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Web Sites for Kids


Underground Railroad

Books - General

Because of Winn Dixie

Information about the book and the author.  Sample tests by chapter and a Web Quest. 

BookSpot – Children’s Books

A great site that covers bestsellers, awards, reading lists, reviews, links to other sites and more.

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.

DLKT’s Book Breaks   

Bookmarks, craft and coloring pages to go along with some favorite children's books. 

The Reading Room: Books for Children and Young Adults

Cool kids sites, genres, reading lists, series, multicultural literature and more. 

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Book Awards

Caldecott Award Winners

Newberry Award Winners

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Book Lists

Book Lists

Reading lists by subject and grade level from Hewlett-Woodmere Public

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."

Children’s Picture Book Database

Abstracts of over 5,000 books.  Search by more than 950 keywords that include topics, concepts, and skills

Horn Book Recommended Books

A classic reviewer of good children's literature.

NotableChildren's Books from ALSC

Annual list of notable children's books is published by ALA. Site includes archives of previously awarded books.

Reading is Fundamental Booklists

Includes booklists compiled by leading literature experts.
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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.

Reading is Fundamental Multicultural Booklists

List of the 100 Best Multicultural books from 2007-2010.

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Coloring Pages

Animal Coloring Pages

Cute animals for preschoolers.

Bird Themed Coloring Pages

Choose either a cartoon or a realistic bird.

Coloring Pages

A nice collection of pages covering holidays, careers, cartoon characters and more

Farm Animals Coloring Pages

Farm themes and individual animals.

Holiday Coloring Pages

A good selection for different holidays.

Ivy’s Coloring Pages

A small collection of dinosauers and animals with a link to a print and color search engine. 

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. 

Resources for Christian Teachers

Book and movie characters, Bible characters, health and safety scenes and holidays.

Teddy Bear Coloring Pages

Teddy bears dressed in a variety of outfits and performing a variety of activities. 

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Crafts and Themes

Activity Pages

Pages for many different themes.

Neat craft ideas - some designated by age group and holiday.

Animal Themes - Activities

Coloring pages and crafts for many animals.

Cartoon Characters

Activities based on favorite cartoon characters.  Might be helpful in planning a party.

Child Care Theme Pages

Books, songs, and activities by theme.

Danielle’s Place Crafts

A small but well-presented collection of craft ideas. 

Goop, Glak, and other Concoctions

Recipes for goop, flubber, slime, silly putty and variations. 

Insect Ideas

Simple crafts using inexpensive materials.

Kids’ Domain Crafts

A nice variety of ideas for holidays, parties, and other occasions. 

Under 5s

Early childhood links to learning resources, them ideas and crafts, rhymes and songs and more.

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

A nice collection.

Christmas Crafts

Easy-to-make crafts than can be made with inexpensive materials. 

Christmas Ornaments

Cute ideas - not too complicated - most use simple everyday supplies.

Holidays from Around the World

How Christmas is Celebrated Around the World

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All About Chanukah from Judaism 101

Covers a variety  of topics with explanations labeled Basic or Intermediate.

Chanukah Clip Art

Virtual Chanukah

A good overall site.

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Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture

The official Kwanzaa web site.

Kwanzaa Clip Art

Kwanzaa Land

A nice variety that includes clipart, a postcard site, children's activities and more.

What is Kwanzaa

A good explanation of what kwanzaa is and how it is celebrated.

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Ben and Jerry's

Cute games, crafts, coloring pages and more from Ben and Jerry, the ice cream people.

Carve Your Own Virtual Pumpkin

This is fun!

How Stuff Works: Halloween

History and traditions.

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Life on Plymouth Plantation

A hands on activity for children.

President Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation


Thanksgiving Clip Art

Clipart from Kids' Domain. 


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Valentine's Day

Family Fun Valentines

Good ideas for the whole family. 

Valentine’s Day Animal Crafts

Adorable animals made from heart shapes. 

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Veteran's Day

Story of Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day

The official page from the Department of Veteran's Affairs.

Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day Wordfind


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Puppet Crafts

Clear, easy-to-follow directions from Danielle's Place. 


Links to many puppet-making sites. 

Sock Puppets

Step-by-step directions for making a sock puppet.

More ideas for sock puppets. 

Good directions for sock puppets with some added tips. 

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Kinderart Seasons

Activities for each month of the year.

Seasons Coloring Pages

Coloring pages by season.

Spring Themes (Preschool)

Activities to celebrate spring.

Winter Coloring Pages 

Winter - Snowman Themes

Suggested books as well as songs and fingerplays. 

Winter - Snowpeople

Songs, snacks, art, science, games and miscellaneous.  Free winter posters and/or coloring pages.

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Songs and Fingerplay


A collection of familiar songs arranged alphabetically by title.

Children’s Songs & Fingerplays

Popular children's songs with motions. 

Fingerplay Fun for Kids 

Fingerplays Plus

Fingerplays that teach concepts such as; little, bigger, biggest; up,out,front; taller, smaller; and more. 

Fun Finger Plays

An alphabetical list of titles with links to words and motions.

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Underground Railroad

Underground Railroad Theme

Book titles that help children understand the Underground Railroad.

Explore the Underground Railroad

The story of the Underground Railroad is told through links to other websites. 

Harriet Tubman Vocabulary Quilt

A vocabulary quilt with links to the meanings of words used to tell the story of the Underground Railroad.

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Websites for Kids

100 Top Kid Sites

From Maintained by Excelligence Learning Corporation.

ALA Great Web Sites for Kids

Arranged by subject and recommended by ALA.

Children’s Web Page Reviews (from Education World)

Individual pages reviewed by Education World.'s

Ivy’s Search Engine Resources

Search engines for children that are family friendly as well as links to good sites for children.
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