Welcome to the Birchview Media Center


Elizabeth Robertson
Media Specialist

Kathleen Nafstad
Media Assistant

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Book Recommendations

Hennepin County Libraries' Kid Links
Includes an option to search for books by grade level

A Book and A Hug
This site recommends great books for children of all ages.

Guys Read
Recommendations by children's book author, Jon Scieszka.

My Weird School
A fun series for kids by Dan Gutman

Series Books
A great list of books for all readers

Newbery Medal Winners & Honor Books
"The Newbery Medal was named for 18th century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."

Caldecott Medal Winners & Honor Books
"The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.”

Scholastic Books
Recommendations by age

Common Sense Media
Recommendations by topic and age

Information Tools

eBook collection available 365 days a year to staff and students.

Hennepin County Libraries
Grades K-5

Electronic Library for Minnesota
Connect to ELM databases

Login and password required

Culture Grams
Cultural Resources for Countries and States
Login and password required

50 States and Capital

CIA World Factbook
Provides information on history, people, government, economy and more for over 250 countries.

Encyclopedia Britannica Online

The Minnesota Historical Society's online state encyclopedia. Research Minnesota's history.

Britannica World Atlas
Atlas without distractions

Kid-friendly almanac by Fact Monster

Dictionary / Thesaurus

Online poetry site for kids

for citing your sources.
A bibliography tells where you got your information when researching.

Enchanted Learning

Rainforest Animals
Animals of the rainforest facts

Information on people, places, literature, arts and sports

A database of over 6,400 sites compiled by libraries.

Fact Monster
Find facts about thousands of topics.

Ask for Kids
Search common topics. Allows searches in question format.

Maud Hart Lovelace Award

The winner of last year's Maud Hart Lovelace Award was Fort by Cynthia DeFelice. Vote for this year's winning book:

  • from March through the first week in April.
  • in the Media Center.
  • if you have read at least three of the nominated titles.

by Joan Bauer

Star of the North Award

The winner of last year's Star of the North Award was The Night Gardener by The Fan Brothers. Vote for this year's winning book:

  • vote the last two weeks in March
  • in the Media Center
  • if you are in grades K-2 and have read at least 8 of the nominated titles