[kids-lib] Spring 2012 Great Web Sites for kids birth to 14

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Tue Jun 12 08:43:50 PDT 2012

Hello! Below is the announcement for the Spring 2012 Great Web Sites for Kids list. If your library’s website links to children’s websites or provides patrons with lists of recommended websites for kids, this list is a great place to start your selection and review process to update your links and lists. Even though these websites are recommended by ALA’s Association for Library Services to Children, your library should still refer to your internet policy and selection policy to make sure they are in compliance with your own policies.

Katie Anderson, Library Development Services

* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *

Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301

katie.anderson at state.or.us, 503-378-2528

ALA’s Association for Library Services to Children’s Great Web Sites Committee is proud to announce their Spring 2012 selections which may now be found at http://gws.ala.org/

Great Web Sites for Kids are those considered the best web sites for children ages birth to 14, outstanding in both content and conception. As applied to web sites for young people, “great” should be thought to include sites of especially commendable quality, sites that reflect and encourage young people’s interests in exemplary ways. Our selection criteria can be found at:


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 typing.

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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