Online Children’s Literature Resources
As a nonpracticing teacher, my current ‘classroom library’ is limited and not very focused as of now. I have been collecting books, but not knowing what grade I will be teaching means I have books for a Kindergarten reading all the way to Young Adult (ok so of the YA are the books I read). Books that are required or suggested reading for my classes are added, as well as good suggestions from fellow teachers. But once I enter the classroom I know I am going to need to develop an extensive library for my students with a wide range of genres, levels and interests. In the library, there will need to be books that are diverse and appealing to boys and girls, children with different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, social economic backgrounds, and different family and home situations.
There are so many different books out there, it is almost overwhelming choosing books to read for myself, let alone books to include for a classroom full of students. I love visiting various websites and blogs such as the ones below. Websites that have lists of suggested books makes finding books of specific levels, genres and topics much easier. Awards lists are nice to have and are books that should be included in your classroom. But just because a book is an awarded book doesn’t make it necessarily better than other books so they shouldn’t be the only books included in a library. When working on a specific area of study, having a list with suggested books helps in finding books to include.
While I love these book lists as a convenient way of locating specific types of books, I also enjoy following book blogs. With having so many books out there, it is nice to find blogs with book reviews that provide summaries and opinions on various books. If you find a reliable blog with books you are interested in reading and that pertain to your classroom, it is a great idea to keep up with it and checkout these books that are suggested.
Not only do I enjoy reading book review blogs, I want my students to create blogs that they will review books they have read for others. Using already made blogs as a guide, I think having students review books in blog format will make reviewing more enjoyable as well as being made accessible to others. Blogs can become a great way for expressing thoughts regarding a book. I would give my students fairly free reign on how to setup and use their blog with a few guidelines. I enjoy book blogs that are comprised of not only reviews, but favorite quotes and lists such as favorite books and wishlists.
These blogs and websites act as a wonderful resource for locating books for a classroom library and should be used by any classroom teacher.
Since 2005, Susan Thomsen has written about children’s books at her blog, Chicken Spaghetti has been recommended at E! Online, School Library Journal, and the online edition of The Horn Book. Susan has been on blogging panels at the Westport, CT, Library; the New York Public Library; and the National Council of Teachers of English annual convention. Her work has appeared online at PBS Parents’ Booklights blog and the Poetry Foundation.
“I love children’s books. This site will be a Book Moot for my friends and fellow readers.”
A blog with a large collection of reviews and discussions on children’s books.
Each year, thousands of children, young adults, teachers, and librarians around the United States select their favorite recently published books for the “Choices” reading lists. These lists are used in classrooms, libraries, and homes to help young readers find books they will enjoy.
Blog about Interesting Nonfiction for kids
A website about books in English for young readers. It embraces multicultural books from or about anywhere in the world.
This blog is for anyone who loves books and wants to include more science and reading into their children’s literature and lessons. The author reviews newly published books, along with some not so new, and suggests simple science ideas that can be incorporated into your lessons that can accompany the books discussed. Can help add more science to your library, home, or classroom activities.
2012 notable children’s books in the English Language Arts
A blog by 2 teachers who read a lot.
“We are writers and teachers, and we are WILD ABOUT NATURE! In this blog we will review nature related books and learn a bit about their WILD authors. We invite you to go WILD ABOUT NATURE with us!”
Graphic Novels for Kids; making comics more accessible.
(Browse the book awards)
The ALA provides a plethora of information on children’s books, book awards, and other resources.
This section of the ALA website provides an online version of Book Links, a print periodical with thematic bibliographies of children’s trade books, book reviews, author interviews, and other information on children’s literature.
IRA’s website features the IRA Choices booklists and other literature-related information.
The website from the Children’s Book Council contains interviews with authors, book recommendations, and much more.
The National Council fo r the Social Studies website provides links to social studies trade books for grades K-8.
This site from the National Science Teachers Association provides lesson plans and links to K-12 science trade books.
This online version of The Horn Book provides reviews of children’s trade books, podcast interviews with authors, and blogs from children’s literature experts.
The online version of The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books provides book reviews and annual lists of Blue Ribbon Winners, which are awarded annually by the staff of The Bulletin.
I did not create an actual DonorsChoose account because the only options I saw were for current practicing teachers or donors. But after checking out the site I will definitely create one once I am in a classroom.
A request I will make once I am in the classroom with be for ereaders. I am fascinated with the potential Ereaders may have in reading for students in the classroom.
My Students: My students are a diverse learning group with a wide range of reading levels and interests. Growing up in the 21st Century has made technology a part of our students normal life style. By reading with the use of Ereaders, students can enhance their reading experience through technology. Ereaders allow for students to become a part of and active in the reading experience.
My Project: Ereaders will enable readers a way to interact with their reading. Features such as the highlight and notepad allows students to choose meaningful passages and take notes on things the feel are important and want to reference later on. The dictionary option allows students to enhance their vocabulary without having to stop reading. The text to speech provides audio reading for a reader who struggles with print processing. Ereaders allow for control over print size and boldness, screen brightness and more which gives can make reading easier. Having an Ereader places a huge variety of books at a student’s fingertips just a click away. As a teacher, I can easily check student’s progress as well as conference with them regarding notes they have made. An Ereader can also lessen intimidation on having to read a large book that some students may shy away from, as well as provide struggling readers the ability to read on level books without having to worry about feeling embarrassed. Ereaders will allow students to become a part of the reading experience.
My Students Need: Ereaders as well as protective screen covers and cases.