Plains Reading Council
Watercolor "Camp Wannaread" by Arvis
from May 1993 cover of The Reading Teacher
Plains Reading Council
An affiliate of the Alabama Reading Association and the
International Reading Association
Links on this page were supplied by Plains Reading Council members.
Click here for the official Plains
Web Information of Special
to Literacy Educators
The links below take you to sites of particular interest to Plains
Online. Electronic journal published by IRA.
Children's Literature Sites
Hurst's Children's Literature Website
Writing Children's Books
Jan Brett, author of many
children's books, has pulled together teachers' classroom applications
of her books. She even has printable masks teachers can use to
site with 655+ fables from Aesop and LaFontaine, with some audio and
Native American book reviewing site
focusing on children's literature. Pretty radical but worthwhile.
They also have a long list of books they do recommend (and distribute)
some of which would not be readily available from other sources.
Web Guide. This is a comprehensive database for children's
Includes awards, authors, subject-oriented children's sites such as
American sites, Reader's Theater sources, Teachers' Resources,
Children's Book Council Web Page.
non-profit organization of publishers provides a teachers
and librarians page, a poetry page, authors and illustrators page, etc.
and activities for teachers to encourage incorportating poetry in the
Includes poetry theater, poetry contests, author visits, etc.
Center. Includes online book discussion groups of children's
books. Primarily they provide annotated book lists for children
Project Gutenberg. Almost
10,000 classic books on the Web; can be read and downloaded for free.
The On-Line Books Page.
free books to download.
In-depth author interviews, publishing news and early reviews of adult
and children's books.
The Ultimate Guide to Children's Authors. Introduces some of the major voices in children's literature.
Websites Designed for Children
has a Kids Magazine section and has articles on animals and other
topics under their 'stories' archive. These are not fictional
stories (or are a mixture of storyline and factual material).
for Kids Archive
Uncle Ben's Guide to U. S.
Government has essays on a wide range of U. S. government related
topics from money and how it's minted, to symbols of the United
States. The site is divided into age ranges. The articles
are from the different branches of the government and very in
readablility and interest from very interesting and readable to "ho
Federation with links to Ranger
-- Question and answer service run by librarians
Library -- With biographical information
-- Links to literature, authors, and children's writing
-- Web publication opportunities for children
-- A safe place for kids to learn about their bodies and feelings
-- Search engine for kids
One Sky, Many Voices
-- inquiry-based science curricula
Travel Bureau -- From National Geographic
Pilkey's Web Site o' Fun
Brett's Home Page
Online Exhibits Collection
Planets of Our Solar System
of Tutankhamen. A you-are-there look at the unearthing of
boy pharaoh's tomb.
Audrey Wood's Website.
interactive look into her books.
divided by age categories.
Kids' Castle. Interactive
at the Smithsonian treasures.
Kinetic City Cyber Club.
Learn about physics and energy in a quest for truth, justice, and
National Zoo. Webcams
the animals live. At 10:30 AM CDT they feed the elephants.
Jacques Home Page. All about the author and his works.
comes alive when you are accused of being a witch.
UNICEF Voices of Youth.
Find out about young people all over the world.
Zoom Dinosaurs. An
online hypertextbook about dinosaurs.
Between the Lions.
reading web site designed to be accessed by children,
and teachers. Accompanies a PBS literature series for children.
Looking for expository text for
children? Dr. Judy Lechner suggests, "Go to Ebsco Host
through Alabama Virtual Library
(AVL) and select Searchasaurus. The articles in this
elementary school database range from articles from children's
magazines, such as Cobblestones,
material from popular newpapers that have a low reading level but
were not designed for children, such as USA Today. I try to encourage
students to get their AVL card through their public library, so they
are used to using AVL when they get to their schools and demand it
(because if we don't use it we'll lose it). But they can also get
to the same database through Auburn University Library's Find
Articles--Ebsco. They should select Primary Search. Also
through either AVL or AU Library they can get to InfoTracKids and to
SIRS Discoverer. Each of these databases has magazine articles for
children. SIRS even identifies the reading level (at least
loosely). Finally, in Ebsco there is also Animal Encyclopedia,
which is meant for children. Each animal has its own essay and
Plain Talk: Booknotes from
the Plains Reading Council
for annotations on recent children's literature from Plains Council
See some digital pictures of Plains Council annotators at work!
Look here for
images of Gordon Korman speaking to the Young Writer's Conference .
Best Young Adult Literature of
Ted Hipple, Executive Secretary of the Adolescent
Literature Assembly of NCTE, surveyed 120 professors, teachers,
and publishers about what they thought were the ten best young adult
of the 1990s. Those who responded selected these books as the
of the Nineties, beginning with the participants' top choice.
Lois Lowry, The Giver
Karen Hesse, Out of the Dust
Louis Sachar, Holes
Virginia Euwer Wolff, Make Lemonade
Chris Crutcher, Ironman
Christopher Paul Curtis, The Watsons Go to Birmingham -- 1963
J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons
Chris Crutcher, Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
Rodman Philbrick, Freak the Mighty
Norma Fox Mazer, When She Was Good
M. E. Kerr, Deliver Us from Evie
Please help us collect information on state, regional, and national
reading conferences and workshops. We need dates, web links,
speakers, and procedures and deadlines for program proposals. You
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Plains Council Teachers Study
for the findings of our Literature Discussion Group on Research Related
to Literature Discussion/Response Groups, Literature Circles, and Book
Clubs. You'll also find a detailed bibliography to guide your
on a powerful activity for encouraging independent reading.
Homepages of Plains Council
Here you can find all sorts of interesting information courtesy of
the literacy educators of the Plains Reading Council.
Bruce Murray. The Reading Genie, with links and lessons on
Judith Lechner. With links to Newbery authors
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This page last updated on August 16, 2010.