoncreech.com

Christopher Paul Curtis http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/curtis.htm

Karen Cushman http://www.eduplace.com/rdg/author/cushman

Debbie Dadey             http://www.baileykids.com/authors.htm

Roald Dahl http://www.roalddahl.com/

Teri Daniels http://www.TeriDanielsBooks.com

Tomie DePaola http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/depaola.htm

Sylvia Engdahl http://www.sylviaengdahl.com

Sid Fleischman http://www.carr.org/authco/fleischman.htm

Mem Fox http://www.memfox.net

Paula Fox http://www.frontstreetbooks.com/apage/main_biopf.htm

Jean Fritz http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/fritz.htm

Charles Ghigna   ("Father Goose") www.CharlesGhigna.com

Patricia Reilly Giff http://www.bcplonline.org/kidspage/kids_pgiff.html

Brothers Grimm http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm.html

Virginia Hamilton http://www.virginiahamilton.com

Barbara Haworth-Attard http://www.barbarahaworthattard.com

Kate Greenaway http://www.speel.demon.co.uk/artists2/greenway.htm

Anna Grossnickle Hines http://www.aghines.com

Will Hobbs http://www.willhobbsauthor.com

Deborah Hopkinson http://people.whitman.edu/~hopkinda

Erick Ingraham http://www.erickingraham.com

Brian Jacques http://www.redwall.org/dave/jacques.html

Marcia Thornton Jones http://www.baileykids.com/authors.htm

Ezra Jack Keats http://www.lib.usm.edu/~degrum/keats/biography.html

Brian Lies http://www.brianlies.com

Madeleine L'Engle http://www.madeleinelengle.com

Lois Lenski http://www.mlb.ilstu.edu/ressubj/speccol/lenski/Welcome.html

Laura Leuck http://patmedia.net/aleuck/

Arnold Lobel http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/arnoldlobel.htm

Lois Lowry http://www.ipl.org/youth/AskAuthor/Lowry.html

Bill Martin, Jr. http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/billmartin.htm

Susan Rowan Masters            http://www.madbbs.com/~srmasters

Nancy McArthur http://junior.apk.net/~mcarthur

Suse McDonald http://www.create4kids.com

Walter Dean Myers http://scils.rutgers.edu/~kvander/myers.html

A. A. Milne http://www.pooh-corner.com/biomilne.html

Robert Munsch http://www.robertmunsch.com

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor http://www.ipl.org/youth/AskAuthor/Naylor.html

Scott O'Dell http://www.scottodell.com/

Janie Lynn Panagopoulos http://www.JLPanagopoulos.com/

Linda Sue Park http://www.lindasuepark.com

Dorothy Hinshaw Patent http://www.dorothyhinshawpatent.com

Katherine Patterson http://www.terabithia.com

Gary Paulsen http://www.randomhouse.com/features/garypaulsen

Tamora Pierce http://www.tamora-pierce.com

Patricia Polacco http://www.patriciapolacco.com

Beatrix Potter http://www.beatrixpottersociety.org.uk

Jack Prelutsky http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/poetry/jack_home.htm

Robert Quackenbush http://www.rquackenbush.com

J.K. Rowling http://www.scholastic.com/harrypotter/author

Louis Sachar http://www.randomhouse.com/teachers/rc/rc_ab_lsa.html

Richard Scarry http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/scarry.htm

Dr. Seuss http://www.seuss.org/seuss/seuss.home.html

Neal Shusterman http://www.storyman.com

William Steig http://www.williamsteig.com

Robert Louis Stevenson http://www.sc.edu/library/spcoll/britlit/rls/rls.html

R.L. Stine http://www.scholastic.com/goosebumps/books/stine/index.htm

Phoebe Stone http://www.phoebestone.com

Nikki Tate http://www.stablemates.net

J. R. R. Tolkien http://www.tolkiensociety.org

Chris Van Allsburg http://www.eduplace.com/rdg/author/cva/index.html

Jules Verne http://jv.gilead.org.il

Carole Boston Weatherford http://www.boydsmillspress.com/authors.tpl?command=showpage&authorid=0769

David Wiesner http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/authors/wiesner

Laura Ingalls Wilder http://webpages.marshall.edu/~irby1/laura/frames.html 

Laurence Yep http://scils.rutgers.edu/~kvander/yep.html

 

 

Literacy-Related Organizations

 

International Reading Association.  The principal organization for literacy educators.  Offers literacy links, bookstore, listservs, research, "Choices" booklists (Children's, Young Adults', and Teachers'), grants, conferences. Also accessible at www.reading.org. http://www.ira.org

 

National Reading Conference.  Information about the organization, which consists mainly of reading researchers, its annual meeting, and listserv.  An excellent section on "Literacy Links" is guest-edited contains both current and archived links. http://www.nrconline.org         

 

National Council of Teachers of English.  Site contains ideas for teaching English, Literacy, and Language Arts  for P-16 teachers.  Also contains information on books, journals and NCTE news.  http://www.ncte.org 

 

American Library Association.  Contains links to many author sites and book awards, such as those listed in a preceding section. http://www.ala.org

 

Children's Book Council.  CBC online contains links for teacher, parents, and authors in their quest to encourage children to read. Ideas for Children's Book Week.                                                        http://www.cbcbooks.org

 

American Educational Research Association.  Foremost organization of educational researchers in U. S.  (Not limited to reading.)  "Net Resources" link offers powerful search options. http://aera.net

 

National Association for the Education of Young Children.  Contains information on NAEYCŐs membership, conferences, professional development, position papers, and their journal, Young Children. http://www.naeyc.org

 

 

Online Journals

 

Reading Online.  IRA's online journal.  Treats all aspects of literacy and is by no means limited to technology applications.  Still free to all! http://www.readingonline.org

 

Education Week.  Current issue plus archives.  You can register for e-mail updates.  Also contains a link to Teacher Magazine. http://www.edweek.org

 

Teacher Magazine.  Contains current issue and links to grants and fellowship opportunities for you and contests and scholarship opportunities for your students.   http://www.edweek.org

 

Teaching K-8.  Intended to supplement the print magazine, not duplicate it. Contains teaching ideas, loads of links. http://www.teachingk-8.com

 

iT's Magazine.  This publication is for teachers and students of English (ESL) around the world and provides materials for both.  It offers pen pal/keypal opportunities for the exchange of ideas. There is an archive of teacher materials from back issues with notes for the teacher and steps in using the materials. http://www.its-online.com

 

 

Government Sites

 

U. S. Department of Education.  Lots of links to agencies, documents, research, grants. http://www.ed.gov

 

USDE's National Center for Education Statistics.  Lots of online research summaries, especially those involving demographics. http://nces.ed.gov

 

USDE's Office of Educational Research and Instruction.  Since OERI was terminated, this site contains archived information. http://www.ed.gov/offices/OERI/SAI

 

USDE's Institute of Education Sciences.  Formerly OERI. Established in November, 2002, to increase the government's research focus on scientific evidence only.  IES consists of the National Center for Education Research, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance. http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ies/index.html?src=mr

 

Thomas.  Allows you to locate and track legislation on literacy (and other matters) in the U.S. House and Senate.  Search capability by bill number and by key word/s.  Also contains links to Congressional Record, Committee activity, roll call votes.  Full text of key historical documents available, including U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Federalist Papers.  (Named for Thomas Jefferson.) http://thomas.loc.gov

 

Reading Report Card.  Report of the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress, with access to long-term trend results. http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/reading

 

 

Selected Research Centers

 

Research Reports from the National Research and Development Centers.  Makes available over 600 reports from the 12 federal research and development  centers.  Reports are in full text and/or PDF format. http://research.cse.ucla.edu

 

Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA).  Database, research summaries, "10 Principles," "Hot Lists," more. http://www.umich.edu/~ciera

 

Center on English Learning and Achievement (CELA).  CELA is "dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English and language arts. CELA's research seeks to learn what elements of curriculum, instruction, and assessment are essential to developing high literacy and how schools can best help students achieve success." http://cela.albany.edu

 

Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST).  CAST is "an educational, not-for-profit organization that uses technology to expand opportunities for all people, including those with disabilities." Conducts research and develops software (e.g., Bailey's Book House, Scholastic's WiggleWorks).  Good source of brain research linked to reading problems. http://www.cast.org

 

National Center on Adult Literacy (NCAL).  Based at the University of Pennsylvania, NCAL offers a strong collection of resources in the area of literacy research.  Also includes information on publications and software. http://ncal.literacy.upenn.edu/

 

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).  Now part of the University of Toronto, the OISE site offers an extensive network of resources, programs, and workshops. http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/

 

 

Selected UK and Commonwealth Sites

 

United Kingdom Reading Association.  Information about publications, issues, awards, research, plus an excellent collection of links to other UK sources.  An IRA affiliate. http://www.ukla.org

 

Australian Literacy Educators' Association.  Information on literacy education in Australia, publications, standards, awards, conferences.  An IRA affiliate. http://www.alea.edu.au

 

New Zealand Reading Association.  Links to universities, publishers, awards, New Zealand writers, NZ Book Council, events, more.  An IRA affiliate. http://www.bookcouncil.org.nz/community/organisations/nzread.html

 

British Dyslexia Association. This organization occasions much interaction.  The BDA "offers advice, information and help to families, professionals and dyslexic individuals." http://www.bda-dyslexia.org.uk

 

Basic Skills Agency. Strong on family/adult literacy.  This is the "national agency for basic skills in England and Wales" and is government sponsored. http://www.basic-skills.co.uk

 

National Literacy Trust.  Sponsored by the Basic Skills Agency. Purpose is to further literacy generally. Extensive database. http://www.literacytrust.org.uk

 

British Educational Communications and Technology Agency.  This is the national organization for educational technology in England and Wales. Not limited to literacy. http://www.becta.org.uk

 

 

Online References

 

iTools.   Online dictionary (Webster's), rhyming dictionary, thesaurus, maps, phone directories. etc. http://www.itools.com/research-it/research-it.html

 

WordNet.  Princeton UniversityŐs online thesaurus that groups nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in related categories. http://www.cogsci.princeton.edu/~wn   

 

Onelook.  Online dictionary, impressive in scope.  Contains almost 3 million words. http://www.onelook.com

 

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.  Offers quick look-ups plus a thesaurus, word games, word of the day, more.  (Connected with Word Central, listed previously.) http://www.m-w.com/dictionary.htm

 

Encyclopaedia Britannica.  The entire contents online with a convenient search engine and many related links.  By subscription. http://www.britannica.com

 

Library of Congress.  Home page of the most extensive information system in the world (except for the Internet!).  Sections for parents and kids.  Maps available. http://www.loc.gov

 

Wordsmith.org.  Offers several intriguing features.  A Word a Day provides instructions for signing up through email to receive an interesting word and its definition every day.  Audio pronunciations are available.  (You can receive today's word without signing on.)  Site also provides anagrams – just type in a word or phrase.  Offers other reference services via email. http://www.wordsmith.org

 

First Names and What They Mean.  Provides derivation of over 6,000 first names.  Designed primarily for expectant parents but of interest to anyone. http://www.zelo.com

 

Readability Sites.  Just in case you lost your print copies, two readability formulas are online: the Fry and the SMOG – directions, tables, graphs, everything you need.  Just to keep such formulas in proper perspective, however, remember that SMOG stands for "Some Measure of Gobbledygook"!

http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/fry/fry.html          

http://www.cdc.gov/od/ads/smog.htm

 

 

ERIC Sites

 

ERIC Database.  Renamed October 1, 2004, this free research site is now maintained by USDOE.  Easy to use.  Offers over 107,000 full-text non-journal documents, issued 1993-2004.

http://www.eric.ed.gov/

 

Educator's Desk Reference.  This site offers not only quick ERIC searches but lesson plans arranged by topic and article digests. http://www.eduref.org/Eric/

 

ERIC Digests.  Extensive ERIC digest system, operated by U.S. Department of Education.  Searchable by topic.  Good for quick research overviews. http://www.ericfacility.net/ericdigests/index

 

 

Help for Parents

 

Parent's Journal.  Variety of features and links, articles by experts, tips, archives, audio versions, more. http://www.parentsjournal.com

 

Tips for Parents.  American Library Association's tip page. Provides tips for parents about how to raise a reader  and provides a list of over 700 web sites for children and the adults who care about them.  The web sites are organized by subject  http://www.ala.org/parentspage

 

iVillage.  Broadly based parenting site.  ChildrenŐs literature newsletter, oriented toward parents.  Provides a list of recommended books for your preschool aged child. http://www.parentsoup.com/preschool

 

Family Guide Book.  Contains a complete guide to how to protect your children on the Internet.  Also offers information to teachers, teacher educators, law enforcement, etc. http://www.familyguidebook.com

 

National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL).  A "nonprofit organization supporting family literacy services for families across the United States through training, programming, research, advocacy and dissemination."  Located in Louisville. Good links. http://www.famlit.org

 

 

Sites for ESL and Adult Literacy

 

Literacy.org.  Links the International Literacy Institute (ILI), UNESCO, and the National Center on Adult Literacy (NCAL) housed at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.  It provides links to international literacy sites especially useful to developing countries.  The aim is to provide leadership in research and training in the field of international literacy and development. http://ncal.literacy.upenn.edu

 

Internet TESL Journal.  This well-designed forum offers materials that one can download as well as articles, teaching techniques, lesson plans, and links to issues of interest to ESL teachers.  It includes electronic discussion lists and news groups. http://iteslj.org

 

Teacher Information Network.  This site houses a teacher chat room with focus on ESL issues.  Identifies and reviews teacher sites.  Links to USDOE and state DOEs. http://www.teacher.com

 

Literacy Assistance Center.  The LAC provides information on resources and links to literacy on the Net.  It is useful to teachers and students alike.  Its web site links and e-mail contacts can connect teachers and students around the world. http://www.lacnyc.org

 

Story Place.  A very interactive site for beginning readers, organized around themes, each with a reading activity, an interactive activity, a printable activity, and a reading list.  Each theme is available in English and Spanish.  The site thus provides a great way to accommodate Spanish-speaking students and to introduce Spanish to other students. Operated by the Public Library of Charlotte (NC) and Mecklenburg County. http://www.storyplace.org

 

Book Hive.  Makes book recommendations to kids through age 12.  Organized by category.  Online audio stories available. Operated by the Public Library of Charlotte (NC) and Mecklenburg County. http://www.bookhive.org

 

Flags and Maps of the World.  Provides flags and maps, but little else.  This visual site places very low text reading demands on users.  Operated by the Public Library of Charlotte (NC) and Mecklenburg County. http://www.plcmc.org/forkids/mow

 

English-to-Go.  Classroom-ready esl activities, based on articles that have appeared in Reuters; new lessons posted weekly, with complete lesson plans. http://www.english-to-go.com

 

 

Historical Sites

 

History of Literacy.  Offers research and an excellent set of links.  Operated by the History of Literacy special interest group of IRA. http://www.historyliteracy.org

 

Center for the Book.  This division of the Library of Congress is the hub of numerous resources and links related to promoting literacy.  It "was established in 1977 to use the resources and prestige of the Library of Congress to promote books, reading, libraries, and literacy."  Most states now have affiliates.  (Check out their intriguing logo!) http://lcweb.loc.gov/loc/cfbook

 

 

Hoax Sites

 

Hoax Busters.  A good source of information regarding Internet hoaxes is the U.S.

government's Hoaxbusters site, housed at the Department of Energy.  I'm not sure why it's housed there, but it may save you plenty of energy the next time you receive a virus warning, chain letter, too-good-to-be-true offer, or something of the kind. http://HoaxBusters.ciac.org

 

Urban Legends Reference Pages.  Allows you to identify Internet hoaxes and other dysinformation.  Use the search engine or select categories.  Fascinating browsing! http://www.snopes.com