Online resources related to the texts used in Rich Thompson's
Midnight Fox by Betsy Byars
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Just Juice by Karen Hesse
Pigs Might Fly by Dick King-Smith
Additional resources related to the tenets of this series:
Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site
This site provides lists of children's books and ideas of ways to use them in the classroom as well as activities and topics of professional interest.
Children's' Book Council
The Children's Book Council is a non-profit trade organization dedicated to encouraging literacy and the use and enjoyment of children's books.
This site provides a wealth of reviews designed to help teachers, librarians, childcare providers, and parents make appropriate literary choices for children.
Children's Literature Web Guide
This Web site categorizes the growing number of Internet resources related to books for children and young adults. Much of the information found on this Web site is provided by schools, libraries, teachers, parents, and book professionals (such as authors, editors, and booksellers). It includes quick references to lists of award-winning and bestseller children's books, teaching resources, links to parent resources, and journal and book reviews.
deGrummond's Children's Literature Collection
From the University of Southern Mississippi Libraries, the deGrummond Children's Literature Collection is one of North America's leading research centers in the field of children's literature. Although the Collection has many strengths, the main focus is on American and British children's literature, historical and contemporary. Their What's New section details upcoming exhibits, many of which are available online.
The Doucette Index
The Doucette Index provides access to books and Web sites that contain useful teaching suggestions related to books for children and young adults, and the creators of those books. The searchable database enables teachers to search by author and/or title of the book, leading to lesson plans and curriculum ideas.
The Institute for Learning
A liaison between its parent institution, the Learning Research and Development Center of the University of Pittsburgh, and working educators in school systems nationwide, The Institute for Learning brings to educators the best current knowledge and research about learning processes and principles of instruction. Its mission is to provide educators with the resources and training they need to enhance learning opportunities for all students. The Institute serves as a think tank, a design center for innovative professional development systems in the schools, and an educator of core groups of school professionals.
KidSpace @ The Internet Public Library
The Reading Zone at KidSpace provides a number of online texts for children, including works in French and Spanish. A number of the links provide activities connected to the literature as well.
Planet Book Club
This Web site is devoted to book clubs and provides and overview, management suggestions, and a teacher forum. Guides to a number of popular novels are available for purchase at the Planet Book Club store.
This Web site is an online journal of K-12 practice and research published by the International Reading Association. It includes helpful links to book reviews, peer-reviewed articles, discussions about literacy, and ideas and information about applying technology in literacy instruction.
SCORE [the Schools of California Online Resources for Educators (SCORE) Project]
This Web site provides teachers with online resources connected to a number of literary titles commonly used in language arts classrooms as well as CyberGuides, supplementary lesson plans centered on core works of literature. Each CyberGuide contains a student and teacher edition, standards, a task and a process by which it may be completed, teacher-selected Web sites, and a rubric (based on California Language Arts Content Standards).
Articles related to effective literature instruction from the National Research Center on English Learning and Achievement:
"Classroom Discussion: Teachers' Perspectives on Obstacles and Strategies" by Samantha Caughlan
"Engaging Students in Meaningful Conversation Leads to Higher Achievement" by Arthur Applebee
"How Classroom Conversation Can Support Student Achievement"
"Supporting the Process of Literary Understanding: Analysis of a Classroom Discussion" by Doralyn R. Roberts and Judith A. Langer
"Taking Risks, Negotiating Relationships: One Teacher's Transition Towards a Dialogic Classroom" by Julie Nelson Christoph and Martin Nystrand
"What Do We Know about Effective Fourth-Grade Teachers and Their Classrooms?" by Richard L. Allington and Peter H. Johnson.
American Educational Research Association
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
International Reading Association
National Council of Teachers of English
National Writing Project