Kids Who Read

A celebration of Children's Literature

Some Proven Benefits of Reading

It has been shown that the best way to increase reading development is to read as much and as often as possible. There are many different kinds of intriguing children's literature, and many purposes for reading. Sometimes we read for pleasure, and children learn that books can be enjoyed throughout their lives. At other times our reading can transmit our values and cultural heritage and that of other cultures. Reading books can result in personal development as children learn how other people handle their problems, and how to understand other's feelings. Books open doors to knowledge and can expand our interests. Books take children into imaginary worlds and stimulate their aesthetic development. Appropriate children's literature can promote language development, cognitive development, personality development, and social development. (Note: When parents or teachers select literature for children, the first consideration is to the child who will be reading the book. Children have different personal and literary needs at various times. They also have diverse interests and reading abilities that should be considered.)


Great Places on the Web:

 100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know


Authors and Illustrators on the Web


Award Winners



  • Children's Book Awards The most comprehensive guide to English-language children's book awards on the Internet.


  • Coretta Scott King Award- Established 1969. Designed to commemorate the life and work of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination in continuing to work for peace and world brotherhood. Presented annually to an African American author and an African American illustrator for an outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution published during the previous year. The separate award for illustrator was added in 1979.


Stories on the Web

Recommended Books

Reading Rainbow - The Official Web Site
Children's Multicultural Literature Resource
Showcase A unique bibliography available only online, this bimonthly listing features titles submitted by publishers and grouped around a pre-selected theme
World of Reading Where kids and books come together
Children's Literature - Best Books Lists Everyone Has an Opinion about What Kids Should (or Shouldn't) Read.

Resources for Parents and Teachers

    • Great Sites Compiled by the Children and Technology Committee of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
    • SHARING LITERATURE Those who care about children and their literature have an obligation to inform themselves of the best and the latest thinking about the constellation of topics that will enable them to bring the two together most successfully. The reading bibliography is basic to gaining a rich background in the field.
    • Doucette Index: K-12 Lesson Ideas for Literature The Doucette Index provides access to books and websites that contain useful teaching suggestions related to books for children and young adults, and the creators of those books.
    • Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site This is a collection of reviews of great books for kids, ideas of ways to use them in the classroom and collections of books and activities about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes and professional topics.
    • Helping Your Child Learn to Read This is a book on-line sponsored by the department of education
    • Homeroom On this page you will find links to various web sites that contain lesson plans and a variety of other teacher resources.
    • Terrific resource! Multiple of arrangements of information (grade level, subject, author's name. Teacher written book reviews and activities)

Resources for Storytellers

kidread Our page indexes reference tools, journals, and books on our topic, and links to our recommended web sites. We also have a list of our group's top ten recommended picture books.

Research Guides and Indexes

ICONnect - Favorite Web Sites for K-12 Students Point-n-click your way to the web sites our KidsConnect school library media specialists have found most helpful for K–12 students!
KidsClick! Web Search KidsClick! was created by a group of librarians at the Ramapo Catskill Library System, as a logical step in addressing concerns about the role of public libraries in guiding their young users to valuable and age appropriate web sites.
Homework Helpline Here you'll find a collection of megastudy websites

Children's Literature Organizations on the Internet

Children's Literature Ring is a ring of sites devoted to books for young people

Writing/Publishing Tips

The Purple Crayon: A Children's Book Editor's Site by Harold Underdown . His articles for writers and illustrators provide some excellent advice, and his insights into the business of children's books are useful to us all.

 Created by: Christine McCarthy and Terry Schneider