I'm collecting a list of sites that I think you might find helpful. Some of the sites have links and lists for good reading. On others you can find historical information for reports or just because you're interested in learning. I've also found some sites for teachers--here you'll find ideas for lesson plans and activities. Finally, check out some of my writer friends’ sites.



Lists and Links for Good Reading:


America Writes for Kids is a great place to start when you're looking for good books to read and information on authors. "Its goal is to promote literacy and creativity by introducing young readers, parents, teachers, and librarians to the work of “real, live” children’s authors." (http://usawrites4kids.drury.edu)


Wynken Blynken and Nod is Knox College’s online magazine for children and young adults. You’ll find stories here--some funny and some sad. http://quiver.knox.edu/wynkenblynken/



Historical Information:


American Memory is a web site of the Library of Congress. It includes information on historical periods as well as lesson plans, programs, and related activities. (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html)


Spy Letters of the American Revolution--fascinating information about spies during the Revolutionary War. http://www.si.umich.edu/spies/


Take A Virtual Tour of Ford’s Theatre where Abraham Lincoln was shot. This is a terrific site and you can learn a lot about the assassination--how and why it happened. http://www.fordstheatre.org/sites/default/files/virtualTour/index.html



Sites For Teachers:


Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site created by Carol Otis Hurst and Rebecca Otis "is a collection of reviews of great books for kids, ideas of ways to use them in the classroom and collections of books and activities about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes and professional topics."(http://www.carolhurst.com/index.html)


Kay Vandergrift's Special Interest Page has lots of information on studying children's and young adult literature.  Dr. Vandergrift is a professor and dean at Rutgers University. "This website is a means of sharing ideas and information with all those interested in literature for children and young adults."(http://scils.rutgers.edu/%7Ekvander/)


TeachingBooks.net has thousands of teacher guides on PK-12 books, hundreds of multimedia author programs, including original productions of front-list authors and illustrators. These exclusive programs include 5-minute, projectable movies and in-depth, written interviews. (http://www.teachingbooks.net)


Some of my Favorite Writers' Web Sites:


At Sheri Cooper Sinykin's Place you can find out about all her great books--Giving Up The Ghost, her other novels, her picture books, and the Magic Attic Club series books she's written. (http://www.sherisinykin.com/)


Jane Kurtz grew up in Ethiopia, and has used her background as inspiration for many of her books.  At her web site you can find out about her books, her life in Ethiopia, the school visits she's done, and lots of other information as well. (http://www.janekurtz.com/index.html)


Caroline Arnold writes nonfiction--she has more than a hundred books for kids of all ages. It was Caroline's book on the Sequoia trees that started me on the question that led to my new novel.  (http://www.carolinearnoldbooks.com/)


Stephanie Golightly Lowden’s book, Time of the Eagle is an exciting historical adventure. On her site you can find out more about it and what she’s working on. (http://www.stephaniegolightlylowden.com) She also has a blog here.