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Some Web Resources For Kid’s Books & Kids

    • Great Web Sites for Kids: Maintained by the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC). Links to great sites about animals, arts, history and biography, literature and languages, reference, mathematics and computers, sciences and social sciences are available.
    • The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) posts its annual list of Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning.
    • The American Museum of Magic celebrates magicians and their magic. It holds the stories and the treasures of performers that entertained residents of the smallest communities and audiences in the grandest theaters. The American Museum of Magic is home to the largest collection of magic open to the public. Thousands of artifacts illuminate the stories of Houdini, Blackstone, Thurston and many others.  By the way, the museum lives in Marshall, Michigan and  an online version is scheduled to go up in November, 2012.
    • Ask Kids is a nifty site that has links and activities in several different categories called: Schoolhouse, Movies, Games, Videos and Images.  Activities, Kid-friendly searching and positive links to relevant sites are all here.
    • Big Universe.com is a site that features children’s books.  You can read them, share them, create and publish them. A pretty good preview tool as well.
    • The Book Hive is produced by the Public Library of Charlotte-Mecklenburg County. You’ll find hundreds of reviews of chldren’s books, many with comments for parents, that you can look for by author, title, reading level, interest area, number of pages and illustrator. The reviews are written by librarians.
    • Handipoints is a fun way to earn cool rewards for completing your chores, homework, and simply lending others a hand!
    • At Book Adventure you may obtain your very own personalized reading list at by answering some questions about what interests you and your reading level. Not only that, you may earn points toward free reading prizes (books, children’s magazines, CDs and others) redeemable from the site! You may need to obtain the free, downloadable Flash Player in order to fully experience the interactive stories online.
    • Welcome to Dizzywood, an exciting virtual world for kids. There are all kinds of imaginative places to explore, fun Dizzywood secrets and stories to discover, and fun games to play, including puzzles, arcade games, dress-up games, and much more. Dizzywood is safe for kids and free to use.
    • Mrs P.’s Magic Library is an award-winning free interactive digital storybook destination. Classic children’s stories brought to life by TV star Kathy Kinney as Mrs. P.
    • The Story Place site is maintained by the same people who bring you the Book Hive. Preschoolers may have books read to them while those of elementary age can read books and watch animations. There are interactive and printable activities and the books can be read in English or Spanish.
    • At The Neverending Tale you will find yourself in the middle of stories where you get to decide what happens next (Like the Choose Your Own Adventure Books). You can enjoy this site at 3 levels: young reader, older reader and teen.
    • Mighty Book has more than 45 interactive, read-aloud books. There are books suitable for children ages 2 to 12 and the words are highlighted as they are read.
    • MinyanLand is a virtual community designed to engage kids and families in games and interaction that is entertaining and educational.
    • Whyville is a virtual world where boys and girls from all over the real world come to chat, play, learn, and have fun together. You design your face, earn clams by playing games, hang out at the beach, and go to town events at the Greek Theater. You can start your own business, buy a car and give your friends a ride, or write for the town newspaper.
    • To find more online interactive stories, try using the children’s search engine Yahooligans and enter “online interactive stories”. Be sure to include the ” ” (quotation marks).
    • Best Children’s Books - We are a team of teachers who love children’s books and have created this site of the best children’s books to help you quickly and easily find the ideal book for any topic and reading level.  And…we don’t include all the books on a given topic, just the award winning, highly rated books.
    • Professor Garfield offers fun, engaging and transforming educational content for school children between kindergarten and 8th grade. The educational content is upgraded continuously and presented in a popular culture entertainment format. All of the content has been reviewed by educational experts and tested in classroom settings.
    • Animaland – Have a new pet hamster and not sure how to care for it, or maybe wonder what manatees eat? Find the answers at this fun children’s site that has animal-related games and cartoons and information on various animals, pet care, and some careers working with animals. The site is run by the ASPCA
    • RIF Reading Planet has all kinds of reading fun!
    • Want to find out how just about anything works? Well, then, go to: HowStuffWorks.com!
    • Like Astronomy or Outer Space? Then visit: NASA’s Space Place
    • You can access lots of great links for just about anything at the MeL:Kids!  That would be “The Michigan Electronic Library for Kids.”

updated 2/27/014