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Fun Sites for Children

Site includes Reading Rainbow, Dragon Tales, Sagwa and much more…Good site for children, parents, care givers, teachers…

A fun site from the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Activities, booklist, "Bee an Author" and my favorite..."Hear a Story"

Calling it just a branch of the Public Library of Charlotte and Meklenburg County does not do it justice. Is an innovative and amazing place. It is a combination children's library that is equally exciting for toddlers as it is for teens. It is also the home of The Children's Theater of Charlotte. Imagination, activities and events fill every corner. I can't describe how terrific it is. Don't miss it if you are in the area. Their website is filled with activities for children.

Book ideas, descriptions and reader reviews for all ages.

Poetry Links

The Poetry Archive is a not-for-profit organization that has a website that if full of poems, biographies of poets and readings of poems by poets. Teachers can find a biography of Ted Hughes by doing a search from the Poetry Archive Home Page. There are fun activities for kids at the Poetry Archive Children's Page.

Ted Hughes has a poetry trail in England. Here is a link that tells you about the trail and one for a PDF of a trail map. If you can't get to Ted's trail, I hope students and teachers will be inspired to make their own trail. It could be in the library, on the playground or around the school.

Shortly after my book with the illustrations for Robert Louis Stevenson's poem The Moon was published, a young reporter asked me if Mr. Stevenson was a "local author". Therefore, I am including this link to this extensive Robert Louis Stevenson website. Not only can you learn a lot about the writer and poet, you might find a small museums near you. What a nice surprise to find his cottage in Saranac Lake, NY.


Author/Illustrator Sites

Illustrators Group
Eileen Christelow
Suse MacDonald
John Stadler
Wendy Watson

McElligott Graphics
Christy helped me with this website. She specializes in sites for authors and illustrators.

Matt McElligott
Matt is an author and illustrator of children's books. His site is a lot of fun.

Paul Ozelinsky
Paul is an author and illustrator I have known since my days studying with Maurice Sendak. His site is great.


Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Guide to new and featured books. Information and study guides for teachers, librarians and parents.

Viking Children’s Books
Reviews and lists for various children’s imprints from Penguin Putnam Inc. Publisher.

Stone Soup
A magazine by young writers and artists. They accept submissions from children all over the world up to age 13 years.

Children’s Literature Sites

The Purple Crayon
Information about publishing, writing and illustrating children’s books; interviews with authors, illustrators, editors and more.

Children’s Literature Web Guide
Book reviews, book awards, book lists, resources for teachers, parents, storytellers, authors, illustrators and much more.

American Booksellers Association
Independent booksellers association. Find your local independent bookseller.

American Library Association
Valuable web links for children, parents, librarians, teachers and caregivers as well as great information about children’s and young adult literature with resources about both.

Children’s Book Council
Catalogs, news, award lists, author/illustrator links and resources for parents and teachers plus other features.

Cynthia Leitich Smith Children’s Literature Resources
Book reviews, book lists, author/illustrator interviews and information – great for parents, teachers, librarians or caregivers.

The Hornbook
Features, articles and information from the Hornbook, a magazine dedicated to children’s literature.

Professional Organizations

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
Information and links for writers and illustrators of children’s books, some available only to members (membership available on line). Includes links to members of SCBWI.

The Author’s Guild
Author’s guild represents more than 8,000 writers focusing on improving rights and legal protections of writers.

Graphic Artists Guild
A national union of illustrators, designers, web creators and other creators.

Society of Illustrators
Home of information for promotion of illustration and illustrators.


Texas Book Festival
Information about the annual fair featuring many artists including numerous children’s authors/illustrators. Children of all ages are invited to attend.

Children's Literature Festival at Keene State College
A great Children's Literature Festival held in New England in the fall. Great Speakers. A great experience for participants and attendees. Tour the gallery of original children's book art!

Mazza Collection
Mazza Museum at The University of Findlay Summer and Weekend Institutes.
Summer Institute and Weekend Institutes are great conferences where you can see presentations by children's book illustrators and explore a great gallery of original children's book art. You can participate for credit or not. Great speakers. A great experience for participants and attendees.

Collections and Museums

Mazza Collection, Art from Children’s Books
Gallery specializing in original art from children’s picture books. An amazing collection of original art at the University of Findlay in Ohio. Who would think you can find original Randolph Caldecott right here in Ohio.

Kerlan Collection
A great children’s literature research collection. Includes author/illustrator checklists, exhibit information, research tools and more.

Children’s Literature Festival Gallery
A great collection of original children's book illustrations and working drawings located At Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire.

Eric Carle’s Museum of Picture Book Art
Dedicated to exploring the role of art in children’s literature from around the world. A great museum of original children's book art in Amherst, MA. There activities and programs for families and professionals.

MOCHA (Museum of Children’s Art)
Located in Oakland, California, MOCHA features children’s art as well as adults who illustrate for children.

Vermont Connections

clif children's literacy foundation
A non-profit organization that nurtures a love of reading and writing among children in Vermont and New Hampshire by bringing books and programs to communities

The Vermont Center for the Book helps adults with programs for children birth to grade 12 through reading discussion and hands-on activities. A unique program of promoting literacy in children by providing adults with materials and activities they can use to share with children. Great resource for librarians, teachers, caregivers with free activities to download. The Mother Goose Program is now used in over 30 states. I drew some geese for them and they game me my own beak!

Vermont Public Radio
Home site for Vermont Public Radio including news, music, schedules and arts calendar.

Frog Hollow-Vermont State Craft Center
Exhibits, descriptions, craft schools and more.

Shelburne Farms
All about Shelburne Farms, one of Vermont's treasure and a beautiful place to visit with or without the family. The Farm Barn looks more like a castle. Take a walk on the grounds, milk a cow, chase a chicken, walk to the top of Lone Tree Hill and look at an amazing view of mountains and lake. Their mission is one of teaching and stewardship of the land. A history and description, calendar of events, program descriptions and more.

Shelburne Museum
Another Vermont treasure. Grounds to explore with thirty nine buildings filled with art and Americana. Favorites for our family, the Ticonderoga, ride the carousel, and my favorite-- the miniature circus with almost 4,000 figures that was carved by Edgar Kirk from 1925-55. Forty years! It is amazing and just reopened in August 2008.

Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium
About the museum, program and exhibit descriptions and much more.

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
Visit the aquarium and science center on Lake Champlain when you are in Burlington, Vermont. A great resource with exhibits and activities. If you can't get there, you can go to there website and listen to a story.

Billings Farm and Museum
Another great place to visit with your family if you are in the Woodstock area.

Book Stores


Enter a zip code and see a list of area independent booksellers. Also includes book reviews, book lists and more.


Bear Pond Books – Montpelier
The Flying Pig – Charlotte
Northshire Bookstore – Manchester
Phoenix Books - Essex


The Red Balloon – St. Paul
Wild Rumpus – Minneapolis

New York

Hodge-Podge Books – Albany


Tattered Cover Book Store – Denver


Elliott Bay Book Store – Seattle
Books by the Way – Vashon Island