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Authors and Children's Literature Resources




100 Favorite Children's Books

Aesop's Fables

Carol Hurst's Chldren's Literature Site

Literature Guides - Nancy Polette lists over 250 literature guides to use in your classroom; easy to download PDF's.

This page is designed to support teachers striving to provide excellent literacy instruction for students.At this site you'll find an overview of most of the popular reading models as well as links to helpful information about how to foster particular literacy skills and strategies in the classroom.

The Literacy Web                    

The Literacy Web  offers a great collection of links to literacy education resources, including children's literature, adolescent literature, and writing, that are organized by grade level K-12.

The Children's Literature Web Guide

A good starting point for any language arts teacher. Here you will find book awards, publishers, authors, illustrators, and a multitude of other links.

Web English Teacher

This site contains an exceptional collection of online resources to assist teachers in the classroom.

William Shakespeare Online

The complete works.

Reader's Theatre


You can search this online encyclopedia to find information on mythology, folklore and legends.

Interactive Language Arts

A Journalism page designed for middle schools. Students can discover what's behind the who, what, where, when and why as students take on the roles of journalist


This comprehensive humanities resource site features lesson plans for literature and lets you link to the best resource sites on the web.

The Schools of California Online Resources for Educators

This site has language arts links, a teacher resources section and a vast collection of lesson plans.

Word Detective

Did you ever wonder where phrases like "lame duck" came from? Visit Word Detective for the answer.


Most of us can use some assistance with our use of the English language. Check out this grammar site.


The preeminent Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse providing students, researchers and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.

Yahoo Author Page

TeachersFirst created interactive versions of two popular poems (Poe's "The Raven" and Alfred Noyes' "The Highwayman") that can help students grapple with poetry on their own. Both poems present the texts with online prompts for vocabulary and poetic devices. They can see what's going on just by mousing over the text. The final few stanzas of each poem are untouched so students can pick out poetic stylings for themselves.

The Raven:

The Highwayman:


The UVA electronic text center, there is a separate free non-student area.

Project Perseus (a must for the Classics)

Wright American Fiction

A collection of 19th century American fiction, as listed in Lyle Wright's bibliography American Fiction,  1851-1875. There are currently 1752 texts included (1602 unedited, 155 fully edited and encoded) by 845 authors.

Big Myth

This site uses shockwave technology to tell creation stories from around the world. Students can read along as they listen to stories told in either English or Dutch. There are support materials for each pantheon that direct students to further inquiry.

The Mountain City Elementary School
This site has over forty reading units listed  to enhance  teaching with books.

Literature Learning Ladders

This page is part of the Eduscapes site. It suggests a way for teachers to integrate literature and technology into all disciplines. It is designed for elementary and middle school.

Literature-based WebQuests

These games and comprehension activities provide extra practice.

Between the Lions: Games

Can you scoop letters from your soup to make a word? There are lots of phonics games to play using Shockwave. (primary)

Online Practice Reading Tests

These reading tests for grades 1-8 use multiple choice, short-answer, and long-answer questions. Test tips for students and how to score are included.

It's Fun To Read

Click All About Me for some interactive reading about Who Am I? What Is My Pet? And Where Do I Sleep? Have some fun with Bird Riddles and Tongue Twisters. (primary)

Reading Comprehension

These stories and follow-up questions teach main idea, inference, and word meanings from context. (intermediate)

BAB Books
On-line stories and resources

PBS Kids

On-line stories


Interactive spelling games

Sequence of Events

Learning to Read

Resources for Language Arts and Reading Research

The purpose of this web page is to improve the quality of reading instruction through the study of the reading process and teaching techniques. It will serve as a clearinghouse for the dissemination of reading research through conferences, journals and other publications.

PBS offers this site for students, complete with the top current news stories, featured lesson plans based upon those stories, and related online videos. (Note that free registration is required to access some of the accompanying features.)

American Writers: A Journey Through History: Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes

This web site offers biographical information about Hurston and Hughes, lists of the authors' other works and selected excerpts, streaming video from the American Writers: A Journey through History episode, a video lesson plan, a timeline of events from 19011929, links to related resources, and more.

Power Proofreading

This site is an interactive proofreading game from Houghton Mifflin. You can chose the grade level.


The Kennedy Center Teams Up with RealNetworks to Put Children's Books Online

The Texas Center for Academic Excellence Writing

A tutorial program that specifically helps students with Reading and Language Arts in after school programs designed for at-risk 5th and 6th graders having trouble with criterion testing


Plan a story, learn how to properly compose paragraphs,  write letters and leaflets.. Activities, tests, and student worksheets are included in this online writing workshop and lab.


Argument & Opinion

Biography Writing

Descriptive Writing

How to Write an Essay

Writing with Writers

Developed by Scholastic, the Writing with Writers series allows students to work with authors, illustrators and editors in a workshop designed to guide them in developing their skills

eMints: Point of View

Professional Development

Guide to Writing a Basic Essay

A list of sites online that contain resources useful in essay writing.


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