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Award Winners

Caldecott Medal
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Coretta Scott King Award
awarded to authors and illustrators of African descent whose distinguished books promote an understanding and appreciation of the "American Dream."

Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature
A tailored reading list of quality children's literature or to find out if a book has won one of the indexed awards.

Geisel Award
The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.

Newbery Medal
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Pura Belpre Award
awarded biennially to a Latino author and illustrator whose work best portrays the Latino cultural experience through an outstanding book for children and youth.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. of Jacksonville, Illinois. ALSC administers the award.

Homework Help

Alabama Virtual Library Databases - Elementary Resources
Under Student Resources, click on Elementary School to access databases for children, including Explora Elementary School, Kids InfoBits and PebbleGo. Funding for these databases is provided by the Alabama State Legislature.

Homework Alabama
This service offers free homework help from subject specialists. Available everyday -- 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. Free Tutoring in Math, Science, Social Studies and English. Grades K-12, College Intro, and Adult Learners.

New York Public Library Digital Gallery
More than 700,000 digitized images from the New York Public Library, including historical documents, photographs, art pieces, and maps.


Book Related Websites

39 Clues

American Girls

Berenstain Bears

Beverly Cleary

Boxcar Children

Brandon Mull

Brown Bookshelf
The Brown Bookshelf is designed to push awareness of the myriad of African-American voices writing for young readers.

Capstone Kids
Games and activities based on book characters (published by Capstone)

Curious George

Dav Pilkey

David Wiesner

DC Comics for Kids

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Dork Diaries

Eric Carle

Geronimo Stilton


Guys Listen
GUYS LISTEN promotes literacy by focusing on the art of listening. Allowing guys to “plug in” to experience great stories will motivate them to enjoy novels and literature they may have been unwilling to try out before. Audiobooks are an ideal medium for all boys, whether they are reluctant readers or voracious ones, especially the 30% of guys who are auditory learners.

Guys Read
A web based program to help guys find stuff they like to read.

Hank the Cowdog

I Spy

I Survived

I'm Your Neighbor
Sharing children's books featuring New Arrivals and New Americans to build a stronger culture of Belonging and Welcoming.

Jan Brett

Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Jean Craighead George

Judy Blume

Junie B. Jones

Kate DiCamillo

KidLit TV
Enjoy storytime with authors, art lessons with illustrators, and more!

Latinxs in Kid Lit
Exploring the world of Latinx youth literature.

Magic School Bus

Magic Tree House

Marvel Comics for Kids

Mo Willems

Origami Yoda

Raina Telgemeier

Read Kiddo Read

Reading Is Fundamental
Their mission is to motivate young children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. RIF's highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8.

Reading Rockets
Launching young readers!

Rick Riordan

Robert Munsch

Salaam Reads
Salaam Reads is an imprint that aims to introduce readers of all faiths and backgrounds to a wide variety of Muslim children and families and offer Muslim kids an opportunity to see themselves reflected positively in published works.


Shel Silverstein

Spirit Animals


Start with a Book
Read. Talk. Explore. All Summer Long!

Storyline Online
Celebrities reading children's books!


We Read Diverse Books
Putting more books featuring diverse characters into the hands of all children.

Whatever After

Wizarding World

Fun & Learning Websites


Alabama History@Home
Explore our state's history from the comfort of your couch! Presented by Alabama Department of Archives & History

America's Story from America's Library

Free multiplayer educational games.


Be A Dinosaur
Games for reading and math, PreK-5th grade.

Bedtime Math


Catch the Science Bug
Solve science puzzles & investigations and learn more about what scientists do on the job

Classics for Kids
Fun ways to explore classical music.

Climate Kids: NASA's Eyes on the Earth
Provides clear answers to questions on global climate change

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Disney Jr

DK Find Out!
Fun facts, quizzes, games, and activities on a wide variety of topics

Energy Kids
Games & activities about energy

Exploratorium: The Museum of Science, Art & Human Perception
Official website of The Museum of Science, Art & Human Perception in San Francisco

Fact Monster


Go Noodle YouTube Channel
Get kids dancing, stretching, running, jumping, deep breathing, and wiggling to these videos!

Google Arts & Culture
Access art and other collections from 2,000+ museums around the world!


How Stuff Works
Learn how everything works

Kids Yoga Stories

Liberty's Kids

Money As You Grow

NASA Kids' Club

National Geographic Kids

National Ocean Service for Kids
The National Ocean Service is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. These activities help you learn more about our world, and how NOAA helps you explore, understand, and protect our Earth.

Nick Jr.


PBS Kids


Science Buddies
Experiment ideas and an opportunity to "ask an expert"

Science News for Kids
Latest Science news from around the globe


Smithsonian Kids
The Smithsonian has something to interest kids of all ages

Spanish Playground
Fun ways to learn Spanish!

Sports Illustrated for Kids

This Day in History

Tween Tribune

Weather Wiz Kids
Wealth of weather information

Where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery