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Author Interview: Kay Cassidy on The Great Scavenger Hunt Contest.

Childrensbookradio.com: “a pod cast and children's book directory dedicated to sharing children's books.”

The Ethics of Representation: Realism and Idealism in Children's Fiction by Claudia Mills, assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder from the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy.

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY): “a non-profit organization which represents an international network of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together.”

Nancy J. Keane's Children's Literature Webpage: ready-to-use booktalks, lists of recommended reading, book reviews by children or other information about children's literature.

Learning to Read: Resources for Language Arts and Reading Research.

Literacy Online from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

Tips on Starting a Book Club by Little Willow from SparkNotes. Peek: "Before your first meeting think about what kind of questions can get the conversation going and keep it going."

children's book experts

American Library Association: long-time leader/gatekeeper in children's literary trade books.

Association of Booksellers for Children: “a national membership association that offers a support network for professional independent children's book industry.”

Association of Library Service for Children: a division of the American Library Association.

Book Links: Connecting Books, Libraries, and Classrooms published by Booklist Publications. A magazine targeted at teachers, librarians, booksellers, child care givers, and other children's literature enthusiasts. Highlights use of trade books in school classrooms, school libraries, public libraries, day-care centers, nursery schools, etc. by offering articles, reviews, bibliographies, and more. Site features index of all magazine issues, submissions information, and more.

BookPage: America’s Book Review: book reviews and author interviews. Read a Cynsations interview with BookPage Editor Lynn Green.

Book Web Home Page by the American Booksellers Association. Information about books, authors, and the book selling industry. Includes the ABA's Comprehensive Independent Booksellers Online Network (CIBON), an online directory of ABA member bookstores.

Booklist Home Page: on-line version of American Library Association publication that features articles, author interviews and essays, bibliographies, extensive book reviews and more.

Caldecott Medal: “given [by the ALSC of the ALA] to the illustrator of the most distinguished picture book for children published in the United States the previous year.”

Canadian Review of Materials from the Manitoba Library Association. Features articles and book, media, and web reviews.

Children's Book Awards from the International Reading Assocation.

The Children's Book Council: a non-profit trade organization that encourages literacy. Members include trade book publishers, book packagers, and multimedia producers. Includes catalog, membership information and list, publications, featured authors, author and illustrator links, history of Children's Book Week, how to celebrate it, reading activities, bibliographies, and more.

The Children's Book Guild of Washington DC: “an association of writers, artists, librarians, teachers, editors, publishers, and distributors dedicated to the field of children's literature.”

Children's Literature: A Guide to the Criticism by Linnea Hendrickson.

Children's Literature & Language Arts from the Internet School Library Media Center. Focuses on children's literature as related to education. Collection of links on: children's literature generally; on-line discussions; awards; reviews; authors & illustrators; genres; “bibliotherapy;” the “isms;” curricular resources; library enrichment activities; book fairs; and more.

Children's Literature Program at San Diego State University: features scholarly work by faculty, several bibliographies, and a book review service.

Children's Literature Web Guide by David K. Brown, Doucette Library of Teaching Resources, University of Calgary.

Children's Notable Lists from the ALSC of the ALA.

Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) of the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Embracing the Child: features information on authors and illustrators, educational resources, books and parenting and much more.

Frank Rogers' Guide to Children's Literature on the Web: a librarian's collection of annotated links from Frank Rogers, the media specialist at Gresham Park Elementary School in DeKalb County, Georgia.

The Goddess of YA Literature from Teri Lesesne.

Guidebooks to Children's and Young Adult Literature: some of the best experts in the business weigh in on their favorites via books of their own.

The Horn Book: publication about books for children and young adults. Major industry review resource. A must-subscribe for librarians, writers, etc. See An Interview with Editor Roger Sutton of The Horn Book from Cynsations.

International Reading Association: includes conferences & conventions, councils & affiliates, publications, international projects, research, and advocacy.

Mailing Lists Related to Children's Literature: includes instructions for subscribing to eight lists from the Children's Literature Web Guide.

Midwest Book Review: diverse and extensive on-line review publication. Focus includes: Children's Bookwatch, writing, publishing, fantasy, science fiction, libraries, universities, the arts, the sciences, and more.

Multicultural Review: “dedicated to a better understanding of ethnic, racial, and religious diversity.” Features articles and book reviews. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

National Council of Teachers of English: includes information on affiliates, assemblies, books, grants and awards, jobs, journals, professional development, public policy center, teaching ideas, and more.

Network of Educators on the Americas: “a Washington, DC-based not-for-profit organization that promotes peace, justice, and human rights nationwide through critical, anti-racist, multicultural education.”

Newbery Classroom Home: links to general sources, genre studies, author and illustrator studies, original texts, research collections, independent scholarship, exhibitions, aquarian booksellers.

Notes From the Windowsill: reviews books, features bibliographies of Jewish children's books, gay and lesbian themes, and depictions of multiracial families.

ReaderKidZ: One Child, One Book, One Page at a Time: a new resource site from Debbie Gonzales, Dianne White, Nancy Bo Flood, Stephanie Greene. Peek: "We’ve come together to establish a resource for teachers, parents and librarians who work with readers in grades K-5. On a regularly-updated basis, ReaderkidZ will provide new and exciting downloadable tools we hope you’ll use in promoting books to these up-and-coming readers." Don't miss Author-in-Residence, Beyond Borders, Book Room, and Tool Box.

Read Roger: The Horn Book Editor's Rants and Raves from Roger Sutton.

What's My Name: A trivia quiz on children's authors from Jim Trelease. Test your knowledge!

YourKidsLibrary.com: an ambitious site from journalist/teacher David Ross, who has been been collecting, reading and reviewing all the Newbery medalists and honor books since 1922. Includes the reviews and a subject, title, and author index. Written for teachers and librarians and includes curricular references.

Charlotte Zolotow Award: presented annually to the author of the best picture book text published in the preceding year.