Children's Literature

"...How am I to sing your praise,
Happy chimney-corner days,
Sitting safe in nursery nooks,
Reading picture story books?"

"Picture Books in Winter"
A Child's Garden of Verses
Robert Louis Stevenson

These lines by Robert Louis Stevenson remind us of the immense pleasure a good book brings to each of us. The Internet can never replace the joy of curling up with a good book; however, it can enhance our reading pleasure by guiding us to good literature, reviews, and opportunities to expand our horizons.

There are innumerable sites which refer to children's literature. The ones chosen for this web page seem to be high quality. Oftentimes they are mentioned in a number of sources or have received commendation. Most of them are updated on a regular basis; all of them were functioning sites at the time they were chosen. For easier access we have divided them into the categories Publications for Children, Publications by Children, and Awards. In some cases, there is overlap between the categories.

Authors and Illustrators

The Author Page
From the Internet Public Library, the site includes links to pages with biographical information, photos and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) with answers from that authors or illustrators.
Authors and Illustrators
A list of general Internet sites about authors plus a list of author's pages. From the Canton Public Library Youth Page.
Tell Me More!
From the Children's Literature Web Guide site. Information about children's authors & illustrators, and their books.
Learning About Author and Illustrator Pages
Many readers are curious about the creators of the books they enjoy. The more than six hundred links to author/illustrator sites included here will help to satisfy that curiosity. From Kay E. Vandergrift

Children's Literature

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site
This is another site which provides annotated links. It is neatly broken down into the categories Children's Books, Subjects in Children's Books, Professional Resources, and Getting Around Our Site. The author's e-mail and snail-mail addresses are included for further information.
The Children's Book Council
The Children's Book Council (CBC) is a non-profit trade organization that has been dedicated to encouraging literacy and the use and enjoyment of children's books since 1945. A resource for publishers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, authors, illustrators, and parents.
Children's Literature Web
Information on the history of children's literature, writing and illustrating books for children and more.
Digital Librarian: Children's Literature
Digital Librarian is maintained by Margaret Vail Anderson, a librarian in Cortland, N.Y. This is an annotated list of the best that's available on the web.
The Children's Literature Web Guide
Internet resources related to books for children and young adults. This site is an attempt to gather together and categorize the growing number of Internet resources related to books for Children and Young Adults. Much of the information that you can find through these pages is provided by others: fans, schools, libraries, and commercial enterprises involved in the book world. The site is maintained by David Brown, a librarian with several years of experience in children's materials and educational resources.

Publications for Children

The BookWire Index Publishing for Young Readers
This site provides annotated links to books, publishers, reviews, journals, and educational materials geared to young readers. The links are listed alphabetically and are not categorized. The list is updated regularly.
101 Out-Of-This-World Books For Kids Ages 8-13
A list of recommended books divided into subjects, compiled by Arrowhead Library System.
Traditional Classics in Children's Literature
The title says it all. The list was last updated in March 1997.

Publications by Children

Children Writing & Publishing
Resources for children's writing and publishing. By Kay E. Vandergrift.
MidLink Magazine
MidLink magazine is an award-winning electronic magazine which is published four times a year by middle school children for middle school children. Each issue has a different theme.
Stone Soup
Stone Soup is a magazine written and illustrated by children ages 8 to 13. The print version was first published by college students 23 years ago. The same couple still edits the magazine. They believe that "young people can create works of astonishing power." They select from thousands of works every year.


Children's Book Awards
This is part of The Children's Literature Web Guide produced and regularly updated by David K. Brown. It claims to be "the most comprehensive guide to English-language children's books awards on the Internet."
Caldecott Medal Home Page
This home page, which is supported by the American Library Association, lists the 1997 Medal Winner and the 1997 Honor Books for the Caldecott Medal. The Caldecott Medal is awarded yearly to the artist of the "most distinguished American picture book for children."
Newbery Medal Home Page
This page is also supported by the American Library Association. It lists the 1997 Medal Winner and the 1997 Honor Books for the Newbery Medal. The Newbery Medal is awarded yearly to the author of the "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."

Updated January 1, 2001
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