Certainly do try to make it to your own public library this week (and every week!) – in addition, here is a list of online libraries to try.
Warning: you can become lost for hours browsing these online shelves! I did.
1. From the University of Massachusetts at Amherst – Aesop’s Fables
2. The Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature in the Department of Special Collections at the University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Library. The product of Ruth Baldwin’s 40-year collection development efforts, this vast assemblage of literature printed primarily for children offers an equally vast territory of topics for the researcher to explore: education and upbringing, family and gender roles, civic values, racial, religious, and moral attitudes, literary style and format, and the arts of illustration and book design.
3. Storyline Online – an on-line streaming video program featuring members of the Screen Actors Guild reading children’s books aloud. Each book contains accompanying activities and lesson ideas. Books read include Stellaluna (read by Pamela Reed ), My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother (read by Melissa Gilbert) and Knots on a Counting Rope (read by Bonnie Bartlett and William Daniels)
4. byGosh.com – Illustrated Children’s Classics
5. Candlelight Stories – A must see site!
6. Children’s Books Online – The Rosetta Project – striving to be the largest collection of illustrated antique books online
8. Classroom Theater – a collection of classroom theater scripts from Fiction Teachers.com
What is it? By Classroom Theater we mean a special, scripted version of a story that is easy for a group of students to read dramatically. In creating these Classroom Theater scripts, our main objectives have been to pick entertaining stories and to convey those stories in a form that is enjoyable both for the readers-who need no costumes, props, or staging-and for the audience.
9 Harper Collin’s Children’s books – HarperCollins has a special feature on their website called “Browse Inside,” an application allowing visitors to sample whole books from the list of HarperCollins titles online using a special flash display. Click on the Browse Inside link to access content. Over 500 titles in the children’s section.
10 The International Children’s Digital Library – A Library for the World’s Children
The mission of the International Children’s Digital Library Foundation is to excite and inspire the world’s children to become members of the global community – children who understand the value of tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas — by making the best in children’s literature available online.
11 KidSpace at The Internet Public Library – a Super Resource! Kids can use this site to research just like they would in their own public library
12.Kid Pub – the world’s largest online collection of stories (over 40,000) written by kids for kids!
13 A very nice collection of Rhebus Rhymes from Enchanted Learning(they’re free…scroll past the top banner)
one more – because it’s too beautiful to miss
Indigenous Australia (20 Dreamtime stories in audio, video and text)