[kids-lib] Great Websites for Kids adds new sites

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Wed Jan 8 08:21:26 PST 2014

Hello! Below is ALA’s Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) announcement of the new addition to their Great Websites for Kids website (http://gws.ala.org/). Some of these may be good to link to from your library’s website, to add to resources lists, or to recommend to children and families when providing readers’ advisory or reference services.

As with anything you add to your collection, be sure websites comply with your library’s selection policy and/or internet policy before you link to it directly from your library’s website or add it to a resource list.



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

-----Original Message-----
From: Kimberly Grad [mailto:kpbert85 at gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 07, 2014 8:19 PM
To: alsc-l at ala.org
Subject: [alsc-l] Great Websites for Kids adds new sites

The Great Websites for Kids Committee is proud to announce that 23 Sites were added to Great Websites for Kids in 2013.  Here’s the complete list,

including the 7 newest sites (see asterisk).   Enrich your resources for

children with this dynamic list.

If you discover a great website, we would love to hear from you!  Please feel free to fill out the suggestion form at:  http://gws.ala.org/suggest-site.

With our best wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Successful New Year!

Kimberly Probert Grad, co-chair, Brooklyn (NY) Public Library John Peters, co-chair, Bronx, NY Paige Bentley-Flannery, Deschutes Public Library, Bend, OR Lara Anne Crews, Forsyth County (NC) Public Library Brandon M. Hines, Coffey County Library, Burlington, KS Suzanne Kovach, Harford County (MD) Public Library Ted McCoy, Springfield (MA.) City Library Lisa Taylor, Ocean County (NJ) Library Katie Scherrer, (REFORMA representative), Connected Communities, Lexington, KY

2013 Great Websites

BBC Primary History


Designed to appeal to younger students, this site offers an introduction to specific periods in history with timelines and biographical information.

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 http://www.corestandards.org Devoted to the task of defining Common Core State Standards, this site provides detailed definitions of what students are expected to learn in their journey toward successful college and career experiences.

Dav Pilkey's Extra Crunchy Website-O-Fun pilkey.com 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.

*Discovery Kids in Spanish


Videos and games featuring favorite characters from Discovery Kids. Also includes helpful information for parents. Videos y juegos que presentan sus personajes favoritos de Discovery Kids. Incluye también información útil para los padres.

Engineer Girl


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

*GlacierWorks: Everest


Glacierworks utilizes stunning photography and videography to educate visitors about the glaciers of the Greater Himalayan Region. The importance of the glaciers, the changes they are experiencing, and their documented history are brought to life by this amazing collection of work.

How to Smile


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.



The US Government's website for kids explores jobs, health, art, school subjects and more. Choosing personal interests or researching your latest school report can be done on this website through text, games and informational videos.

*Kidzone with the New York Philharmonic


Discover the world of the New York Philharmonic and go backstage to learn about

music and instruments.          Kids can explore famous composers, play games, and

create music.

*Lawrence Hall of Science


The Lawrence Hall of Science is UC Berkeley's public science center; 24/7 Science is the kids page, which includes a variety of science experiments and activities, as well as games and citizen science opportunities.



Mocomi is a fresh approach to content for kids with the perfect blend of fun and learning that helps the left & the right brained child learn through experiences.

National Center for Learning Disabilities http://www.ncld.org/ 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.

*PBS Kids Lab in Spanish


Juegos y actividades que desarrollan habilidades de matemáticas y lectura.

Games and activities that help develop math and reading skills.



A PBS site for girls interested in science. SciGirls includes games, project ideas, videos and more.

Smithsonian Kids


Smithsonian Kids includes a lot of information and activities about a lot of topics, including dinosaurs, world cultures, animals, outer space, history, and more…many of which are also exhibits at the Smithsonian museums.

Spanish site of the "My Hero" project


My Hero is a project to celebrate the best of humanity. Students can add to the project by submitting their own essays about their heroes. Mi héroe es un proyecto para celebrar lo mejor de la humanidad. Los estudiantes pueden aportar al proyecto por presentar sus propios ensayos sobre sus héroes.

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.

Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms


A wide range of genetic terms are explained thoroughly but concisely by leading experts in the field. Multimedia elements include downloadable PDFs, audio clips with explanations of terms, and 3D models.

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!

Tween Tribune en Español


Daily news in Spanish for children and adolescents.  Noticias diarias en español para niños y adolescentes.

Walking With Dinosaurs


Created by the BBC, Walking with Dinosaurs features individual pages featuring interesting facts, images and statistics on particular dinosaurs.



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.

*Newest additions to Great Websites for Kids
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