4th & 5th Booktalking Flyer

These are the great, new books for 4th & 5th Grade that we shared when we visited your school.

2nd & 3rd Booktalking Flyer

These are the exciting books for 2nd and 3rd Grade that we shared when we visited your school.

K & 1 Booktalking Flyer

These are the great books for Kindergarten and 1st Grade that we shared when we visited your school.

Great Websites for Kids

 Looking for fun and educational websites for kids? The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), which is a division of the American Library Association, just launched a fantastic, newly-designed resource: Great Websites for Kids

The site compiles exemplary websites geared to children from birth to age 14 and are selected by a committee of librarians from around the country. To help narrow down the many choices and select only the best of the best, the committee uses the following guidelines (adapted from the Great Websites for Kids Selection Criteria): 

 

 

How to Tell if You Are Looking at a Great Website

  • Author/Sponsorship: Who Put Up the Site?
  • Purpose: Every Site Has a Reason for Being There.
  • Design and Stability: A Great Site Has Personality and Strength of Character.
  • Content: A Great Site Shares Meaningful and Useful Content that Educates, Informs, or Entertains.

Monkey Quest

Hey kids, have you seen the new virtual world, multi-player online game (MMOG) called Monkey Quest just released by Nikelodeon?? It's great! You can create your own monkey avatar, explore all sorts of locations and interact with other characters as you unlockl the secrets of the lost Monkey King on the mysterious island of Ook. Mokey Quest is free to play, but if you want the enhanced features (secret access to areas and activities) then you've got to pay to play. It looks like a console game, but is web-based and kids actually participated in the creation of the game!

Rated E for Everyone

iKids Create Self-Portraits

The iKids have been busy honing their tech skills in this weekly registered class. For every first session our techy tweens make avatars for their very own Darien Library accounts. Check out these kid-friendly websites where you can design an avatar.

Build Your Wild Self 

Mii Creator

ArtisanCam

On ArtisanCam kids can explore the work of contemporary artist Julian Opie. Once the portrait is created it can be included in the online gallery.  


Click!

Click is a great site inspired by the equally great magazine!  Have fun playing with the online games, the printable projects to play offline and check out their great monthly booklists for further exploration. This site (and magazine) is definitely for you if you are a curious kid!

Ekoloko - Kids Save the World!

I came across this link to a game new game called Ekoloko and spent some time playing around in it.  There are some really cool things about it, but I have to warn you, you'll need a little patience as you figure out how to move around in the world and play the games. Accounts are free, but you'll need to get your parents' permission first.

Ekoloko is a new virtual world where kids can chat & play games with friends AND take care of the environment! The world is gorgeously colored, the graphics relaly stand out.  And a neat feature for all your bi-lingual types out there, it is available in Hebrew and English!  If you like playing Club Penguin, but are ready for a greater challenge, give Ekoloko a try!

FunBrain

Hey kids, not only does FunBrain.com have awesome smart games, but did you know you can actually read the entire 1st Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney for FREE on it? Seriously, just click the arrow to turn the pages!  Have you ever done a MadLib before? In MabLibs Junior you choose or create your own adjectives, verbs and nouns that get put into super silly and fun stories!

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