Language Arts
Literature and Interactive Stories

CandleLight Stories
An interactive environment for children to read stories. Large, illustrated buttons make choosing where to go easy for children of all ages. Includes the classics like Mother Goose and Alice in Wonderland, as well as original stories from contributing authors and illustrators.

Theodore's Surprise Friend
This site is part of the same operation as public broadcasting's Theodore Tugboat. Besides this online story, check out the Theodore Tugboat Online Activity Center which includes interactive stories, an online coloring book, and the chance to listen to Theodore stories (using Real Audio).

Ika's Stories
Choose English, Spanish or German, then enter the fairy tale world of Ika Bremer. Bla-bla asks you to select from eight interactive stories, where you click your way through clues and choose forks in the story. Very engaging! Try the Wacky Planets as a whole class activity.

WebTime Stories with Webster the Spider for Little Webcrawlers
The children's section has wonderful illustrated stories by Barbara Taylor Webster that kids can relate to.

Tellitagan Children's Stories
Thirty to thirty-five page stories, each page with 1-3 captions (with linked audio files) plus b/w line drawings that can be colored on-screen and sent to any Windows printer. Also has online version of Jack and the Beanstalk using RealAudio.

Tales of Wonder
This archive of folk and fairy tale stories represents a small sampling of the rich storytelling art that is the common heritage of humanity. Stories from many parts of the world are included here.

Tales to Tell
Tales to Tell includes sections such as: Rhymes & Nonsense, Fables & Animal Stories, Stories from Everywhere, Heroes & Adventure. Is part of a larger site,

NFB Kids: The Prince and I
The National Film Board (NFB) of Canada wants to help kids of all ages enjoy their WWW experience by learning while having fun. Tons of Web activities by audience, e.g., K-6, parents. Be sure to check out the Reading Coach with its three kinds of fun: rhyme time (What word rhymes with the picture in the box?), scrambled words (As you drag letters into place, a picture of the word appears.), and magic squares (You rearrange squares to make a picture, then type the word.) Great for building spatial reasoning skills. Activities increase in difficulty for higher grade levels.

Dave's ESL Cafe On The Web
Where Learning English is Fun!
Rich site for ESL/EFL students and teachers from around the world with tons of language activities you can adapt for beginning reading. Check out the idioms and quotes, especially if you are working with English-as-a-Second-Language students.

Children's Storybooks Online
Big picture button links take readers to beautifully illustrated online stories.


Jan Brett's Home Page
You'll find everything from trolls to armadillos on this author/illustrator's page.

Eric Carle's Home Page
For fans of the famous author/illustrator and his books.

Dr. Seuss's Seussville
Games, information, and fun from the publisher of the Dr. Seuss books! Also visit the online collection of the Dr. Seuss books long with stories about the author's life.

Marc Brown
Marc Brown Biography --Author/Illustrator of Arthur Books with a link to Authur's Home Page.

Magic School Bus Page
What are Ms. Frizzle and her class doing now?

Berenstain Bear Country
Welcome to Berenstain Bear Country! Slide your mouse around Bear Country to find hidden destinations, or use the Table of Contents to the left. Have fun.

Just for Kids Who Love Books
This is a wonderful collection of authors and books for children of all ages. The list is upadated on a regular basis.

Showcase for Students' Work

The Freezer
Writing contest for elementary aged children. Work reminds you of things children would tack on the refrigerator. "Hall of Fame" archives winners (aged 7-14).

Kids' Space
Adorable site with books by kids for kids. International kids space (language can be switched to Japanese). There are books of pictures (by theme such as scenery or animals) where kids can add words and also stories for kids to illustrate. The elaborate illustrations are slow to download.

Reading Rainbow: Young Writers and Illustrators Contest Winners (K-3)
Award-winning stories written by children, organized by grade level, K-4. Large text and small, quick-loading pages make these stories easy to read.

Reading Related Activities

Little Explorer's Dictionary
Enchanted Learning has created a great picture dictionary with links.

Kids At Random
A site for young readers. Here you will find links to contests, special offers, newsbooks they have just published, book reviews by kids, and more. the SuperSite for Kids™
Super site opens with music, offering hundreds of Web-based activities for kids. Some, programmed by the staff, are simple Java applet games. Others, like NASA's Basic Aircraft Design page ("BAD-Web"), connect kids to the outside. The site has a resource fork for parents and teachers, including Language Arts curriculum supplements with spelling, vocabulary, sentence structure and stories for ages 4 and up. The Mother Goose pages have tips for parents on reading nursery rhymes with children. With ABC Choo-Choo kids can get a train chugging by spelling words correctly. And, for nerds with words, who have time to make a rhyme, try the addictive "Kids' Crambo" - where you answer a question with a rhyme. A great site!

Berit's Best Sites for Children
Select links to hundreds of sites for kids. Categories include: Just for Fun, Kids on the Net, Creatures Great and Small, Serious Stuff, and more. One of the richest launchpads on the Net.

The American Library Association (ALA) Resources for Parents and Kids
The ALA is the oldest, largest, most influential library association in the world. This page provides several resources for parents and students, including: "The Librarian's Guide to Cyberspace for Parents and Kids", "Cool Sites for Kids", and "Notable Books for Children". Users can also link to the "50+ Great Sites for Kids and Parents", as voted by librarians who work with children and the Web every day.

Fun Stuff for Kids
This is a great launching pad to many of the best educational sites on the Web, including: The Froggy Page, The Exploratorium, Seusville, The Muppets Home Page, Theodore Tugboat, Silly Billy's World School of Computer Art, The White House for Kids, and dozens more. Start here when you have a weekend free!

Newberry and Caldecott Book Awards
These sites list award winners from current and previous years with a brief synopsis of each book

Kid's Web
Digital library for school kids. Part of Syracruse University's Living Schoolbook Project, site includes online books, creative-writing sites, fairy tales, lots of links. The storytelling celebrates oral tradition and folklore as told by professionals and students and links to other www storytelling resources. Materials are also on CD-ROM for sites with no or slow Internet access..

Schools Online with Language Arts Resources

Arbor Heights School
Seattle, Washington school with 24+ items on a graphical map. Check out the "Cool Writer's Magazine" and also the third grade's "Top Ten List" which includes links to sites that appeal to children of that age, e.g., Snoopy's Doghouse.
Note: Comic strips are a great tool for teaching beginning reading, because the illustrated context is there to help with word recognition!

Highland Park Online
Excellent site that integrates technology and learning. Check out the kindergarten original verses to "Down By the Bay" or the artwork second graders created to illustrate the book "If" by Sarah Perry. See home pages from teachers on staff, e.g., Mrs. Hull's Kindergarten.

Oak View Elementary School
Well laid-out site with "Parents Page", "Teachers Page," and "Kids Page" with links to interesting things on the WWW that are cool for kids, K-6 as well as examples of children's work like the first graders' study of the rain forest. Dozens of poems and original artwork.Your students could do something similar with cats or frogs or any other animal that peaks their interest!

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