[kids-lib] New sites added to Great Websites for Kids!

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Thu Jul 18 16:05:46 PDT 2013

Posted on behalf of ALA's Association for Library Services to Children:

The 2013 Great Websites for Kids Committee has selected a new group of websites!


"Children in need of trusted online sources for reports or homework, parents and teachers looking for solid information about Common Core Standards, tweens after current news in Spanish OR English, and anyone who delights in rampant "Captain Underpants" style silliness will find it all just clicks away in this newest set of Great Web Sites," according to 2013 Great Websites Committee co-chairs John Peters and Kimberly Probert Grad.

B.J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper
One of the oldest and broadest directories of carefully chosen web sites for students, this father-son collaboration is a "go-to" destination for anyone with homework to do, a research or science project, or any other informational need.

Common Core - State Standards Initiative
Devoted to the task of defining Common Core State Standards, this site provides detailed definitions of what students are expected to learn. It serves as a resource to teachers and parents embarking on the education of young people, especially in the context of relevance to real-world knowledge and skills that are necessary for success in college and careers.

Dav Pilkey's Extra Crunchy Website-O-Fun
Meet Dave PIlkey in comic book form! Explore his books, videos, games and book app! Be sure to check out "Fun Stuff" for more activities and silly facts.

Engineer Girl
The Engineer Girl website is designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women.

A collection of hands-on science and math activities, created by staff from science museums around the country, this website is a resource for educators, homeschoolers, parents, and anyone looking to teach school-aged children about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) using interactive, non-classroom methods.

National Center for Learning Disabilities
A user-friendly resource for parents, caregivers, or anyone impacted by or concerned about learning disabilities (LD). Features guides for understanding LD symptoms and treatments in an age-appropriate context, from preschool through adulthood.

Start With A Book
Themed books (fiction and nonfiction) and activities to engage children in reading and learning during the summer.  Helpful literacy tips, resources and printables for parents and caregivers. "Read. Talk. Explore."

Tween Tribune
Daily news sites for kids, tweens and teens. From animals to entertainment, you will find the most compelling, relevant and interesting news all on one site! Registration Required.

Tween Tribune en Español
Noticias diarias en español para niños y adolescentes.

Spark children's imaginations by sharing a "Wonder of the Day" and exploring a "Wonder Playground." A project of the National Center for Family Literacy.

Great Web Sites for Kids (GWS) features links to websites of interest to children 14 years of age and younger, organized into diverse subject headings such as animals and dinosaurs; games and entertainment; history and science; art and music; and much more. There is also a special section with sites of interest to parents, caregivers and teachers. Each site entry includes a brief annotation and a grade-level rating.

Check out current committee member Lisa Taylor's post on the ALSC blog earlier this week:  http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2013/07/great-websites-for-kids-spring-2013-additions/

The complete listing of recommended great sites with annotations and selection criteria can be found at http://greatsites.ala.org<http://greatsites.ala.org/>.

Members of the 2013 Great Websites for Kids Committee are:

Co-Chair Kimberly Probert Grad (Brooklyn Public Library, NY); Co-Chair John E. Peters (Bronx, NY); Paige Bentley-Flannery (Deschutes Public Library, Bend, OR);
Lara Anne Crews (Forsyth County (NC) Public Library); Brandon M. Hines (Coffey County Library (Milwaukee) WI); Suzanne Gayetsky Kovach (Harford County Public Library (MD); Edward McCoy (Oakland Public Library, CA);Lisa Taylor, (Bamegat Branch Library, Bamegat, NJ); Katherine Opal Scherrer (REFORMA Representative) (Connected Communities, Lexington, KY)

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