Books & Authors

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Reading Comprehension

  • Book Adventure
    A FREEreading motivation program for children in grades K-8. Children create their own book lists from over 6,000 recommended titles, take multiple choice quizzes on the books they've read offline, and earn points and prizes. Students should not register for this, or any site, without parent or teacher permission.
  • Reading Comprehension Connection
    Select a topic: Vocabulary in context sentences; Reading for understanding; Reading strategy and a skill level, then complete some selected response questions to practice your skills.

Online Books

  • The Internet Public Library- StoryTime
    Read some interesting stories online! Some are narrated, others you will need to read yourself. Do these stories give you any ideas for books of your own?
  • Storyline Online
    Hear famous people reading different stories with great expression. Stories include Private I. Iguana, Brave Irene, Knots on a Counting Rope and many more.
  • National Geographic Explorer Online Magazine
    Each month this online magazine has new interesting games, articles and online adventures! Read to learn about some exciting topics like nature, wild animals, and other countries.

Book Reviews and Recommendations

  • Book Hive
    This site, created by public librarians in North Carolina, lists good children's books arranged categorically. The lists provide an overview of the book, its intended audience, and reviews.
  • Teacher's First- 100 Best Books for Kids
    Here is a list of one hundred books selected by the National Education Association as great reading for children and young people. For more reading ideas - including books grouped by theme and grade level - check out the hundreds of titles inthe suggested readingsection.


  • Judy Blume- Official Website
    Learn biographical information and about the different books written by Judy Blume. Be sure to visit the kid's page to learn about where Judy Blume got her ideas for many of her books.
  • Betsy Byars
    Read about this Newbery award-winning author of The Summer of the Swans, The TV Kid, and many other books. This site includes pictures and tips for young writers.
  • The World of Beverly Cleary
    This site includes biographical information, character sketches, online quizzes about different books/characters and much more! Very engaging and easy to navigate.
  • Priscilla Cummings Basic biographical information about the native Marylander and author of the Chadwick the Crab books.
  • Virginia Hamilton Learn more about the author and the books she has written.
  • Katherine Paterson- Official Website
    Learn about the author of Bridge to Terabithia and find out about other books she has written. Contact information is included on the page.
  • Bill Peet
    Interesting information about author, illustrator Bill Peet. Learn about how his life experiences influenced his writing. Site includes a lot of text & some difficult vocabulary.
  • Phyllis Reynolds-Naylor
    Clear, concise information from Phyllis Reynolds Naylor about her life and the events that influenced the writing of several of her books, including Shilo.
  • Lemony Snicket
    Visit this funny site to learn more about the author of these hilarious books based on some unfortunate events! Enjoy (or, don't enjoy, as Lemony Snicket would say!)
  • Chris VanAllsburg
    Read this transcript of a great interview with Chris VanAllsburg to learn about where he gets his ideas, how he uses imagery, and what he thinks about the movie made from his book Jumanji.