Online resources related to the text used in BJ Namba's
Robert Kimmel Smith
Additional resources related to the tenets of this series:
Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site
This site provides lists of children's books and ideas of
ways to use them in the classroom as well as activities and
topics of professional interest.
Children's' Book Council
The Children's Book Council is a non-profit trade organization
dedicated to encouraging literacy and the use and enjoyment
of children's books.
This site provides a wealth of reviews designed to help teachers,
librarians, childcare providers, and parents make appropriate
literary choices for children.
Children's Literature Web Guide
This Web site categorizes the growing number of Internet
resources related to books for children and young adults.
Much of the information found on this Web site is provided
by schools, libraries, teachers, parents, and book professionals
(such as authors, editors, and booksellers). It includes
quick references to lists of award-winning and bestseller
children's books, teaching resources, links to parent resources,
and journal and book reviews.
deGrummond's Children's Literature Collection
From the University of Southern Mississippi Libraries, the
deGrummond Children's Literature Collection is one of North
America's leading research centers in the field of children's
literature. Although the Collection has many strengths, the
main focus is on American and British children's literature,
historical and contemporary. Their What's New section details
upcoming exhibits, many of which are available online.
The Doucette Index
The Doucette Index provides access to books and Web sites
that contain useful teaching suggestions related to books
for children and young adults, and the creators of those
books. The searchable database enables teachers to search
by author and/or title of the book, leading to lesson plans
and curriculum ideas.
The Institute for Learning
A liaison between its parent institution, the Learning Research
and Development Center of the University of Pittsburgh, and
working educators in school systems nationwide, The Institute
for Learning brings to educators the best current knowledge
and research about learning processes and principles of instruction.
Its mission is to provide educators with the resources and
training they need to enhance learning opportunities for
all students. The Institute serves as a think tank, a design
center for innovative professional development systems in
the schools, and an educator of core groups of school professionals.
KidSpace @ The Internet Public Library
The Reading Zone at KidSpace provides a number of online
texts for children, including works in French and Spanish.
A number of the links provide activities connected to the
literature as well.
Planet Book Club
This Web site is devoted to book clubs and provides and overview,
management suggestions, and a teacher forum. Guides to a
number of popular novels are available for purchase at the
Planet Book Club store.
This Web site is an online journal of K-12 practice and research
published by the International Reading Association. It includes
helpful links to book reviews, peer-reviewed articles, discussions
about literacy, and ideas and information about applying
technology in literacy instruction.
SCORE [the Schools of California Online Resources for Educators
This Web site provides teachers with online resources connected
to a number of literary titles commonly used in language
arts classrooms as well as CyberGuides, supplementary lesson
plans centered on core works of literature. Each CyberGuide
contains a student and teacher edition, standards, a task
and a process by which it may be completed, teacher-selected
Web sites, and a rubric (based on California Language Arts
Articles related to effective literature instruction from
the National Research Center on English Learning and Achievement:
"Classroom Discussion: Teachers' Perspectives on Obstacles
and Strategies" by Samantha Caughlan
"Engaging Students in Meaningful Conversation Leads to Higher
Achievement" by Arthur Applebee
"How Classroom Conversation Can Support Student Achievement"
"Supporting the Process of Literary Understanding: Analysis
of a Classroom Discussion" by Doralyn R. Roberts and Judith
"Taking Risks, Negotiating Relationships: One Teacher's Transition
Towards a Dialogic Classroom" by Julie Nelson Christoph and
"What Do We Know about Effective Fourth-Grade Teachers and
Their Classrooms?" by Richard L. Allington and Peter H. Johnson.
for Supervision and Curriculum Development
of Teachers of English