Looking for a few good books to get your literature
circles off the ground? Click on the following links for some
suggestions from teachers around the country:
- Searchable Databases:
Online resources for high quality books that you can search online:
of Award-Winning Children's Literature, the Picture
Book Database at Miami University, the Canadian
Children's Literature Database, the International Children's Digital Library (database of books in languages from around the world), and the Barahona
Center for the Study of Books in Spanish
(at California State University, San Marcos).
- "Romance, no sex": Booklist for middle school readers compiled by Whitman Middle School library teacher, Chris Gustafson, in Seattle.
- From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle Grade Authors http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com. LCRC webmaster Katherine Schlick Noe is a member of this blog of middle grade authors. Features book lists; interviews with authors, editors, agents and other children's literature professionals; and extensive information about writing for and finding good books for readers in grades 3 through 7.
- Best Books for Boys from BoysRead.org ("Transforming boys into lifelong readers and lovers of books is our mission.")
- Sample Book Lists from Literature Circles Resource
Guide (2000) by Bonnie Campbell Hill, Katherine L. Schlick
Noe, and Nancy J. Johnson
Literature Web Guide http://www.ucalgary.ca/~dKbrown/
This site can best be described
as the gateway to most other web-based resources you would need
for literature circles. All of the major children's and
adolescent literature award winners are included, such as the
Newbery and Caldecott Medals; the Coretta Scott King Award; Notable
Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies (National Council for
the Social Studies); and Children's, Teachers', and Young Adult
Choices (International Reading Association).
Literature Units: Books arranged by theme and by grade
level from the Master in Teaching Program at Seattle University.
Probably the best web site targeted to a teen audience! Jennifer
Hubert is a middle school librarian in New York City and has developed
this site for students and teachers (but she is clear that teens
are her main audience!). Her booklists are focused and creatively
named -- Boy
Meets Book (books of interest to boys) and Riot
Girrl! (books with powerful female characters). Great site
to recommend to your students
- Oyate http://www.oyate.org/
Organization dedicated to children's literature that accurately and respectfully portrays the lives of native peoples. The catalog is an excellent resource on high-quality children's literature by and about native people.
- Cynthia Leitich Smith's Children's Literature Resources http://www.cynthialeitichsmith.com/lit_resources/cyalr_index.html
Bibliographies and recommendations for books on a range of topics and issues.
- American Indians in Children's Literature http://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com
Rich resource on literature by and about American Indians by Debbie Reese, a professor in the American Indian Studies program at the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign. Her blog also covers a wide range of topics related to how American Indians are portrayed in children's literature.
– Internet Public Library http://www.ipl.org/div/teen/browse/bw0000/
The Internet Public Library is a vast and well-organized portal.
The TeenSpace page is devoted to young adult literature and offers
a wide array of resources.
- Lazy Readers' Book Club
Although I'm not crazy about the implication that only "lazy readers" want short books, there are good recommendations here for short books (usually under 200 pages) of interest
to adults, young adults, and children. Developed and maintained
by Dr. Danny Brassell
- Seattle University Children's
Literature Links: Links to sites for book lists, reviews,
awards, classroom suggestions from LITC 521 Teaching with Children's and Adolescent Literature.
Horn Book Magazine, Booklist, and BookLinks: Popular web sites that supplement these professional