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     Children's Librarian Jessica Rollerson

    Online directories of award-winning kids’ and young-adult books


    Maine Student Book Award (MSBA)

    Join the fun! The Maine Student Book Award expands the literary horizons of students in grades 4-8. Read and enjoy new books on our reading list - and vote for a statewide favorite each spring!

    New! MSBA LiveBinder!

    The Chickadee Award (The Maine Children's Choice Picture Book Project)

    The Chickadee Award is given annually to one of ten picture books published during the previous year. Children K – Grade 4 can vote for their favorite book every spring!

    The Newbery Medal Home Page

    The Association for Library Service to Children awards the Newbery Medal each year to the most distinguished American children’s author.

    The Caldecott Medal Home Page

    Named after English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, the Caldecott Medal is awarded each year to the most distinguished American children’s picture book artist.

    Great Graphic Novels for Teens

    A list of recommended graphic novels and illustrated nonfiction for readers ages 12-18, published each year by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

    The Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Mystery

    Named after the author Edgar Allan Poe, this award is presented every year to the best mystery works written for ages 12-18, and grades 8 - 12.

    The Andrew Norton Award for Young Adults

    This award is presented each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) for the best young adult science fiction or fantasy book published in the U.S.

    The Locus Award for Best Young Adult Book 

    The Locus Awards are presented each year to the winners of Locus Magazine’s reader’s poll for best young adult books.

    Other Resources for Kids

    The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids 

    A fun and educational version of the classic Old Farmwer’s Almanac, with facts, activities, stories, riddles, and games just for kids.

    Ele (the Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment) 

    An online space where educators and families can find and share digital learning resources for children age 0-5.

    Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA) 

    Learn about butterflies and moths from Panama to Canada.


    Nasa’s weather and space resource for teachers and kids.

    Bedtime Math 

    Challenging and fun bedtime math problems for kids of all ages.

    NGA Kids 

    An interactive website sponsored by the National Gallery of Art, where kids can create and explore art online.

    Fact Monster 

    Get homework help, explore games and quizzes, and learn about thousands of fun subjects!

    Arcademic Skill Builders 

    A website featuring free educational games, math games, language arts games, and much more for students and teachers.


    An online learning lab where kids can explore exhibits, tools, programs, and experiences.


    The official home of Dr. Suess’s classic books! Explore games, activities, colorful landscapes and zany characters that enrich the reading experience. 

    Dinosaur hunters unite! Learn about more than 300 species of giants that roamed the Earth long ago!

    RIF (Reading Is Fundamental) 

    Young children can discover the joy of reading and grown-ups can enjoy the journey!

    Ipl2 for Kids 

    A great resource for kids’ science fair projects.

    PBS Kids 

    Games, stories, songs, and more from popular PBS shows including: Between the Lions, Sagwa, Caillou, Clifford, and George Shrinks.

    Enchanted Learning 

    Craft, create, play games, and learn! This site contains English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Portuguese picture dictionaries with links to activities.


    This is a cool kids' site with an international focus.

    National Institute of Environmental Health Science: Kids' Pages 

    Games, songs, brain teasers, jokes, and story time - lots of fun even if you think you don't like science!


    A HUGE, easy-to-use web searching tool for kids, created by librarians.

    Websites for Parents


    Evidence-based K-12 learning strategies that empower parents to improve education.

    SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) 

    A network of writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with children’s literature.

    Smithsonian Education 

    Education resources for parents, families, teachers, and students.

    National PTA 

    The official website of the National PTA, empowering families and communities to help children discover their potential.


    A creative blog from a western Maine mom, offering booklists, tutorials, recipes, craft ideas, and much more!