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Web searching for children

Did you know there are search engines designed especially for children? The following links lead to cites that are checked for accuracy and reading level.

Awesome Library for Kids: 15,000 resources with all the correct answers.

KidsClick: Links to some of the best instead of the most web sites. You can search just for an answer in words or pictures or voices. KidsClick also has a fun explanation of the internet under "Search Lessons." Don't be afraid of that last word. Games are even a part of the cite. Under "More Search Tools" are links to more kid-friendly searching tools.

KidSpace at the Internet Public Library: Some librarians from the University of Michigan have done an excellent job finding reliable and interesting cites to visit.

Think Quest Library: Student created web sites good enough for research.

Databases for Children

These databases are funded by the Massachusetts Regional Library System.

Kid's Edition: Part of the Infotrac collection of magazine, newspaper, and encyclopedia articles, Kid's Edition is made for elementary students looking for information on popular and educational subjects.

Junior Edition: Junior edition is intended for use by middle school students. It is part of the Infotrac collection of magazine, newspaper, and reference book articles. Children looking for popular and educational subjects can find current information here.


Other examples of basic reference tools such as almanacs, encyclopedias and atlases, are available through the databases listed above.

Fact Monster: Search an encyclopedia, an almanac, an atlas, or a dictionary, all from one site. Unfortunately some ads will pop up along the way.

Encyclopedia.com A basic encyclopedia. Subjects can be searched for by key words or chosen from lists which will help if spelling is a challenges. Stay to the center of the page for free use of the encyclopedia.

Merriam-Webster Student Dictionary: Look up a word, create a coded message, make your own dictionary or find the perfect rhyme. In other words, have some fun.

CIA World Fact Book: An almanac like resource that covers all countries and the USA. It also has flags and extensive maps.

National Geographic's Map Machine: Maps of all sorts. May require some coaching from an older person to put it to best use.

Children's Books & Authors on the Web

Authors and Illustrators on the Web:The Children's Literary Web links to many pages by and about authors and illustrators.

Bookhive: Search for reviews by author, title, genre, reading level, or even the number of pages.

Book reviews by young readers: The site from the Seminole County (FLA) Public Library System also has book lists for all ages and interests.

The Internet Public Library, Authors Page: Of course, librarians create and know about the best author web pages

The Internet Public Library, Story Hour: Read or listen to a short story.

Jan Brett's web page: A treasure as beautiful as her books that shares her art and creative spirit through activities based on her books.

A list of all sorts of book related web pages: This list from The American Library Association includes sites about book series, book centered projects and games, and books to read on the web or at home.

Games and Puzzles

35 Games: Choose from this list of games made up By the American Library Association. Yes, even librarians like to have fun. With descriptions and suggested ages you can find the perfect game to match your interests.

A Library full of on-line games: Go to KidsClick's master list of games for even more choices.

KidsPage!Fun: More from the Multnomah County Library. It is lots of games this time, some for even the youngest surfers.


Parents' Corner

Look here for information on reading and researching with your children.

Child Safety on the Internet: Guidelines for adults to share with their children on how to use the Internet safely.

Family TLC: Search by your child's age for books to read and other activities to do as a family.


What is a database?
A database is an electronic collection of articles, books, facts and pictures that you can search to find information. These databases contain just about everything that's in an issue of a magazine. It's just in a different form.

Kids InfoBits (K-5)
is a database developed especially for beginning researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5. The curriculum-related, age appropriate, full-text content is from the best elementary reference sources and magazines. This database covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.