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Books - General

Because of Winn Dixie

Information about the book and the author.  Sample tests by chapter and a Web Quest.
http://www.mce.k12tn.net/dogs/dixie/because_of_winn_dixie.htm 


BookSpot – Children’s Books

A great site that covers bestsellers, awards, reading lists, reviews, links to other sites and more.
http://bookspot.com/booksforchildren.htm
 

Carol Hurst’s Children’s  Literature Site

Carol Hurst is a former teacher and librarian from Westbrook, MA.  She is an author and travels around the country presenting workshops.  Her site is a treasure trove in information about children's literature.
http://www.carolhurst.com


DLKT’s Book Breaks   

Bookmarks, craft and coloring pages to go along with some favorite children's books.
http://www.dltk-teach.com/books/index.htm 


The Reading Room: Books for Children and Young Adults

Cool kids sites, genres, reading lists, series, multicultural literature and more.
http://www.sldirectory.com/libsf/booksf/kidsbooks.html#top 


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Book Awards

Caldecott Award Winners

http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/caldecottmedal/caldecottmedal.cfm


Newberry Award Winners

http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/newberymedal/newberymedal.cfm

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Book Lists

Book Lists

Reading lists by subject and grade level from Hewlett-Woodmere Public
Library
http://www.nassaulibrary.org/hewlett/newbooklist.html


Book Lists of Children’s Literature

From Monroe County Public Library in Indiana.  Book Awards links, plus descriptive list titles such as, "Chapter Books for Grades 2-3," "Not Too Scary Stories,"  "Picture Books for Olders,"  "Too-Good-To-Miss by Grade Level," and "New Babies."
http://www.monroe.lib.in.us/childrens/children_booklists.html
 


Children’s Picture Book Database

Abstracts of over 5,000 books.  Search by more than 950 keywords that include topics, concepts, and skills
http://www.lib.muohio.edu/pictbks/


Horn Book Recommended Books

A classic reviewer of good children's literature.
http://www.hbook.com/category/choosing-books/recommended-books/


NotableChildren's Books from ALSC

Annual list of notable children's books is published by ALA. Site includes archives of previously awarded books.
http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/index.cfm


Reading is Fundamental Booklists

Includes booklists compiled by leading literature experts.
http://www.rif.org/us/literacy-resources/booklists.htm
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Multicultural Books

How to Choose the Best Multicultural Books

Advice on how to choose multicultural books.  Includes suggestions of titles and authors from Scholastic.
http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/instructor/multicultural.htm


Reading is Fundamental Multicultural Booklists

List of the 100 Best Multicultural books from 2007-2010.http://www.rif.org/us/literacy-resources/booklists/multicultural-books.htm

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Coloring Pages

Animal Coloring Pages

Cute animals for preschoolers.
http://www.coloring.ws/animals.html


Bird Themed Coloring Pages

Choose either a cartoon or a realistic bird.
http://www.coloring.ws/birds.htm


Coloring Pages

A nice collection of pages covering holidays, careers, cartoon characters and more
http://www.coloring.ws/coloring.html


Farm Animals Coloring Pages

Farm themes and individual animals.
http://www.first-school.ws/theme/animals/cp_farm.htm


Holiday Coloring Pages

A good selection for different holidays.
http://ivyjoy.com/coloring/attic.html


Ivy’s Coloring Pages

A small collection of dinosauers and animals with a link to a print and color search engine.
http://ivyjoy.com/coloring/index.shtml 


Jan Brett’s Coloring Pages

Some unusual birds and animal coloring pages, a pattern for a finger puppet, ideas for creating a calendar, a mural, and a placemat.
http://www.janbrett.com/activities_pages_artwork.htm 


Resources for Christian Teachers

Book and movie characters, Bible characters, health and safety scenes and holidays.
http://www.teacherhelp.org/color.htm



Teddy Bear Coloring Pages

Teddy bears dressed in a variety of outfits and performing a variety of activities.
http://www.first-school.ws/theme/cp_teddy_bears.htm 


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Crafts and Themes

Activity Pages

Pages for many different themes.
http://www.bry-backmanor.org/activitypages.html


Amazingmoms.com

Neat craft ideas - some designated by age group and holiday.
http://www.amazingmoms.com/htm/kidsart.htm


Animal Themes - Activities

Coloring pages and crafts for many animals.
http://www.first-school.ws/theme/animals.htm
 


Cartoon Characters

Activities based on favorite cartoon characters.  Might be helpful in planning a party.
http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/cartoons/zoo.html
 


Child Care Theme Pages

Books, songs, and activities by theme.
http://stepbystepcc.com/themes2.html
 


Danielle’s Place Crafts

A small but well-presented collection of craft ideas.
http://www.daniellesplace.com/html/crafts.html 


Goop, Glak, and other Concoctions

Recipes for goop, flubber, slime, silly putty and variations.
http://users.nlamerica.com/rlsenn/goop.html 


Insect Ideas

Simple crafts using inexpensive materials.
http://www.angelfire.com/fl/preschoolfunzone/insects.html

Kids’ Domain Crafts

A nice variety of ideas for holidays, parties, and other occasions.
http://www.kidsdomain.com/craft/ 


Under 5s

Early childhood links to learning resources, them ideas and crafts, rhymes and songs and more.
http://www.underfives/co/uk

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Christmas

All Free Christmas Crafts
AllFreeChristmasCrafts.com offers 1000's of free craft projects, home decor ideas and DIY tips.
Christmas Clipart

A nice collection.
http:/www.Christmasgifts.com/clipart.html


Christmas Crafts

Easy-to-make crafts than can be made with inexpensive materials.
http://www.robinsfyi.com/holidays/christmas/activities/christmaskidcraft.htm 


Christmas Ornaments

Cute ideas - not too complicated - most use simple everyday supplies.
http://www.dcrafts.com/ornaments.htm


Holidays from Around the World

http://www.zuzu.org/daze.html


How Christmas is Celebrated Around the World

http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/denise/HowChristmasIsCelebrated.htm


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Chanukah

All About Chanukah from Judaism 101

Covers a variety  of topics with explanations labeled Basic or Intermediate.
http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday7.htm


Chanukah Clip Art

http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/chanukah/clip.html


Virtual Chanukah

A good overall site.
http://www.chabad.org/holidays/chanukah/default.asp


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Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture

The official Kwanzaa web site.
http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/kwanzaa/clip.html


Kwanzaa Clip Art

http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/kwanzaa/clip.html


Kwanzaa Land

A nice variety that includes clipart, a postcard site, children's activities and more.
http://www.kwanzaaland.com


What is Kwanzaa

A good explanation of what kwanzaa is and how it is celebrated.
http://www.melanet.com/kwanzaa/whatis.html#TOC


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Halloween

Ben and Jerry's

Cute games, crafts, coloring pages and more from Ben and Jerry, the ice cream people.
http://www.benjerry.com/fun_stuff/holidays/halloween


Carve Your Own Virtual Pumpkin

This is fun!
http://thepumpkinfarm.com/carve_pumpkin.html


How Stuff Works: Halloween

History and traditions.
http://howstuffworks.com/halloween.htm


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Thanksgiving

Life on Plymouth Plantation

A hands on activity for children.
http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/activity/plymouth/index.html


President Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation

http://www.wildwestweb.net/thanks/thanks.html


Thanksgiving

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving Clip Art

Clipart from Kids' Domain.
http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/thanks/clipart.html 


http:/www.holidays.net/thanksgiving/recipes.htm

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Valentine's Day

Family Fun Valentines

Good ideas for the whole family.
http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts/season/specialfeature/valentines_cards_ms/ 


Valentine’s Day Animal Crafts

Adorable animals made from heart shapes.
http://www.dltk-holidays.com/valentines/crafts-animals.htm 


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Veteran's Day

Story of Veteran's Day

http://www.teachervision.fen.com/page/3204.html


Veteran's Day

The official page from the Department of Veteran's Affairs.
http://www.va.gov/vetsday


Veteran's Day

http://www.sherylfranklin.com/holidays/veterans_day.html


Veteran's Day Wordfind

http://the potters.com/puzzles/veterans.html

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Puppets

Puppet Crafts

Clear, easy-to-follow directions from Danielle's Place.
http://www.daniellesplace.com/html/puppets.html 


Puppets

Links to many puppet-making sites.
http://www.fastq.com/~jbpratt/education/theme/puppet.html 

Sock Puppets

Step-by-step directions for making a sock puppet.
http://www.juliasrainbowcorner.com/html/charactercrafts.html#puppets


More ideas for sock puppets.

http://www.brightring.com/sockpuppet.html 


Good directions for sock puppets with some added tips.

http://www.dannyandkim.com/SockPuppets.html 


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Seasons

Kinderart Seasons

Activities for each month of the year.
http://www.kinderart.com/seasons/


Seasons Coloring Pages

Coloring pages by season.
http://www.first-school.ws/theme/cpseasons.htm


Spring Themes (Preschool)

Activities to celebrate spring.
http://www.preschoolrainbow.org/preschool-spring.htm

Winter Coloring Pages

http://www.dltk-holidays.com/winter/color/index.htm 

Winter - Snowman Themes

Suggested books as well as songs and fingerplays.
http://stepbystepcc.com/snowman.html 


Winter - Snowpeople

Songs, snacks, art, science, games and miscellaneous.  Free winter posters and/or coloring pages.
http://www.perpetualpreschool.com/preschool_themes/snowmen/snowpeople.htm
 

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Songs and Fingerplay

Bus songs.com

A collection of familiar songs arranged alphabetically by title.
http://www.bussongs.com/index.php


Children’s Songs & Fingerplays

Popular children's songs with motions.
http://w3.gorge.net/cannon/songs.html 


Fingerplay Fun for Kids

http://www.indianchild.com/fingerplay_fun_for_kids.htm 


Fingerplays Plus

Fingerplays that teach concepts such as; little, bigger, biggest; up,out,front; taller, smaller; and more.
http://www.nncc.org/Literacy/fingplus.html 


Fun Finger Plays

An alphabetical list of titles with links to words and motions.
http://www.thebestkidsbooksite.com/fingerplays-for-kids.cfm


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Underground Railroad

Underground Railroad Theme

Book titles that help children understand the Underground Railroad.
http://eduscapes.com/ladders/themes/under.htm


Explore the Underground Railroad

The story of the Underground Railroad is told through links to other websites.
http://www.42explore2.com/undergrd.htm 


Harriet Tubman Vocabulary Quilt

A vocabulary quilt with links to the meanings of words used to tell the story of the Underground Railroad.
http://www2.lhric.org/pocantico/tubman/vocabquilt.htm


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Websites for Kids

100 Top Kid Sites

From Smarterkids.com. Maintained by Excelligence Learning Corporation.
http://www.100topkid.com/


ALA Great Web Sites for Kids

Arranged by subject and recommended by ALA.
http://www.ala.org/ala/alsc/greatwebsites/greatwebsiteskids.htm


Children’s Web Page Reviews (from Education World)

Individual pages reviewed by Education World.
http://www.education-world.com/awards/past/topics/lit.shtml#Children's


Ivy’s Search Engine Resources

Search engines for children that are family friendly as well as links to good sites for children.
http://www.ivyjoy.com/rayne/kidssearch.html
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