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The Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California
http://www.bayviews.org
The Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California (ACL) has a website that includes storytime ideas and a "BayViews" section with news, annotated book lists, and articles concerning children's services and programming. Articles and storytime suggestions are added on a monthly basis.

Children's Picture Book Database
http://www.lib.muohio.edu/pictbks

E. Wayne Carp, child historian and H-Childhood Book Review Editor, recommends the University of Miami Children's Picture Book Database of over 4,000 picture books for children, searchable by discipline or alphabet, to help teachers, parents and librarians find young children's books that are appropriate for specific topics or interests.
(Added to Web site: 10/00)

The Dr. Spock Website
http://www.drspock.com
A terrific resource for parents and expectant parents.

Mother Goose Asks Why?
http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/000925/nycu/computers.htm
Someone passed on the following article to me, and thought it might be of interest to some of you. It is about computer-use and early childhood education. So, as we all plan new projects to meet the needs of early childhood math, science and literature experiences, and as we look at new and innovative models to carry out our work, we may see a role for technology in these programs. In addition, with the various technology companies telling us how important it is for young children to be exposed to technology, less they become unemployable 8th drop-outs, I thought the usnews article on the following web site is worth checking out. Some great concerns for us to reflect upon as we develop new programs.
Greg DeFrancis, Dir. of Education
Montshire Museum of Science
Norwich, VT
Voice: 802.649.2200
Fax: 802.649.3637
Email: greg.defrancis@montshire.org
Web: www.montshire.org
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Web Sites for Children

Alfy-Storyville
www.alfy.com/Storyville
PreK-Gr 2 — Nine of the coolest interactive stories on the Web, each with animated characters and sounds. While waiting for the stories to load, kids can play age-appropriate games. Kids help to "read" each story once it’s loaded by clicking on specific objects. Stories can be read in English and heard in either English or Spanish. Sponsor: Alfy.com and JC Penney. Don’t Miss: "Alfy’s Fort," a story about imagination. Detour: Go to www.alfy.com/Cool_Sites/Books_and_Stories/index.asp for links to other Web sites that contain stories for kids. Tech Stuff: Flash 4, sound card, and speakers.
(source: Gail Junion-Metz’s column in the July 2000 School Library Journal, page 29)
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StoryPlace
www.storyplace.org/storyplace.asp
PreK-Gr 2 — This public library site redefines the term storytime. The five animated stories in the "PreSchool Library" link include sounds, read-along text, and narration. Each story has a related online learning activity, an at-home activity, and a list of books so kids can "read more about it." Sponsor: Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (NC). Don’t miss: "Clyde’s Smile" and the Spanish version of all the stories and activities at www.storyplace.org/sp/storyplace.asp. Detour: Before leaving, click on the "Book Hive," where kids can see reviews of cool books. Watch for the addition of the "Early Elementary Library" at www.storyplace.org/eel/eel.asp. Tech stuff: Shockwave and Flash 4.
(source: Gail Junion-Metz’s column in the July 2000 School Library Journal, page 29)
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Between the Lions
www.pbs.org/wgbh/lions/
PreK-Gr 2 — Each week, this site, related to the PBS TV show, features a different online story. For a complete list, click on the "Main Site Index" link at the bottom of the home page. Each story has 12 games with different themes and activities. Sponsor: PBS and WGBH Boston. Don’t Miss: From the "Main Site Index," go to the "Word Helper" section, a great online dictionary. Detour: Sign up for free Net-based newsletter, "The Paw Print," at www.pbs.org/wgbh/lions/newsletter/index.html. Tech Stuff: Shockwave and QuickTime.
(source: Gail Junion-Metz’s column in the July 2000 School Library Journal, page 29)
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Kids Into Action — Book Club
www.sunshine.co.nz/nz/kia/books/index.html
PreK-Gr 1 — Meet Korky the Klickon from the Planet Klick and read about all his adventures. This site from New Zealand contains 17 animated stories designed for new readers, many of which also have sounds. (Some of the sounds are loud and may frighten tots and preschoolers). Sponsor: Sunshine Multimedia Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand. Don’t Miss: Simple, nonanimated, stories like "Korky the Pirate" and animated, sound-enhanced stories like "Korky’s Whale Watch." Detour: "Fun and Games" at www.sunshine.co.nz/nz/kia/coolstore/index.html for nearly 30 activities and learning games. (I especially like "Computer Parts.") Tech Stuff: Shockwave and Flash 4, sound card, and speakers (optional).
(source: Gail Junion-Metz’s column in the July 2000 School Library Journal, page 29)
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Library of Congress

Sesame Street–Stories
http://www.ctw.org/preschool/stories/0,1163,00.html
PreK-Gr 2 — A collection of nine stories, many of which allow kids to make choices that change the stories as they read along. Kids click on their favorite Sesame Street characters, such as Elmo, Oscar, or Telly, to locate stories featuring them. The stories are not animated, nor do they have sounds, which is a plus for libraries/parents with older computers and slower modem connections. Sponsor: Children’s Television Workshop. Don’t Miss: "Zoo Who with Betty Lou," a story that changes each time kids choose a different animal part. Detour: "Make a Story" at www1.ctw.org/preschool/makeastory/ss/home/1,1606,00.html, where kids and adults can create a customized story, then either print it or save it online to read again. Tech Stuff: Shockwave.
(source: Gail Junion-Metz’s column in the July 2000 School Library Journal, page 29)
(Added to Web site: 10/00)


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