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Becky Whitlock
Media Specialist

Beth Rohlik
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 boys and girls 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." (Description from the ALA Newbery Medal website)

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.” (Description from the ALA Caldecott Medal website.)

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

Fact Monster
Find facts about thousands of topics.

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

Fun Library Games

Books and More
True or false? Answers questions about books.

Fiction or Nonfiction?
Learn and practice the difference between fiction and nonfiction books.

Reference Choice - 1
Choose the correct reference books to find information.

Reference Choice - 2
Identify the correct reference book to use.

Dictionary Fun
Reference Material Games

Parts of a Book - 1
Four games to learn the parts of a book: flashcards, matching, concentration, and word search

Parts of a Book - 2
Play hangman to learn and practice the parts of a book.

Parts of a Book - 3
Even more hangman to learn (more difficult) parts of a book.

Library Word Scramble
Practice your knowledge of library terms and unscramble words.

Library Orientation
How well do you know your library? Test your skills!

Genres of Literature
Identify the correct genres (type) of literature.

Dewey Number Order
Put the Dewey numbers in order. If you are correct, a hidden picture will appear!

Dewey Decimal Practice
3 games for practicing the Dewey Decimal System : flashcards, matching and concentration.

Basic Dewey Decimal
Match the correct Dewey Decimal Number with the right subject.

Call Numbers and Sections of the Library
Match a book's "call number" (or address) with the "section" in the library where it belongs.

Call Number Order
Put the call numbers in the correct order. If you are correct, a hidden picture will appear!

Alphabet Book Game
(K-1st grade) Practice ABC Order

ABC Wack-A-Mole
Practice alphabetizing playing Wack-a-Mole

Maud Hart Lovelace Award

The winner of last year's Maud Hart Lovelace Award was The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John. 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.
Wish by Barbara O'Connor cover

by Barbara O'Connor

Star of the North Award

The winner of last year's Star of the North Award was The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex. 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
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