Yearly Book Awards - Overview and Facts The John Newbery Medal
The Randolph Caldecott Medal Children's Book Awards


Plays Written for Students

Reader Theater Editions: Plays written for students; Full range of reading levels is included, with scripts aimed mostly at ages 8-15. The scripts may be freely copied, shared, and performed for any noncommercial purpose, except they may not be posted online without permission.


Free Online Literature Dictionaries

The English Literature Dictionary: Glossary of English literature related terms; over 850 words, terms, concepts and major authors have been defined and cross referenced.


Read Fairy Tales and Fables Online

Aesop's Fables: Animated with Text

Animated Grimm Fairy Tales Online

Aesop's Fables - Online Exhibit - 359 Unique Fables: Traditional versions; real audio versions available for some of the fables

Fairy Tales from Around the World: Read the fairy tales online; text only

Grimm's Fairy Tales.com: Read and hear interactive, narrated, animated stories


Famous Children's Authors' Biographies

The Author Page: Children's Authors: Biographical information, a photo, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) with answers from that author or illustrator

KidsReads.com: Biographies of authors, Author Trivia games, Reviews of Books, Books into Movies and MORE


Read Poetry Online Poetry and Biographies of Well-known Poets

The Academy of American Poets: Find a poet by searching names and titles in the database of more than 500 poet biographies; New poems, photos, links, and more have been added to the profiles

Funny Poetry for Children :A really charming and fun filled site that makes poetry enjoyable to everyone from the beginner to the accomplished; Learn how to write poems, fill-in-the-blank poems, word games, and MORE

Glossary of Poetic Terms

Library of Congress - Poetry: An abundance of poems as well as information about the current poet laureate, past poet laureates, news and events, poetry Webcasts, and MORE

Poetry180: Designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem on each of the 180 days of the school year. The poems here were collected with high school students in mind.

Poetry and Poets on the Web: Poet index listed alphabetically; poem index by title, first or last line


Story Sites With Books and Stories to Read Online
IPL Librarian: Story Hour
Children's Storybooks Online: Books for Older Children
Storyline Online: Stories with Video read by Professionals Children's Storybooks Online: Books for Young Adults
British Council: Stories to Listen and Watch Long Long Time Ago: Stories for Children: Organized by Genre
Children's Storybooks Online: Books for Young Children  

Children's Literature and Book Sites for All Ages to Read Online

Baldwin Online Children's Literature Project: The Best Online Classic Children's Books: A comprehensive archive of literature (10397 stories in all Genres) for children that is in the public domain in the United States; books listed in alphabetical order, and text is online to read

Classic Reader: Collection of thousands of free classic books to read online by famous well-known authors; Browse the library by categories: fiction, non-fiction, young readers, poetry, Shakespeare, Short Stories, Drama, Classical

International Children's Digital Library: The International Digital Library puts hundreds of books from around the world at the fingertips of anyone with a computer and an Internet connection. Children, parents, and teachers will enjoy the wealth of wonderful reading that is available at this site with an interface in fifteen different languages; books can be read online or purchased

Literature.org: the Online Literature Library: Full and unabridged texts of classic works of English literature from authors like Lewis Carroll, the Bronte sisters, Jack London, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens and many others

ReadPrint.com:A Free online library. Offers thousands of free books for students, teachers, and the classic enthusiast. To find the book you desire to read, start by looking through the author index.

Short Stories: Free classic short stories online (9 genres available). Stories can be read online, printed or downloaded for reading offline or on handheld devices. - Click CHILDREN'S TAB at TOP of page



Interesting Facts about Famous Authors and Books

Interesting Facts about Famous Authors and Books

*There are two types of literature: fiction and nonfiction. Within the categories of fiction and nonfiction are categories called literary genre.

*In the times of Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome, books as we know them today did not exist. Instead books were written on scrolls. The scroll was awkward because of its size and the fact that it had to be unrolled to read the words.

*The codex was invented around 100 A.D. This consisted of a stack of pages stitched together on the side with a cover to protect the pages. The books we read today are much like the codex.

*Today many people who like to read do so by using a modern technology, electronic e-readers. E-readers are easy to carry around, and allow readers to download books, magazines, newspapers, and more from the internet. The smartphone is also a new technology which allows readers to download and read books and more.

*The Caldecott Medal is awarded once a year to the author of the best children's illustrated (picture) book.

*The Coretta Scott King Award is awarded once a year to an author and an artist whose books for children and young adults encourage expression of the African American experience.

*The Michael L. Printz Award is awarded once a year to the author who has written the best literature for young adults.

*The Newbery Medal is awarded once a year to an artist who has written the best children's literature book.



Educational Language Arts Powerpoints to Help with Homework Assignments

Educational Language Arts Videos to Help with Homework Assignments


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