Links to Additional Sources

Authors and Illustrators Biographical Information

Teachingbooks.net - This resource offers a database of K-12 instructional materials such as guide books, lesson plans, book lists, and author/illustrator biographical information and audio name pronunciation.

Readingrockets.org - This resource offers videos and podcasts of author/illustrator interviews. It also features book lists and biographical information.

Something About the Author Online - This resource provides web access to the Something About the Author series and includes options to search for author biographies, autobiographies, and obituaries.

Book Awards

American Indian Youth Literature Award - The American Indian Library Association biennially awards this honor to children's and youth books that best capture the American Indian cultural experience. Click the link for more information about this award as well as a list of winners.

Caldecott Award - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALA) annually awards this medal to the artist of the most distinguished children's picture book. Click the link for more information about this award as well as a list of winners. 

Coretta Scott King Award - The Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exhange Round Table (ALA) anually recognizes exceptional young adult and children's books by African American authors and illustrators that capture the African American experience. Click the link for more information about this award as well as a list of winners. 

Geisel Award - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALA) annually awards this honor to authors and illustrators of the most distinguished contribution to American beginning reader books published during the preceding year. Click the link for more information about this award as well as a list of winners. 

Newbery Award - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALA) annually awards this medal to the author who has made the most distinguished contribution to American chlidren's literature. Click the link for more information about this award as well as a list of winners.

Orbis Pictus Award - The National Council of Teachers of English annually awards this honor to outstanding nonfiction children's books. Click the link for more information about this award as well as a list of winners. 

Printz Award - The Young Adult Library Services Association (ALA) anually awards this honor to the author of a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. Click the link for more information about this award as well as a list of winners.  

Pura Belpre Award - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALA) annually awards this honor to an author and illustrator whose work best captures the Latino cultural experience through children's and youth literature. Click the link for more information about this award as well as a list of winners.

Iowa Book Awards

Goldfinch Award - The Iowa Association of School Librarians (ILA) annually awards this honor to a book voted on by Iowa students, grades PreK-3. Click the link for more information about this award as well as a list of winners.  

Iowa Children's Choice Award- The Iowa Association of School Librarians (ILA) annually awards this honor to a book voted on by Iowa students, grades 3-6. Click the link for more information about this award as well as a list of winners.  

Iowa Teen Award - The Iowa Association of School Librarians (ILA) annually awards this honor to a book voted on by Iowa students, grades 6-9. Click the link for more information about this award as well as a list of winners.  

Iowa High School Book Award - The Iowa Association of School Librarians (ILA) annually awards this honor to a book voted on by Iowa students, grades 9-12. Click the link for more information about this award as well as a list of winners.  

Book Identification / Review Sources

Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database [UNI only] – This source provides entries for old and new books. It includes bibliographic citations, award information, readability levels, and reviews from well-known journals. Search by author, title, or keyword.

Children's Core Collection - This source provides entries for fiction and nonfiction books and magazines geared toward children, grades PreK-6, as well as review sources and other professional development tools for librarians and school media specialists.

Middle and Junior High Core Collection - This source provides entries for fiction and nonfiction books and magazines geared toward children and teens, grades 5-9, as well as review sources and other professional develpment tools for librarians and school media specialists.

Senior High Core Collection - This source provides entries for fiction and nonfiction books and magazines geared toward teens, grades 9-12, as well as review sources and other professional develpment tools for librarians and school media specialists.

Education Full Text - This source provides access to education scholarship dealing with a wide range of subjects.

Children’s and Young Adult Recommended Lists

American Library Association’s Children’s Notable Book List – Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALA) develops a list of best children’s books, recordings, videos, and computer software published/produced the previous year.

Notable Social Studies Books for Young People – The National Council for the Social Studies works with the Children’s Book Council to compile an annual list of high quality books that are particularly useful in social studies education, K-8.

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 – The National Science Teachers Association in cooperation with the Children’s Book Council assembles an annual list of high quality books featuring different aspects of science.

Rainbow List - The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table works with the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association to compile an annual list of GLBTQ books for a wide range of readers.

Intellectual Freedom

American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom - Information about the office, banned book week information, and links to Intellectual Freedom Action News is included here.

Iowa Association for School Librarian's Intellectual Freedom Page – IASL's Intellectual Freedom Committee has designed a Web page especially for Iowa schools experiencing challenges to materials.

Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) - The CCBC is a non-circulating research library based out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Its intellectual freedom page contains information about the definitions and principles of intellectual freedom, helpful Q & A forums, a step-by-step guide for what to do when materials have been challanged, links to advocacy groups, and a number of other helpful resources. 

K-12 Databases

UNI has access to a number of databases specific to K-12 students and educators. These databases contain primary and secondary information about subjects such as history and geography as well as magazine guides, encyclopedias, research, and much more. Follow this link to access these helpful resources. 

Nonprint Identification/Review Sources

California Learning Resource Network –Brief reviews searchable by title, grade, subject, instructional mode, etc.

Children’s Software Finder [UNI Only] – The online database of reviews published in the quarterly journal, Children’s Software & New Media Revue, serves as a reference to identify and evaluate nonprint materials. The reviews are extensive.

Super Kids Educational Software Review – Alphabetical links by program title of reviews for ages 3-18. Also includes a subject index. Reviewers include parents and educators.

Software Evaluation Form – Use this form to help you complete your own software evaluations.

Great Web Sites for Kids – ALA/ALSC have developed a list of recommended Web sites for children pre-kindergarten, elementary, and middle school levels. The sites can be assessed alphabetically by title or by curriculum area. The selection criteria is included.

Libraryvideo.com – Library Video Company, a distributor of educational media, including video, CD-ROM, audiobook, and DVD formats, indexes and reviews over 16,000 titles covering different curriculum areas and grade level abilities. Although this source is a commercial product, it can assist in locating hard to find materials.

Iowa Core

Iowa Core - The Iowa Department of Education's Iowa Core webpage lays out the academic expectations for Iowa's K-12 students and provides information concerning implemenatation and planning, a helpful Q & A forum, webcasts, and the history of the Iowa Core.

Innovative Projects

Letters About Literature - A national reading and writing innitiative sponsored by the Center for the Book in the National Library of Congress and by the Iowa Center for the Book. Students, grades 4 through 10, learn to connect with literature and writing by composing letters to the authors who have had an impact on their lives.