Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Spring 2012 Great Websites for Kids!

The Great Websites for Kids Committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has announced its picks for Spring 2012!

A full listing of the Great Websites for Kids can be found here:  http://gws.ala.org/

Be sure to check out the highlighted internet sites on the Children's page of the WFL website, both in the "Fun and Games" and "Look it up!" sections.

Spring 2012 Great Web Sites

Make learning fun with a variety of educational computer games for kids. Learn
new skills and improve old ones in areas such as math, language arts, and

All About Birds
Learn all about birds in this website created by the Cornell Lab of
Orinthology. Bird names, species, location and history are all featured. Also
included are bird songs and videos.

CIA for Kids-Games
Find out what the CIA is all about, play games, and solve puzzles. Resources
for various audiences including parents and teachers.

Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media helps parents make decisions about media and technology for
their families. Information and advice is provided in a variety of formats
including reviews, videos, and even lesson plans.

Generation on Youth Advisory Council
Whether you are looking for something to do after school or to fulfill a
service requirement, you'll find inspiration to change the world around you
here. This interactive website has a volunteer position search, blogs full of
personal stories, and offers project tips from young people like you!

Judy Schachner
Fun, festive, and full of fantastic resources, this author webpage includes
interactive stories, games, print-outs, and educator resources.

PBS Kids Raising Readers Kids Island
Helps children develop and practice basic reading skills through online games
and activities with their parent, teacher or caregiver.

Created by Jeff Kinney of "Wimpy Kid" fame, this virtual world invites young
gamers to create a character and to undertake age-appropriate quests on over a
dozen "islands" based on themes from history, nature, and human culture.

Seymour Simon
Called by the New York Times "the dean of [children's science] writers," Simon
offers information about himself and his books (over 250 and counting!) on his
official site, along with study guides, science news and videos, a science
dictionary and more.

The New York Times Learning Network
The New York Times Learning Network provides teaching and learning materials
and ideas based on NYT content. It includes lesson plans and resources for
teachers as well as quizzes and activities for students 13 and older.

We Give Books
We Give Books enables children to read a book online and after doing so, a
physical book will be donated to a child in need through literacy programs
around the world.  Created by the Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation, it
combines the promotion of literacy, both to the child reading online and the
giving of books, and the concept of giving.

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