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  Start searching Kid's Edition - K12 (K12K)KIDS EDITON K-12

Formerly PrimaryTOM, this periodical database is designed for elementary school students, with easy access to full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.    

Grove Art Online is available to C/W MARS library patrons in member libraries and from home (enter your library card number to log in). Grove Art Online provides web access to the entire text of The Dictionary of Art and The Oxford Companion to Western Art.
Science Online is available to C/W MARS library patrons in member libraries and from home (enter your library card number to log in). Science Online contains biographies, definitions, diagrams, essays, experiments, and timelines from a broad range of scientific disciplines.
Find the perfect book...

Book Hive
Great booklists organized by category and reading level brought to you by the Public Libsitesrary of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. You can search their site for books too.


Caldecott Medal
Awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Current and past winners are available at this site.

Coretta Scott King Book Award
An award (or awards) is given to an African American author and an African American illustrator for an outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution given by the American Library Association.


Juvenile Series and Sequels – Books in series or sequence for kids and teens

Reading lists, series books, classic titles and the newest titles all are part of along with trivia games, contests, author interviews and author biographical information.


Massachusetts Children's Book Award


Newbery Medal
Awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished American book for children. Current and past winners are available at this site.

Novelist (library card required for access)
Discover the fiction titles that are popular with young readers as well as titles to use in your classroom.

"What's Next Database of Kent District Library"  - Books in Series and lots more!

Fun Stuff
  ALA Great Web Sites for Kids
Internet guide of child-safe sites selected by a committee of the American Library Association.

Arthur's family and friends share their favorite books and offer trading cards and coloring pages.

Contains activities to play, create and learn new things, photos, facts, and doll information for collectors.

Bob the Builder
Enjoy playing games with Bob and his friends!

Children's songs from camp, parties, TV, and the nursery. Search for lyrics.

Captain Underpants
Games, riddles and more from the creator of Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey.

Cartoon Network
Learn about your favorite cartoons and play games.

Children and Nature Network

The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working worldwide to reconnect children with nature. C&NN provides access to the latest news and research in the field and a peer-to-peer network of researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to children's health and well-being.

Math games, fun math lessons, puzzles and brain benders, flash cards for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, geometry and more.

Print out coloring sheets, make your own cards and more.

Discovery Kids
Shows, games and more.

Disney Playhouse
Play games, watch videos, find fun printable activities and more starring your favorite characters.

Fact Monster
A free reference site for students, teachers, and parents. Get homework help and find facts on thousands of subjects. From Information Please®.

Figure This
Provides an assortment of mathematical challenges based on real life situations.

Online educational games for kids of all ages.

Tons of fun, creative activities, games, jokes, trivia, and you might even learn something!

IPL KidSpace
A searchable, subject-categorized directory of authoritative websites just for kids.

Junie B. Jones
Provides information about the books, activities, author interview and a trivia quiz.

Fun games, puzzles, coloring pages and more.
An online entertainment and learning portal just for kids. Check out all the latest kids games and kids activities.

Learning Planet
provides a treasure-chest of fun learning activities, educational games, printable worksheets, and powerful tools designed for homeschool family, and classroom use.

Play Lego games and learn about new Lego toys, games, and movies!

Magic School Bus
Join Ms. Frizzle and her class as they explore the world at the official site from Scholastic Inc.

National Geographic Kids
Features different people, animals, and places each month with facts, games, activities, and related links.

Check out favorite your Nickelodeon shows including Sponge Bob Squarepants, Hey Arnold, Rug Rats and more. Also has hot games, cool jokes and celebrity gossip.

Owl Kids
Puzzles, quizzes, jokes and more.

PBS Kids
Site of Arthur, Barney, Caillou, Clifford, Sesame Street, Teletubbies and more. Play over 100 games, hear your favorite theme songs, and read interactive stories.

Play games, enter contests, read book reviews and more. Headquarters of Clifford the Big Red Dog, Harry Potter, Captain Underpants, and Magic School Bus.

Spark Top
Activity-based site for kids. Paint pictures, write stories and poems, and talk to other kids with difficulties.

Online storytime and reading activities from the KidSpace site at Internet Public Library.

Storyline Online
Watch and listen to famous people reading children's books aloud.

Online stories, games and activities, reading lists and more. From the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County.

World Almanac for Kids
Facts, games and helpful stuff for kids ages 8 and up.

Yahoo! Kids
Features fun and educational resources for kids with games, animals, music, jokes, movies, news, astrology, TV, science, e-cards, reference, and more.


Internet Safety

  Internet Safety Quiz
Safe searching advice from the Chicago Public Library.

Online resource with interactive activities and games teaching children, teens, parents & educators safety on the Internet.

Contains information about the dangers of children using the internet. Rules, advice, and tips relating to child security and the web.

SafeKids Quiz
Take this quiz to show that you know how to be a safe Internet surfer.

Especially for Preschoolers...
Color pictures with BJ, sing along to Barney songs with Baby Bop, or play and learn games with Barney.

Boowa & Kwala
Children's music plus great illustrated stories. A preschool activity center with over 500 games for kids aged up to six.

Count Us In
Games designed to help children understand basic number concepts.

Curious George
Fun-filled activities are for children ages 3 and up with Curious George.

Dora the Explorer
Join Dora and her band of animal friends as she journeys through the Spooky Forest, Crocodile Lake, and other exciting places.

Educational games sorted by school grade. Play online, download, or print out games.

Fun with Spot
Includes games, activities, and printable coloring pages featuring Spot and his friends.

Grow Up Reading
A great website from West Bloomfield Township Public Library featuring book lists and activities for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, tips on book selection and reading aloud, month by month activities to prepare children in the year before they start kindergarten and more.

Humphrey Bear
Read, write, sing and play with Australia's Humphrey Bear.

Kaboose Funschool: Preschool Games
Tons of interactive games and activities for preschoolers.

Nick Jr.
Nickelodeon's site for preschoolers and their grown-ups featuring Dora the Explorer, Bob the Builder, Blue's Clues, and Rubbadubbers.

Play games, check show times, and check in on Bert and Ernie, Franklin, Miffy and the gang.

Sesame Street
Games, stories, music, free printable coloring pages and more.

Features games based on Dr. Seuss's books.

Starfall Learn to Read
A free website to teach children to read. Perfect for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. Contains exciting interactive books and phonics games.

StoryPlace Pre-School
Full of great activities for you to explore.

Play games and activities featuring the popular Teletubbies.

Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends
Enjoy games and activities with Thomas and his friends.

The Wiggles
Official site for this Australian band that entertains young children across the world. Includes song clips, TV schedule, games, and coloring sheets.

Recommended Search Engines:
  Ask for Kids
Easy and kid-friendly searching. Just ask a question.

Awesome Library
Organizes over 23,000 carefully reviewed K-12 education resources for kids. Contains a directory, an index, and a search engine. Available in Spanish or English.

Provides categorized subject links and child-safe filtered Internet search results.

Fact Hound
Cool sites and books arranged by grade and subject.

Family Source
Searches over 1 million kid-friendly URLs.

This Web directory was created by librarians from the Ramapo Catskill Library System in New York state.

Kid's Search Tools
Provides a page of search input boxes from web search engines that have compiled and/or screened sites for content appropriate to children.

Yahoo! Kids
Find games, homework help or entertainment sites.


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