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This 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.

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Children's Books:

  • Featured Books
    Great books for kids with reviews, activities, links to related books and subjects on this site and links to other online resources.
  • All Reviewed Children's Books
    This section has all the featured books above plus many more recommended books. We have reviewed each of them and linked them to related areas of this site. This list is arranged by title, author, and grade level.

Subjects in Children's Books:

  • Curriculum Areas
    We've taken subjects such as MATH and HISTORY and integrated them with the language arts and other areas of the curriculum. Here you'll find recommended children's books, activities and approaches for the curriculum areas. (For more professional topics see the Professional Resources section below.)
  • Themes and Other Subjects
    Ideas for themes, topics and other subjects around which to focus class work, research projects, and discussion groups. Naturally, these subjects overlap with the above curriculum areas. Each subject, such as Trains or Colonial America, contains children's book titles, activities, and links to related areas of this site.

Professional Resources:

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    Language arts topics such as Children's Literature, Reading and Writing, with articles, classroom activities, professional book excerpts and links to related Internet resources.
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    Professional books on using children's literature in the classroom, historical fiction picture books and novels. If you've always wondered how to keep up with our latest professional and children's fiction book releases and where to obtain books and other products; here's the place.

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In Times Past
an eBook
by Carol Hurst and Rebecca Otis

Integrating US History with Literature in Grades 3-8.

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Enliven your US History curriculum!

Teach US History using great kids books.

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