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
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
. This non-profit organization of publishers provides a teachers
and librarians page, a poetry page, authors and illustrators page, etc.
Poetry Teachers .
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
. More free books to download.
Publishers Weekly .
In-depth author interviews, publishing news and early reviews of adult
and children's books
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).
Geographic 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: An Interactive Tour of the Solar System
Renaissance: A Journey Through Time
of Tutankhamen . A you-are-there look at the unearthing of
boy pharaoh's tomb.
Audrey Wood's Website .
interactive look into her books.
FunBrain.com . Learning
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
. A 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,
to 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
Plains Council Recognized as
Council by International Reading Association
The International Reading Association recognized
Reading Council as one of only select eight local councils in Alabama
be recognized as Honor Councils for 2001-2002.
Attaining Honor Council is the result of submitting
for council members' efforts throughout the year that meet a number of
IRA requirements. These councils will be recognized at the April
28 Awards Celebration program at the IRA conference in San
IRA will mail the Honor Council certificates to the council presidents,
and I'm sure each certificate will be displayed at council meetings for
all to see. Alabama is indeed fortunate to have councils
the state whose members have made done so much to promote literacy.
Eight local councils have earned Honor Council this
Autauga Reading Council - 1 year
Baldwin County Reading Council - 4
Birmingham Area Reading Council -
Elmore County Reading Council - 1
Metro-Mobile Reading Council - 16
Northwest Alabama Reading Council
- 4 years
Plains Reading Council - 1 year
Tennessee Valley Reading Council -
Alabama Reading Association also earned the Award of
for 2001-2002 from the International Reading Association. This is
the thirteenth time the organization has attained this prestigious
Betty Dean Newman leads the state association and Betty Fowler verified
all the documentation tbat was sent in by IRA's deadline.
the Award of Excellence is indeed a team effort.
Join me in congratulating all those who worked so
to attain these honors, particularly Plains Council President Katie
This is indeed celebration time in Alabama.
Look here for
images of Gordon Korman speaking to the Young Writer's Conference .
Tell the world about a good book!
We invite students and teachers to tell others
about the good books that they have read. We will publish the
that you send us on this website. You can read some book reviews
that others have written here
To tell others about a good book that you have read,
regardless of whether it's a new book or an old one, send us an e-mail
message that includes the following information about your book, in
We invite any elementary or secondary school student
or teacher or any university student or faculty member to submit
Send your review by e-mail to Terry
Ley at firstname.lastname@example.org . Then watch the website for your
review to appear!
Illustrator's name (if the book is illustrated)
Year of publication
Number of pages
Your review (five or six sentences about the book, including a
brief summary and any response that you had to the book)
Your school's name
Join us at our reading website soon with a good
book to share!
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!
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
can e-mail us by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.
Dec. 4-8 National Reading Conference, San Antonio, Texas.
Apr. 28-May 3: International Reading Association Convention,
San Francisco, California.
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
Plains Council Members
Members, please help me update this record. Click the e-mail
link at the bottom of this page to add your school affiliation and
address or to correct any errors.
Nancy Beldon, Central High School, Phenix City, email@example.com
Edna Brabham, Auburn University, firstname.lastname@example.org
June Brand, email@example.com
Cathy Buckhalt, Opelika Middle School, firstname.lastname@example.org
Debbie Cimo, Drake Middle School, Auburn
Katie Forster, Dean Road Elementary School, email@example.com
Suzanne Freeman, Auburn City Schools
Jean Gravette, Dadeville Elementary School, firstname.lastname@example.org
Judith Hayn, Auburn University, email@example.com
Debbie Holt, Yarbrough Elementary School, Auburn, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joan Horton, Tuskegee University
Harriet Huggins, Learning Resource Center, Auburn University, email@example.com
Judy Lechner, Auburn University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry Ley, Auburn University, email@example.com
Bruce Murray, Auburn University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlotte Noles, Dadeville Elementary School
Susan Villaume, Auburn University, email@example.com
Jan Ruth White, Beulah Middle School
Gloria Willis, Dadeville Elementary School
Patricia Ann Woody
Tom Worden, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pam Yandle, Yarbrough Elementary School, email@example.com
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