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Picture Books In The Classroom


Published by the Penguin Young Readers Group, this 20-page ebook is a great place to start if you are an educator looking for picture books to use as part of your curriculum. The lesson ideas presented here are common-ciore based and are ideal for kids K-3. It also serves as a list of must-read books for kids (and grown-ups) who love great illustrations!

Unite For Literacy

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The vision of Unite for Literacy is Book Abundance for all children everywhere, and to that end their website offers a free library of childrens' picture books. You can even have the books read to you in any one of twenty languages! A truly unique resource that everyone should be aware of.

A Fuse #8 Production

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A smattering of news, reviews, and a whole lotta Fuse. This blog is run by Elizabeth Bird, a children's librarian in New York Public Library's Children's Center at 42nd Street. She reviews for Kirkus, has written for The New York Times and Horn Book, and is the author of Children's Literature Gems: Choosing and Using Them in Your Library Career. Ms. Bird has a picture book by the name of Giant Dance Party slated for release Fall 2011.

NC Teacher Stuff

jeff barger

NC Teacher Stuff is a combination of resource links and book reviews for elementary teachers. The goal of this blog is to provide stuff that teachers can use.

Books for Striving Readers

amy thurow

Kids don't lose their teeth on the same schedule, nor do they take the training wheels off their bicycles at the same moment, developmentally. New readers don’t become confident readers on the same schedules, either. This website celebrates kids with vivid imaginations and ardent curiosity … especially kids whose reading fluency lags their appetites for books and stories. It is for the librarians, parents, and teachers who help these kids find books that will encourage them to keep reading. This is a collection of hi/lo book lists (high interest, low reading level), audio book suggestions, and book lists for reluctant readers. There is a blog where those interested in striving readers can contribute to a discussion and share resources. Amy Thurow, the author of the blog and webmaster, has a 13-year-old daughter with dyslexia. She has taught elementary school and she is preparing for a new career as a school librarian.

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

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The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes honors outstanding young leaders who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Their leadership and courage make them true heroes — and inspirations to us all.


The purpose of Infotopia is to index and make available to students the most outstanding websites produced by and/or selected by librarians and teachers. With Infotopia, 'Safe Search' is always on.

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