(Some lists and links compiled by Whatcom County Public Library, Bellingham, WA)
- Art Junction
“Activity” centers where you can create, explore new ideas, places and things.
- Draw and Color with Uncle Fred
Coloring pages, cartooning and more!
- Hands On Crafts for Kids
Crafts for age 7-12.
- Kaleidoscope Painter
A simple creative exercise for all ages. You can change the size of your brush to create your own kaleidoscope image or choose auto to let the program create by itself.
Make your own cards, pictures, movies, and more!
- PBS Kids’ Zoom Playhouse
Put on your own play with these short play scripts.
- Travel to Oriland
Transform ordinary sheets of paper into surprising origami models.
Fun and Games:
- ALA Children’s Notable Books
- AR BookFinder US
Finding accelerated reading titles is fun and easy with this online tool.
- Award Winning Books
- A Book and a Hug
Create your own list of reading suggestions based on category, reading level, and key words.
Links to hundreds of author web sites, plus write your own illustrated book reports to send to your favorite authors!
- Book Adventure
- Book Hive
Detailed book reviews are written by library staff and arranged by topic.
- Hornbook Recommended Books
- Frank Rogers’ Guide to Children’s Literature on the Web
This site links to all kinds of web pages concerning children’s literature.
- Database of Award-Winning Children’s Literature
- Fairfax County Graded Book Lists
- Five Great Books
Help for emergent readers from author and teacher Anastasia Suen.
- Guys Read
Book recommendations for boys.
- The Lexile Framework for Reading
Match readers with text based on their reading ability and interests.
- Nancy Keane’s Children’s Literature Webpage
Ready-to-use booktalks, lists of recommended reading, book reviews by children and other information about children’s literature.
- Scholastic Book Wizard – great tool for creating book lists, finding similar books, or searching by reading levels.
- Teacher’s Top 100 Books for Children
The result of a 2007 survey of teachers by the National Education Association.
Children’s Authors and Illustrators:
- Children’s Literature Web Guide
Children’s authors and illustrators on the web.
Family Media Guide:
- Alliance for Childhood
The Alliance for Childhood promotes policies and practices that support children’s healthy development, love of learning, and joy in living.
- Common Sense Media
Family friendly entertainment guide
- Growing With Media
Parents, can’t get your child away from the computer? Then this site’s for you, with practical tips on how to control the use of video games, television, and other media.
- Kids Source Online
- Parent’s Choice
The Parents’ Choice Awards Committees search out and recommend products that help kids grow – imaginatively, physically, morally and mentally – fairly priced products that are fun, safe and socially sound. Children’s media that helps children.
- Plugged In
Movie ratings with detailed information in the language, nudity, sex and violence categories. Also rates music and TV shows.