Children's Literature Web Links

General Children's Literature
Importance of Reading to Children
Nursery Rhymes
Fairy Tales

Concept Books

Kay E. Vandergrift's Special Interest Page - A very comprehensive children's literature web page written by a professor at Rutgers University.  Topics covered in-depth include:  The history of children's literature; Gender and Culture in picture books; Sharing literature with children; Children's literature texts; Empowering girls, and many other topics too numerous to mention.  A must see!  Check out the Social History of Children's Literature.

Children's Literature Study Web - Children's literature course with information on different types of books and specific book titles.  Page contains lecture notes on topics such as the history of children's literature.

Story Arts Online - Storytelling in the classroom, lesson plans, activities and story library

Children's Literature Web Guide - Very comprehensive web site on all aspects of children's literature; particular emphasis on award-winning literature

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site - This is a collection of reviews of great books for kids, ideas of ways to use them in the classroom and collections of books and activities about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes and professional topics.

World of Peter Rabbit and Friends - A very beautiful web site with Beatrix Potter's original art work, music and information about her characters.

Importance of Reading to Children

BabyBird Productions - Why reading matters.

Importance and Benefits of Reading to Children - Don't stop reading to your child just because s/he has outgrown picture books!

Book It!  The Importance of Reading to Your Child - From Children Today magazine.

Little One Reading Resource: READING MATTERS! Child Development & the Importance of Reading to Children

On Reading Nursery Rhymes with Children - Discusses basic guidelines for reading to three different groups:  toddlers, early school age, and older children.

Nursery Rhyme Sites

Why Read Nursery Rhymes

Promoting Language Development

History of Nursery Rhymes

History of Nursery Rhymes: Discusses the history of different nursery rhymes.

The History of Nursery Rhymes and Mother Goose - Lots of wonderful information!

Nursery Rhymes Lyrics and Origins - History of rhymes and rhyme trivia.

Nursery Rhyme Crosslinks - Site includes:  Forms of poetry for children; History of nursery rhymes; Lesson plans and class activities.

History Through Nursery Rhymes - Several nursery rhymes are presented along with possible ties to historic events.

Lists of Nursery Rhymes

Birds of a Feather - Long list of nursery rhyme titles.

Lists of Rhymes: Lots of nursery rhymes

Rebus Rhymes - Nursery rhymes are categorized by topics, such as rhymes about birds, farms, stars, and much more.

Mamma Lisa's Nursery Rhymes - A small collection of popular nursery rhymes.

The Mother Goose Pages - Mother Goose, Nursery Rhymes, & Children's Songs

Fairy Tale Sites

Google Fairy Tale Directory - Use this link to find tales by particular authors such as Hans Christian Andersen, Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault and world tales.  There are also specific links such as story origins and tales based on Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and others.

SurLaLune - This site offers annotated fairy tales, including information about their histories, similarities with various tales, bibliographies and other tidbits. One of the primary features of interest to teachers and storytellers is a listing of comparative tales from different cultures.

Grimm's Fairy Tales - Plain text versions of 209 tales.

Wesleyan University's French Fairy Tales Web site Project - This is a research site that covers topics such as gender roles in fairy tales, historical and political perspectives of French fairy tales and the world of fairies.  The tales of Charles Perrault are featured.

Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tales and Stories - Andersen's 168 tales, in the chronological order of their original publication

Tales of Wonder:  Folk and Fairy Tales from Around the World - Click on a continent or country for an extensive list of tales.

Fairy Tales Collection - offers plain text versions of classic and popular tales.

Concept Books

Children and Developmental Guidelines - Links to many sites describing the stages of childhood.

ABC, Counting and Concept Books - Find information and exercises at this site.

Concept books in early childhood

Concept Books - Some good information on how to read concept books with children.


What is Bibliotherapy?

Bibliotherapy and Children's Books from James Madison University.

Books to Help Young Children Cope in Today's World

Bibliotherapy:  Reading for Problem Solving

Magination Press list of bibliotherapy books by topic.

Bibliotherapy Book Lists for Children from the Waterboro Public Library in Maine

Nursery Rhymes Essential to Reading

The Surprising Meaning and Benefits of Nursery Rhymes

Why It Is Good to Do Nursery Rhymes With Your Children

 Nursery Rhymes: Not Just for Babies!

Educational Information about Nursery Rhymes

Nursery Rhymes and Phonemic Awareness

Reading Books to Babies

Ten read-aloud commandments

Nursery rhymes: help your child read better