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Online Databases for Kids
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International Games Day
Hey kids! November 21, 2015 is International Games Day! Check out this site with lots of great games to play!

Make sure you've got a library card!

Newbery Award 2015 and the Runners-Up

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

2015 Medal Winner

Book cover - The Crossover
The Crossover
, written by Kwame Alexander and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Twelve-year-old narrator Josh Bell uses the rhythms of a poetry jam to emulate the "moving & grooving/popping and rocking" of life on the basketball court with his twin brother, J.B. This powerful novel in verse paints an authentic portrait of a closely-knit family on the brink of crisis. Swish! This book is nothing but net!


“Our 15-member committee worked diligently and thoughtfully to determine the 2015 Newbery Medal winner,” said Committee Chair Randall Enos. 



2015 Honor Books

El Deafo book cover image
El Deafo
, written by Cece Bell, illustrated by Cece Bell and published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS

In this insightful and humorous graphic novel memoir, Cece Bell portrays growing up with a giant hearing aid strapped to her chest. Themes of navigating a new school, sleepovers, finding a true friend and a first crush make this book universal in appeal. Bell shows that our differences are gifts that “can be turned into something amazing.”






Brown Girl Dreaming book cover
Brown Girl Dreaming,
 written by Jacqueline Woodson and published by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC

Jacqueline Woodson’s lyrical memoir chronicles the incidents and emotions she experienced as an African-American girl growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. Precise language magnifies moments and connects them to the larger historical narrative. Her elegant and evocative standalone poems weave a story about her development from a struggling reader and dreamer into a confident young woman and writer.




Come to Story Hour at the Library

Several of our public libraries hold fun story hours for kids. Check the Event Calendar or ask at your public library for the schedule. Pictured below is a group having fun listening to a story at the Rim Community Library in Heber-Overgaard:



Actor John Goodman said, “When I was young, we couldn't afford much. But, my library card was my key to the world.”

Please visit your library and see what doors of adventure await you to enter and explore.


Listen to the Author Mo Willems read his funny story "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!"
Notable Book Available as a Freading eBook

Read this eBook free through the Library District's subscription to  Freading eBooks.


The Children's Literature Assembly has released it's 2015 list of "Notable Children's Books in the English Language Arts". One of their top choices is Ava And Pip by Carol Weston. Intended for grades 4-7, its the charming story of two sisters; one outspoken and one shy, who learn about their relationship and eventually, learn how to stand up for each other.


- School Library Journal

Arizona Author Dianne White's Top Ten Picture Books Recommendations

In her interview with the Arizona Republic, Dianne White says children need to see the adults in their lives reading. If we want children to read they need to see it happening around them (Morrison, K, 2015). Dianne is a celebrated picture book author, poetry lover and teacher living in Gilbert, AZ. Here are her top ten picture books recommendations.

Bubba and Beau, Best Friends A Mama for Owen Tough Boris Kitten's First Full Moon Product Details
The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story Little Blue Truck Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold Product Details

Morrison, K. 15 Feb. 2015, Rythum and “Blue”: Writer uses poetry to teach kids. Arizona Republic

Great websites to check out!
Here are some newly recommended websites you might want to explore:
CBC Kids -
CBeebies -
Classics for Kids -
Kids in the House -
Learn. Genetics -
Learn. Genetics en Español -
Nourish Interactive in Spanish -
Sparky the Fire Dog –

Top 10 Kids Books Turned into Movies
Here is a list of "Top 10 Kids Books Turned into Movies" by Barbara Vandenburgh. Article featured in the Arizona Republic on Thursday, August 21, 2014, page D5.

10.  Hugo (2011)
 9.  The Witches (1990)
 8.  Alice in Wonderland (1951)
 7.  Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
 6.  The Never Ending Story (1984)
 5.  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
 4.  Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
 3.  The Iron Giant (1999)
 2.  The Wizard of Oz (1939)
 1.  Pinocchio (1940)

e-Books for e-Kids
If you haven't tried TumbleBooks, do it now!! Have great fun with these picture books and chapter books read for you online.
e-Books for e-Kids
TumbleBookLibrary is now iPad and Android compatible! Log in with your mobile device and click ok to launch the mobile site. No app is required!
Here's a book to try out on TumbleBooks:

Roberto the Insect Architect


Hey, Kids! Check out this list of the 25 top-selling kids' books
How many of these 25 titles have you read? The number after the title is how many copies were sold by the end of 2000.

1. The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey (Golden, 1942) 14,898,341

2. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (Frederick Warne, 1902) 9,380,274

3. Tootle by Gertrude Crampton (Golden, 1945) 8,560,277

4. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss (Random House, 1960) 8,143,088

5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (Scholastic/Levine, 2000) 7,913,765

6. Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt (Golden, 1940) 7,562,710

7. Saggy Baggy Elephant by Kathryn and Byron Jackson (Golden, 1947) 7,476,395

8. Scuffy the Tugboat by Gertrude Crampton (Golden, 1955) 7,366,073

9. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss (Random House, 1957) 7,220,982

10. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (Scholastic/Levine, 1999) 6,335,585

11. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (Scholastic/ Levine, 1999) 6,314,391

12. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (HarperCollins, 1974) 6,228,042

13. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss (Random House, 1960) 6,164,454

14. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (HarperCollins, 1964) 5,603,187

15. The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell (Children's Press/Ideals, 1946) 5,471,709

16. Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss (Random House, 1963) 5,420,890

17. Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss (Random House, 1990) 5,353,426

18. Dr. Seuss's ABC by Dr. Seuss (Random House, 1960) 5,187,656

19. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling (Scholastic/Levine, 1998) 5,087,304

20. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (Philomel, 1969) 4,849,704

21. The Children's Bible (Golden, 1965) 4,281,314

22. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein (HarperCollins, 1981) 4,269,048

23. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny by Beatrix Potter (Frederick Warne, 1904) 4,163,244

24. Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman (Random House, 1960) 4,135,762

25. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister (North-South, 1992) 4,082,500

TumbleBooks in Spanish
TumbleBooks son libros ilustrados animados, que hablan y enseñan a los niños la alegría de la lectura en un formato que les encantará. TumbleBooks se crea adoptando las ilustraciones de libros existentes con animaciones, sonidos, música y narración para producir un libro electronico de imágenes que usted puede leer, o que es leido a usted. En Español

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. In English

Featured Website
Funbrain Jr. ("A Fun Place to Learn") helps preschoolers and kindergarteners jumpstart their journey of learning with engaging games, stories and printables. Kids love playing and learning with Funbrain Jr., and you'll love that they're building math, early literacy and problem solving skills, while also developing important computer skills. Come discover this world - sit together and play, or let your little learner explore Funbrain Jr. independently - it's up to you!
Suggestions for eBooks
Read them through Freading eBooks.

The Berenstain Bears by Jan & Stan Berenstain

Charming stories geared to pre-schoolers with wonderful illustrations. Each book holds a lesson so they are educational as well! "Storytime Treasury", "The Big Book of Science and Nature", and "Soccer Star" are just a few of the Bear's adventures that are available for reading right now!


The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng

Lets readers into the life of Anna, an intelligent fourth grader who does not hang out with the "popular" crowd, is embarrassed by her Chinese mother who does not speak English, and tries to bury her concerns by keeping her nose in books such as "A Wrinkle In Time" and "My Side of The Mountain" at all times. She eventually learns that she can't read about how to make friends. (Ages 6-9)

"This novel is a treasure to share with every middle- grade reader you know" -The New York Times


"Readers are left to discover the extraordinary within the ordinary, and to witness how kindness can draw trust and create confidence in the hesitant child"

- School Library Journal


Theodosia and The Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers

The story is a part of a series available on Freading. Theodosia is the clever, spirited daughter of an often absent archaeologist and a career obsessed museum worker. She spends most of her time in the museum where he father works and has her own room there. In this installment, her mother brings home an important and cursed artifact from a dig, and Theodosia finds herself in the middle of a mystery. (ages 9-12)

"A combination of Nancy Drew and Indiana Jones"

-School Library Journal" 


Caught Reading in the Library!

Preschool Exercise
Note: If you cannot see the video in Internet Explorer 9, try clicking on the Filter Content icon  or the Compatibility View icon  at the top of the browser.

Sesame StreetCookie Monster in the Library: Watch this Sesame Street video.

62 Magical Facts About . . .Harry Potter
Harry Potter's birthday is July 31, the same day as his creator, J.K. Rowling. Click here for those 62 magical facts about the series.

Electronic-only Poetry Anthology For Kids at Amazon & Barnes & Noble
PoetryTagSylvia Vardel, Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas, and poet Janet Wong, have compiled the first ever, electronic-only poetry anthology featuring top poets for children (ages birth-8). PoetryTagTime, available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble, for 99 cents, is a collection of 30 new, unpublished poems, ranging from the humorous to serious, about tongues, turtles, and toenails, in acrostics, quatrains, and free verse, written by 30 of the best children's poets. Top talents such as Jack Prelutsky, Joyce Sidman, Carole Boston Weatherford, and Pat Mora, took part in an inventive game of tag, culminating in this collection of connected poems. In the creation of PoetryTagTime, each poet "tagged" another poet and explained how her/his poem connects with a previous poet's offering, in a chain of poets, poems, and play. For more information, visit

SeussvilleVisit Seussville (please click here)!

WhyvilleWhyville is a virtual world where boys and girls from all over the real world come to chat, play, learn, and have fun together. You design your face, earn clams by playing games, hang out at the beach, and go to town events at the Greek Theater. You can start your own business, buy a car and give your friends a ride, or write for the town newspaper.
Time for Kids
A news magazine for children, this site covers current events and sports, and it offers challenging games.
Weekly Reader
An online educational magazine with content geared to different grade levels.
National Geographic World
National Geographic's online magazine for children with articles, cartoons, and games.
Ranger Rick
This on-line version of a popular children's magazine offers homework help, articles and activities.
Cricket Magazine Group!
Website for the Cricket Magazine Group that includes: Cricket, Spider, Ladybug and Babybug.
For children in grades 4-8, this electronic magazine explores environmental education.
Crank It Up! - Kids can compose and record multilayered rhythms using pots, pans, wooden spoons and even the computer keyboard to create a masterpiece. all ages.
Scratch - Create movies, music and video games at Scratch, developed by MIT Media Lab members. Ages 8 and up. - Kids write, read and tell stories by creating comic strips online, then printing & e-mailing them to friends or relatives. All ages.
Fidgit on - Fidgit is a multiplayer game on PBS' Design Squad site. Kids can also design & build their own games & challenge their friends. Ages 8 to 13.
Story Cove - Children can listen to or watch a story unfold on this site. Story Cove folktales come from a variety of cultures and places. They share timeless values and simple, universal lessons. Family Channel - Family Programming Section of the popular movie and TV show streaming site. Hooda Math is all about making math fun. Visit the games page to play math games which help reinforce math concepts. Watch a tutorial to learn math concepts. From Family Fun magazine...lots of crafts and holiday ideas. PBS site for kids that includes learning games, paint box, and links to PBS shows.
Yahoo internet games- Links to internet interactive games., is an interactive website providing children with the virtual experience of going to a library. StoryPlace currently consists of two libraries, the Preschool Library and the Elementary Library.
Best History Websites- History portal created for students, educators, and history enthusiasts CNN site for students and teachers with lots of homework resources and current events program support.
History Net- Historical information and access to history related online publications
Presidents of the U.S.- Resource on U.S. Presidents created by Internet Public Library
Stately Knowledge- Information about each of the 50 states, facts, and historical dates
Time for Kids- News magazine for children covering current events and sports.
Ask Dr. Universe- From Washington State University...answers questions on many topics.
Ask Jeeves for Kids- Search engine that uses natural language algorithms. Also searches Yahooligans and Education World.
Awesome Library- Over 17, 000 on-line resources organized by topic in 5 languages.
Fact Monster- Almanac, dictionary, and encyclopedia from Information Please Almanac
High School Ace- Detailed reference collection with monthly features.
Homework Spot- Links by subject for all ages.
Zoom School- On line classroom.

MATH For elementary and middle school...flash cards, metric conversion, multiplication tables, etc.

READING AND WRITING Great lists of books of all genres
Children's Book Council Spelling games for elementary children Reading suggestions, games, and activities

Enchanted Learning- Information about animals and habitat Ask a scientist archives for elementary age
National Geographic World- Web resources for science experiments
Your Science Fair Project Guide- Web resources for science experiments