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by Lynda Scarrow

Literacy learning

Read, Write, Think

lots of great information

The National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association have created this information-packed site. There are well-developed, detailed lesson plans and resources searchable by grade. See also the extensive list of student materials – including the drama map, circle plot diagram and comic creator.

Children’s Poetry

sweet rhymes

This site offers a beautiful children’s archive where you can search for poems by theme or form and see poets read their poems with accompanying sound effects. Spike Milligan’s The Land of the Bumbly Boo, with his gruff voice and bits of bubbly laughter, is particularly delightful.


learn-to-read fun

Starfall’s primary colours, great graphics  and really nice interactive features are perfect for young children. In Let’s Get Ready to Read, kids learn letters and hear how a word is pronounced. My favourite is the letter Y, illustrated by a yawning polar bear. This section also includes sign language. (Click the sign-language image for a great animated demonstration.) You’ll also find a really cool tool that helps children sound out words and sentences and another section that helps them make words from letters.

Digital Library

international books for kids

The digital library’s searchable database is a good way to provide content in multiple languages to your students. Choose Read Books in the left-hand menu to access the search field where you have many options: short, long, award winning, by age group, by language, fiction and non-fiction. The one difficulty is that book pages are provided as scanned images and not PDFs, so you would have to open and print each page individually to read the book in its entirety.

Teaching Literature

literacy tools for teachers

You will definitely want to add Teaching Literature to your bookmark bar – it is chock full of great teaching materials and links to extensive resources. While there is a slight leaning toward American and British content, categories include story/response writing, Shakespeare, young adult literature, drama/speech, critical lenses and more.

Book Adventure

by the books

Created by Sylvan Learning, Book Adventure allows children to make their own book lists from over 6,000 titles, take multiple choice quizzes on books they read and earn points and prizes for their successes. Teachers sign up to create their own class site where students can track their reading lists on personal book pages.

Lynda Scarrow is the College's web editor. She can be reached at

Additional Resources

ABC Reading Comprehension

Children’s Books Online – The Rosetta Project

Free Children’s eBooks

Kaboose Reading Games for Kids

Literature for Children

Reading Online

Reading Rainbow (PBS Kids)

Reading Rockets

The English Teacher

Weekly Reader

Kids Love a Mystery