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May 21, 2020

This is where I put links to sites that I think might be of interest to Village School families. The focus is on reading and technology usage.

Book Recommendations

Children's Book CouncilEvery two years, the ALA-Children’s Book Council (CBC) Joint Committee, with cooperation from ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee, partner to create free Building a Home Library lists. These lists — organized by age groups from 0 to 14 — include tried-and-true classics, under-the-radar gems, multicultural books, and notable new reads.

Cooperative Children's Book Center - School of Education University of Wisconsin Madison - There are thousands of new books published for children and young adults each year, and tens of thousands available through public and school libraries, or for purchase at bookstores, at any given time. The CCBC helps librarians, teachers, child care providers and others navigate the abundance of choices to locate the best books possible to meet their needs.

International Reading AssociationInternational Reading Association - Each year, thousands of children, young adults, teachers, and librarians around the United States select their favorite recently published books for the “Choices” reading lists. These lists are used in classrooms, libraries, and homes to help young readers find books they will enjoy.

Resources for Family Engagement from the Library of Congress - The Library of Congress invites you and your family to participate in activities, inspired by the their collections, programs, and expertise.

Media and Tech

Common Sense MediaCommon Sense Media - You know your kids. They know media and tech. Together we can build a digital world where our kids can thrive. Families and teachers everywhere trust Common Sense for expert reviews, objective advice, helpful tools, and so much more. Your trusted guide for a fast-changing world.Media and technology are at the center of kids' lives every day. From a very young age, kids use technology at home and at school to connect with friends and family and to document their lives and create digital content of their own. With more and more of life happening online, what catches kids' attention isn't always what's best for them, and what companies do with their personal information isn't always clear.

The Internet and Online Safety

American Association of School LibrariansAmerican Association of School Librarians - Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2019- The 2019 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. Sites recognized are free web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.

American Library Association (ALA)Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) - Especially for Young People and Their Parents - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is the world's largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. From creative programming and best practices to continuing education and professional connections—ALSC members are innovators in the field of children's library service.