Reviews and Resources

Children's Literature Links

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This portion of the links page examines those sites which offer extensive reviews and lists of children's literature and related resources.

American Library Associations digital magazine supplements the librarian focused publication of the same name. The site holds current reviews, feature articles, author profiles, and bibliographies. The section on "Books in Spanish", compiled by Isabel Schon is an added feature. There is also a cumulative index and subscription information for Booklist Magazine. The site is now linked to an online bookstore.
The Boston Book Review: Children's Corner
Numerous book reviews.
The Bulletin of the Centre for Children's Books
The website for this children's book review journal has recently been expanded. Each month the on-line portion of the journal gives starred reviews, a theme-based article, editorials, and a profile of an author or illustrator (Ruby Bridges is featured in the latest issue). There is also much information about the print version of the journal. The Centre is based at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The entire Bulletin is now online but only available to subscribers.
Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site
Collection of reviews and ideas of how to use them in the classroom. Hurst has included subject categories, and curriculum areas. Also on this site one can find an interlinked collection of information on Children's Literature taken from various writings by Carol Hurst. The information is accessible by browsing, but there is also an expanded table of contents and a search mode.
Children's Bookwatch
Annotated booklists and resources which appear in volumes. Offers an extensive list of books and other materials divided into categories such as Books in Series, the Science Bookshelf, the Music Shelf, the Native American Shelf, and the Library CD-ROM Shelf. All of the materials are annotated.
Children's Literature 
A wonderful resource with themed reviews, numerous links and a new subscription based comprehensive database of books. The site offers a 30 trail membership of the database and it is well worth trying.
The Children's Literature Web Guide
Excellent site run by David Brown at the University of Calgary. Very comprehensive. Includes award lists, conference information, links to resources for parents, teachers, storytellers, writers and illustrators, links to on-line stories... If you only have time to go to one site when surfing the web for children's literature, this will probably be the one.
Cooperative Children's Book Center
CCBC is a center and research library at the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Much of the site focuses on the center itself, the collections of books they hold, and their publications and events. Vitual CCBC also contains a number of web only resources. There is also a listserv forum discussing children's and young adult literature.
Among other things, this site contains threads from the on-going debate on the Child_Lit listserv. Scholars, teachers, and writers all interact in these discussions which can be quite interesting. Also on the site are reviews, booklists, some on-line stories, author profiles, award lists, and links.
New York Times: Children's Books
Extensive collection of reviews of children's books from the New York Times. You have to subscribe online to access the pages, but the subscription is free.
"not kiddie lit nor children's lit'rature."
A fine collection of links to children's literature related sites created by Sharyn November a children's book editor with Penguin Putnam.
Notes from the Windowsill
Subtitled "An Electronic Journal of Book Reviews." The site is edited by Wendy Betts. One of the new features is the pick of the month wherein the editor picks the most memorable books reviewed that month. There is also a list of all of the starred reviews from the year. Annotated bibliographies of special interest books related to Jewish culture, and multiracial families for example. Does not have a search feature yet, but plans to in the future.
The Scoop: Children's Books News
Offers reviews and activities for teachers, interviews with authors and illustrators, and news about literature for children. Cindy Orban is the publisher. The site is now linked to so that you can order the books you read about.

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