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Librarians Recommended Children's Audio Books

A site that has links to six audio books as well as many links to popular children's books arranged by category, monthly themes and favorites. The Best Sites for Free Audio Books offers a list of websites that have free audio books for download, as well as brief descriptions of each website and what is available. Books and Authors

AdLit: Books & Authors is a part of, WETA's Adolescent Literacy Web site. Books & Authors offers themed booklists for young adults, exclusive author video interviews, and guided discussions for specific books.

ALA Children Awards

The American Library Association lists award-winning books, print and media for children and young adults, and links to pages with more information about these resources.

ALA: Every Child Ready to Read

The Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children have incorporated the latest research into a series of parent and caregiver workshops designed to provide public libraries with vital tools to help prepare parents for their critical role as their child's first teacher. These tools were developed by Dr. Grover C. Whitehurst and Dr. Christopher Lonigan, well-known researchers in emergent literacy, and have been tested and refined by library demonstrations sites around the country.

Américas Award

The Américas Award is given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) published in the previous year in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States. The award is sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP).

American Association of School Librarians

AASL works to ensure that all members of the school library media field collaborate to provide leadership in the total education program, participate as active partners in the teaching/learning process, connect learners with ideas and information, and prepare students for life-long learning, informed decision-making, a love of reading, and the use of information technologies.

American Library Association

The American Library Association provides leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

Association for Library Service to Children

The Association for Library Service to Children develops and supports the profession of children's librarianship by enabling and encouraging its practitioners to provide the best library service to our nation's children.

Author Website: Alma Flor Ada

Alma Flor Ada's colorful author Website links to books in both English and Spanish that she has written for children and educators. She suggests ways for educators to help children to connect to her literature, for example by creating an Author's Study or writing responses to her books.

Author Website: Jacqueline Jules

Jacqueline Jules, a children's author and school librarian, highlights her stories on her Web site with the help of book trailers, teacher guides, videos, and some interactive games.

Author Website: Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera is an author, artist, poet, and playwright who has written and illustrated a number of bilingual children's and young adult books, including Calling the Doves/El Canto de las Palomas and Downtown Boy.

Author Website: Lulu Delacre

Lulu Delacre is an acclaimed Puerto Rican author and illustrator who has published numerous children's books, including Rafi and Rosi, Salsa Stories, and The Storyteller's Candle: La velita de los cuentos.

Author Website: Maya Christina Gonzalez

Maya Christina Gonzalez is an artist who has illustrated and written a number of colorful bilingual children's books, including My Colors, My World/Mis Colores, Mi Mundo and a number of poetry collections by Francisco X. Alarcón.

Author Website: Monica Brown

Monica Brown is an award-winning multicultural children's book author and also publishes scholarly work with a Latino focus.

Author Website: Pam Muñoz Ryan

A site for readers curious about Pam Muñoz Ryan and her works.

Author Website: Pat Mora

Pat Mora's author Web site gives information about her bilingual books for adults, young adults, and children. She coined the word "Bookjoy" and promotes a children's book day called "Día" all year long through the American Library Association.

Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish: Books About Latino Culture

The Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents at California State University, San Marcos has created a database of recommended books (in English) about Latino culture. The site has a sorting feature so users can sort by grade level, age, setting, or publisher.

Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish: Books in Spanish

The Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents at California State University, San Marcos has created a database of books in Spanish. Search features include grade, country of origin, and topic.

Barefoot Books: Educational Resources

These activities, worksheets, and ideas from Barefoot Books encourage children to explore the world around them in creative ways.

Bringing up Baby Bilingual Blog

Website with many links to research, articles and useful links to support bilingual language development.

Center for the Book (Library of Congress)

On behalf of books and reading, the Center for the Book serves as an advocate, a catalyst, and a source of ideas — both nationally and internationally. Its major themes and projects are reading and literacy promotion, the role of books and reading in today's society, the international role of books, the recognition and celebration of America's literary heritage, and the history of books and print culture.

Children's Book Press: Educational Resources

Children's Book Press offers resources for educators, teachers, librarians, parents, and caregivers that can be used with their multicultural books, including teacher's guides, classroom units, and heritage celebration ideas.

Children's Literature Connection

The Children's Literature Connection is an organization dedicated to the advancement of children's literature. Goals include encouraging networking and collaboration among writers, illustrators, teachers, librarians, booksellers, publishers, editors, parents, and others, and strengthening the connection between the people who create children's books and the people who use them.

Cinco Puntos Press

Cinco Puntos Press publishes a variety of titles for children, teens, and adults, many of which originate in the Southwestern United States. Their titles include many bilingual books, CDs, early readers, and folktales.

Cuentos y Más

Celebrate the joy of reading with Cuentos y Más, a dynamic show offered by the Arlington Public Library in Arlington, VA and winner of the Outstanding Children's Program award by the Virginia Public Library Directors Association. The program features the talented and engaging bilingual storyteller Mariela Aguilar, who tells stories in English and Spanish and then visits places in the community such as the library. Produced for television, the program is now available as an online video for free viewing.

DC Public Library: Booklists for Teens

The DC Public Library offers suggested booklists for teens sorted by different categories, such as graphic novels, humor, faith, and fantasy.


Since its inception in 1991, the George Lucas Educational Foundation has been documenting, disseminating, and advocating for exemplary programs in K-12 public schools to help these practices spread nationwide.

El Día de los niños/El Día de los libros

This section of Pat Mora's website offers information on how she founded the celebration, as well as updates on how libraries around the country celebrate the holiday each year on April 30th.

English/Spanish Library Vocabulary

Fairfax County Library in VA provides a thorough list of common English/Spanish Library vocabulary and some useful phrases as well.

Family Night Fun Programs

These parent and child programs were designed by educators at the Pennsylvania Center for the Book to be used by professionals who are training parents or caregivers to support young children's literacy learning.

IGUANA Magazine

IGUANA is a Spanish-language magazine published for kids aged 7 to 12. Each issue is filled with stories, games, puzzles, interviews with prominent Latinos, recipes, project ideas, jokes, articles and more!

International Children's Digital Library

This digital library hosts a collection of books from around the world. Ultimately, this organization hopes to have every culture and language represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children's literature available from the world community.

International Reading Association

The International Reading Association is a professional membership organization dedicated to promoting high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction, disseminating research and information about reading, and encouraging the lifetime reading habit. IRA members include classroom teachers, reading specialists, consultants, administrators, supervisors, university faculty, researchers, psychologists, librarians, media specialists, and parents.

José-Luis Orozco: Spanish Children's Music

José-Luis Orozco is an author and recording artist whose work draws upon the rich heritage of the Spanish-speaking world. Through his music, José-Luis has sought to expose a wider audience to Spanish-language children's traditions and promote Latin American culture. These cds are excellent tools for young children.

Latin Baby Book Club Blog

The Latin Baby Book Club Blog was created to provide parents with suggested reading for their families and to help children develop pride for their Latin culture through education and literature. The blog also strives to support Hispanic authors through monthly interviews and reviews of bilingual young adult and children's books.

LD OnLine Booklists

LD Online a number of booklists that feature books for children with learning disabilities or ADHD. Titles include fiction and non-fiction, as well as guides for students on learning how to manage a learning disability.


Lectorum offers an English and a Spanish-language Web site for consumers to purchase adult and children's Spanish-language books online.

Lee & Low

Lee & Low is an independent children's book publisher focusing on diversity. It is the company's mission to meet the need for stories that all children can identify with and enjoy. Lee & Low also now includes the Children's Book Press imprint.

Lee & Low: Arcoiris Spanish Books

Arcoiris is Lee & Low's Spanish-language publishing division. Arcoiris offers a wide range of children's books in Spanish, including a number of books from non-Spanish-speaking cultures and traditions.

Media Spectrum: Reading Interest Survey

Survey about reading from The Journal for Library Media Specialists.

NAEYC: Family Brochures

These brochures for parents cover a variety of topics concerning the education of young children, from providing the best care to finding the right toys. Some are also available in Spanish. The brochures are available for purchase for a minimal fee from the online store of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

New York Public Library: E-books & Audiobooks Collection

This website allows New York Public Library users to browse the system's free online collection of audiobooks, e-books, video, and more. While users must have a NYPL card to access the database, it offers a helpful example of the kinds of resources that more libraries are using. Audiobooks are also available in Spanish.

New York Public Library: Kids Section

Links to the "Kids Reading" section of the website. Includes links to online e-books for kids and helpful links for parents and educators.

New York Public Library: Teen Section

Links to the "Teen Link" webpage, which includes free music and video downloads, homework help, and online recordings of teens sharing their thoughts.

Notes from the Horn Book

Notes from the Horn Book, a free monthly e-newsletter, is perfect for parents, teachers, and anyone else looking for good new books for children and young adults. Written by the editors of the distinguished Horn Book Magazine, it is full of news, reviews, and interviews with noteworthy authors and artists.

Parents' Choice: Chicano and Chicana Books for Everyone

Parents' Choice reviews a sample of six Chicano books for children, discussing the ways that the books both resonate with Chicanos and enlighten and inspire readers of other backgrounds as well.

Pat Mora: Bookjoy Blog

The Bookjoy Blog was founded by Pat Mora in 2008 to share some "joy of reading" events such as book festivals and Children's Day, especially in the context of the Latino community.

PBS Teachers: Media Infusion Blog

Each month, PBS Teachers' guest experts discuss using multimedia resources to address common instructional challenges. Topics range from digital literacy to online poetry activities.

Pierce County: Early Learning Resources

Pierce County Library System in Washington offers a Web page full of early learning resources, like downloadable information sheets with ideas to make everyday activities a learning experience, booklets with reading tips, and podcasts about pre-reading strategies.

Public Library Association

PLA's purpose is to advance the development and effectiveness of public library service and public librarians. The association exists to provide a diverse program of communication, publication, advocacy, continuing education, and programming for its members and others interested in the advancement of public library service.

Pura Belpré Award

This award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

Read Across America

Initially created as a one-day event to celebrate reading on Dr. Seuss's birthday, March 2, NEA's Read Across America has grown into a nationwide initiative that promotes reading every day.

Reading Rockets Themed Booklists

Reading Rockets highlights a wide variety of themed booklists for kids from 0-9 years old, compiled by children's literature expert Maria Salvadore. Topics range from seasons and holidays to different feelings, activities, games, and animals.

Reading Rockets: Video Interviews with Children's Authors

Reading Rockets shares exclusive video interviews with more than sixty renowned children's book authors and illustrators such as Tomie dePaola, Walter Dean Myers, Lois Lowry, and Nikki Giovanni.

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