Monday, December 07, 2009

Online Book & Literacy Resources for Families

The Lawrence School library has many books about books and young people's reading. Here we have endeavored to highlight just a few online resources that may be of interest to families. Not included are the many wonderful web sites put together by authors and illustrators about their own work, an exploration we'll save for another time!

Children's Book Awards: The American Library Association and its divisions sponsor notable book awards in many categories, such as the familiar Caldecoot, Newbery and Coretta Scott King Awards.

The Children's LIterature Center of the Library of Congress: serves those organizations and individuals (teachers, parents, and librarians, for example) who study, produce, collect, interpret, and disseminate children's books, films, television programs, or other forms of materials destined for children's information and recreational use.

Common Sense Media: family entertainment reviews and ratings for movies, television, video games, music CDs, books, and web sites

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art: a delightful venue in Amherst MA that collects, presents, and interprets picture book art, with a hands-on art studio for kids, a great library and ever-changing exhibits. a web site dedicated to motivating boys to read by connecting them with materials they will want to read, in ways they like to read.

The Horn Book Magazine: a long-established, excellent publisher of reviews, books and magazines about books for children and young adults.

The Jane Addams Children's Book Awards: awards given annually to children's books promoting the cause of peace, social justice and world community.

The National Center for Family Literacy: an organization dedicated to providing every family with the opportunity to learn and the ability to learn and grow together.

Reading Is Fundamental: the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit children's literacy organization.

Reading Rockets: a national multimedia project offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.

The Sydney Taylor Book Award: presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. a great resource for teen readers and grown-ups who are interested in their reading (as well as book clubs, book reviews, book news, book lists, books-into-movies and much more).