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Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database

CLCD (Children's Literature Comprehensive Database) is the premier single-source, single-search provider of online information to help educators and librarians find just the right books to meet their educational and collection management requirements. CLCD provides over 2.1 million Children's and Young Adult Literature records containing more than 500,000 professional reviews of children's books, multimedia and audio books (aggregated from 42 sources).

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NoveList Plus

A readers’ advisory resource that uses appeal factors and expert reviews to offer read-alike and listen-alike recommendations for fiction, nonfiction, and audiobooks.

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Readers' Advisory Websites

ALA Recommended Reading

A collection of ALA's literature award winners and various notable reading lists for a range of age groups. List is updated annually.

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The Children's Book Council - Readers

The Children’s Book Council (CBC) is the nonprofit trade association of children’s book publishers in North America, dedicated to supporting the industry and promoting children’s books and reading.

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Disability in Kidlit

Disability in Kidlit is dedicated to discussing the portrayal of disability in middle grade and young adult literature. We publish articles, reviews, interviews, and discussions examining this topic from various angles—and always from the disabled perspective.

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NCTE Awards

Each year NCTE celebrates more than 90 different awards across our various constituencies.

These awards shine a light on the exceptional work of our educators and students and offer myriad opportunities to recognize and elevate what makes the teaching and learning of English language arts so powerful.

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We Need Diverse Books

We Need Diverse Books has compiled the following list of sites that offer recommendations for diverse titles. Our list is not exhaustive, and we welcome suggestions of current, active sites that provide diverse book lists.

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Books and print materials such as government documents can be found using the Library Catalog.

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Recommended Curriculum Planning Databases

ARTstor Digital Library

The ARTstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides over 2.5+ million digital images in the arts, art history, architecture, anthropology, history, humanities, foreign languages and literatures, religion, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research.

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Credo Reference

Credo Reference is an online full-text library that covers all major subjects such as art, business geography, history, literature, music, psychology, social Sciences, and technology. It includes general reference resources such as dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, and atlases, plus a wide range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to zoology. It offers easy keyword searching across the database of resources so you don’t need to know the title of a specific reference book to get started.

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ERIC (via ProQuest)

The ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) database is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to provide extensive access to educational-related literature. ERIC provides ready access to education literature to augment American education by increasing and facilitating the use of educational research and information to improve practice in learning, teaching, educational decision-making, and research.

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ERIC (via U.S. Department of Education)

Citations to articles and reports in education.

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SIRS Discoverer

SIRS Discoverer is a multidisciplinary database covering curriculum areas such as current events, history, health, language arts, math, science, social studies, and technology.

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SIRS Issues Researcher

SIRS Issues Researcher delivers the pros and cons on today’s complex social issues. Critical current issues and enduring social issues are covered through full-text articles, multimedia, primary sources, government documents and reference material from over 1,800 national and international sources. All publications and are hand indexed to subject headings.

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Recommended Databases for Research in Children's or Young Adult Literature

Gale Literary Sources

Presents industry-leading literature content, including criticism, biographies, reference articles, reviews, primary sources, plot analysis, explication, and multimedia. Up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. Searches across Gale Virtual Reference Library, Literature Criticism Online and Something About the Author Online.

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MLA International Bibliography

Subjects within the MLA International Bibliography consist of literature, language and linguistics, creative writing, English, folklore, film, foreign languages and literatures, literary theory & criticism, theatre, dramatic arts, as well as the historical aspects of printing and publishing. Listings on rhetoric and composition and the history, theory and practice of teaching language and literature are also included.

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Literature Resource Center

Presents industry-leading literature content, including criticism, biographies, reference articles, reviews, primary sources, plot analysis, explication, and multimedia. Up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. Literature Resource Center includes selected author biographies from Contemporary Authors Online, the Dictionary of Literary Biography Online (except documentary volumes), selected author biographies, work and topic overviews from Contempor

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AASL Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning

American Association of School Librarians links a variety of digital tools and applications used for teaching and learning. Resources include codeSpark, FabuLingua, and KidLitTV among others.

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Annenberg Learner

Multimedia resource for K-12 educators and professional development across multiple disciplines. Provides resources such as workshops and courses.Annenberg Learner's multimedia resources help teachers increase their expertise in their fields and assist them in improving their teaching methods. Many programs are also intended for students in the classroom and viewers at home. All Annenberg Learner videos exemplify excellent teaching.

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A to Z Teacher Stuff

Teacher-created site for downloadable teaching resources and online materials such as lesson plans, discussion forums, eBooks, printable worksheets, and more.

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Resource for the study and education of literature with over 4 million entry pages. Includes encyclopedia articles, critical essays, student essays, biographies, primary sources, interviews, and study guides.

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Crayola for Educators

This site is run by Crayola and offers coloring pages, craft ideas, lesson plans, various games, and much more.

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Carolina K-12

Database of free lesson plans and complementary activities for use in-school or after. Materials searchable by grade. To ensure compatibility, files are available in PDF format. You must have Adobe Reader installed to access the materials, which is available for free at

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DLTK's Educational Activities

DLTK's Crafts for Kids features a variety of fun, printable children's crafts, coloring pages and more including projects for holidays, educational themes and some of our children's favorite cartoon characters.

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This website was created by a husband and wife team with education backgrounds. On the site you will find information on high tech learning, distance learning, as well as many links to sites with K-12 lesson plans.

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EPIC! for Educators

Thousands of Amazing Kids’ Books. FREE for teachers & librarians. Instantly Access 35,000 eBooks, Learning Videos, Quizzes and more for K-5!

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#GoOpenNC is a library of open education resources and network of NC educators.

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Learning Network - New York Times

Whether you’re here for the first time or have been visiting our site regularly for the last 20 years, we invite you to take a look around. Every school day since 1998, we have offered fresh classroom resources — from lesson plans and writing prompts to news quizzes, student contests and more — all based on the articles, essays, photos, videos and graphics published on All of our features for students are free, and we hear from thousands of teenagers around the world each week.

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Lesson Planz is searchable directory of free online lesson plans and lesson plan resources for all grades and subjects. Subjects include: literacy, math, social studies, science, the arts, and much more.

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Library of Congress Teacher Resources

Provides lesson plans, themed resources, primary source sets, presentations and activities, and collection connections.

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My First Book Club

To celebrate our twenty-fifth anniversary and our commitment to creating and nurturing lifelong readers, Candlewick Press is launching My First Book Club. This exciting new venture will showcase handpicked titles ideal for early readers alongside custom resources to help deepen children’s engagement with the books.

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National Archives and Records Administration

News from the National Archives as well as links to guides and finding aids for its collections.  A selection of historical documents and online exhibits is also available.

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National Council of Teachers of English

This site provides grant information, lesson plans, professional development resources, and much more. Plus it covers all grades from elementary to college level.

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National Gallery of Art - Lessons & Activities

Pre-K to College/University - Select a grade level range to find lesson plans for your classroom.

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NEH - Edsitement

EDSITEment is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Trust for the Humanities.

EDSITEment offers a treasure trove for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality material on the Internet in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies.

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PBS LearningMedia

UNC-TV and PBS have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for teachers like you.

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Here at ReadWriteThink, our mission is to provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.

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Scholastic's Lesson Plans & Reproducibles

Lesson plans for grades K - 12. Many of these are internet based. Check out the language arts section for research skills lessons.

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Scholastic Learn at Home

Day by Day projects to keep the kids reading, thinking, and growing.

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Talk It Up! book groups for kids

Multnomah County Library - Portland Oregon. Included general questions for any book discussion, as well as customized for specfic titles such as Wrinkle in Time, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and more!

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The Classroom Bookshelf

At The Classroom Bookshelf, we strive to model week after week the many ways that teachers can consider texts of any genre for classroom use and instructional purposes. We believe that the best way to learn to read, advance as a reader, and learn content through reading is for teachers and children to make choices together; teachers know the students best, and can use a variety of texts to differentiate instruction and meet the needs of each student, whether they are advanced readers or reluctant, “right on” grade level, bilingual learners, or students with special needs.

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Elearning for Kids

E-learning for kids is a non-profit organization providing free, fun, curriculum based quality primary education to all children world wide. The foundation was launched in the USA in 2004 and in the Netherlands in 2007.

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Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)

These features originally appeared on the features blog. The features highlight resources and ideas related to holidays, awareness months, anniversaries and seasonal topics.

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KidLit TV

A trusted resource for parents, teachers, and librarians, KidLit TV is the place to discover great children’s books and connect with the people who create them.

KidLit TV is a winner of the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, the Norton Juster Award for Devotion to Literacy, and one of the American Library Association’s Great Websites For Kids. We’re a trusted resource for parents, teachers, and librarians!

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Storyline Online

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more. Storyline Online receives over 100 million views annually from children all over the world.

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Carolina Panthers 3rd and Goal Literacy Program

Videos from Carolina Panthers team members and other special guests aimed at improving children literacy through read-alongs of popular Scholastic titles.

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