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Recommended Websites for Kids

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Authors & Illustrators

Lloyd Alexander
Sue Alexander
Caroline Arnold
Tedd Arnold
Jim Arnosky
Jim Aylesworth
Haemi Balgassi
John Bellairs
Ludwig Bemelmans
Judy Blume
Fred Bortz
Paulette Bourgeois
Jan Brett
Eric Carle
Nancy Carlson
Judith Caseley
Denys Cazet
Beverly Cleary
Vicki Cobb
Babette Cole
Nina Crews
Margery Cuyler
Tomie DePaola
Denise Fleming
Mem Fox
Jean Craighead George
Heidi Goennel
Taro Gomi
Dan Gutman
Virginia Hamilton
Anna Grossnickle Hines
Will Hobbs
Pat Hutchins
Mick Inkpen
Joan Irvine
Brian Jacques
Crockett Johnson
Diana Wynne Jones
William Joyce
Ezra Jack Keats
Steven Kellogg
Dick King-Smith
Jackie Koller
Robin Michal Koontz
Kathryn Lasky
Madeleine L'Engle
C.S. Lewis
Jack London
Sylvia Long
Suse MacDonald
Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Michael McCurdy
Ben Mikaelsen
Cyd Moore
Bernard Most
Robert Munsch
Walter Dean Myers
Laura Joffe Numeroff
Mary Pope Osborne
Margie Palatini
Linda Sue Park
Elizabeth Partridge
Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Katherine Paterson
David Patneaude
Korky Paul
Gary Paulsen
Sylvia Peck
Bill Peet
Rodman Philbrick
Tamora Pierce
Dav Pilkey
Patricia Polacco
Robert Quackenbush
Peggy Rathmann
Shoo Rayner
Dian Curtis Regan
Dave Ross
Graham Salisbury
J. Otto Seibold
Dr. Seuss Web Page
Aaron Shepard--Author
Seymour Simon
Gloria Skurzynski
Irene Smalls
Lemony Snicket
Zilpha Keatley Snyder
William Steig
Janet Stevens
R.L. Stine
Phoebe Stone
Hudson Talbott
Rob Thomas
J.R.R. Tolkien
Chris Van Allsburg
Lee Wardlaw
William Wegman
Rosemary Wells
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Hans Wilhelm
Elizabeth Winthrop
Audrey Wood
Jane Yolen
Jane Zalben
Charlotte Zolotow

Award Winners

Caldecott Medal Home Page
Children's Book Awards
Coretta Scott King Award
Newbery Medal Home Page

Book Lists

Book Hive
Book Lists: Chapter Books (New York Public Library)
Book List: Picture Books (New York Public Library)
Book Spot
Books in a Series
Book Reviews by Kids for Kids
Character Building
Character Education
Children's Picture Book Database at Miami University
Cookbooks in Children's Literature
Cynthia Leitich Smith Children's Literature Resource
Guys Read
Librarians' Picks (from Ann Arbor MI)
Picturing Books
Seventy-Five Children's Book Authors and Illustrators Everyone Should Know
The Word Pool (British Site)

Books & Stories Online

Aesop's Fables
Bedtime Stories
Candlelight Stories
Children's Storybooks Online
Reading Zone - Picture Books
Reading Zone - Short Stories
StoryPlace - The Children's Digital Library
Wacky Web Tales

Favorite Characters

American Girls Series
Animorphs Page
Baby Sitters' Club Page
Betsy-Tacy Homepage
Between the Lions
Captain Underpants
Christopher Robin's Winnie-the-Pooh Character Guide and FAQ
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Curious George
Golden Books
Hank the Cow Dog
Harry Potter (Scholastic)
Harry Potter, by All of the Top Cartoonists
Harry Potter Lexicon
Harry Potter: MuggleNet.Com
Harry Potter Timeline
Judy Moody
Lemony Snicket
Little Critters
Little House on the Prairie
Magic Eye
Magic School Bus
Magic Tree House
Mike Mulligan
Mother Goose
My Name is America
Reading Rainbow
Spiderwick Chronicles
The Tolkien Trail

World & General

The Ancient Worlds Great Civilizations
Best of History Websites
Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History
Canadian Museum of History
Highlights (British Museum)
History Channel
The History Place
Mr. Dowling's Electronic Passport
This Day in History (History Channel)
Timeline of Art History
Timeline of the 20th Century
Today in History


Electronic Passport--Prehistory
Evolution of Modern Humans
Lascaux Cave
Prehistoric Man


African History on the Internet
African History--Timelines
Ancient African Empires
Internet African History Sourcebook
Smithsonian Natural History Web--African Voices


Asian History Timeline
Ancient China
History of China--Table of Contents
Internet Indian History Sourcebook
Japanese History
National Museum of Japanese History
Timeline of India

European (Ancient, Medieval, Modern)

Ancient Greece
Ancient Greece--History Link
The Ancient Greek World
Ancient Rome Daily Life
Ancient Rome by History Link 101
Build a Medieval Castle
Christian Catacombs of Rome
Forum Romanum
Greece--History for Kids
History of the Lost Empire: Medieval Siege
Holocaust Timeline
Kidipede--History for Kids (Middle Ages)
Know the Romans
Life in the Middle Ages--Feudal Life
A Medieval Atlas
Medieval Recipe Translations
Middle Ages--History Link
Museum of London
NetSERF (Medieval Resources)
Renaissance @
Renaissance Fair
The Romans
Timeline of Ancient Rome
The Vikings (BBC)
The Vikings (NOVA)
World War II
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Middle East

10 Facts about Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egyptian Pictures
Ancient Mesopotamia (UChicago)
Ancient Mesopotamia (History Link)
The Glory of Byzantium
Guardian's Egypt
Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology
Islamic History Sourcebook
Mark Millmore's Ancient Egypt
Mesopotamia in the Electronic Passport
Mysteries of Egypt
Pyramids: The Inside Story
Timeline of Ancient Egypt
The Virtual Mummy

South & Central America

The Aztecs--Mexicas
The Inca Empire--Timeline
Mayan Majix
Mayan Math
The Maya Ruins Page
Pre-Columbian Americas
Welcome to Maya Adventure!

United States

9/11 Memory & History
America's Wars--A Complete History
Colonial Williamsburg
Historic Valley Forge
United States History--General
United States History--Pre-Colonial to 1865

General Websites

Adherents.Com: Religion Statistics
Pluralism Project Homepage
Timeline of the Old Testament


Bible Gateway
Bible Study Tools from Crosswalk.Com
The Catholic Encyclopedia
Catholic Information Center
Catholic Online
Catholic Online Saints and Angels
Christianity Today
Chronology of Christianity - From Jesus to Christ
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
The Episcopal Church
DevoZine Just for Teens (a Methodist site)
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Jehovah Witnesses
The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
Online Church Services
Orthodox Church in America
Presbyterian Church in America Official Site
Southern Baptist Convention
Society of Friends (Quakers)
Teen Missions International
United Methodist Church Official Site
The Vatican


Jewish History Timeline
The Jewish Year
Judaism 101
Judaism and Jewish Resources Kids
Torah Tots


Islamic Art, Music, & Architecture Around the World
Islam at About.Com
Islam--Empire of Faith
Islamic Studies (from the Virtual Religion Index)
Islamicity in Cyberspace
The Nation of Islam Online

Eastern Religions

The Baha'i World
Buddhism--An Introduction
Fort Panth Khalsa (Sikhism)
Hinduism Today Magazine
TempleNet (temples of India)
Tricycle: the Buddhist Review
Zoroastrian Overview


The Encyclopedia Mythica
Myth Web
Mythology (Greek)

Other Religions

Asatru Pages (Religions based on Norse Gods)
Rastafarian Religion
Scientology Homepage
Unitarian Universalist Association
Universal Life Church

Pagan Religions

The Witches' Voice

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