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Children and Young Adult Literature

American Library Association Literary Awards:    

Newbery Medal recognizes distinguished contribution to American children’s literature.

Caldecott Medal recognizes distinguished art in an American picture book.

Sibert Medal recognizes the most distinguished informational book published in English.

Coretta Scott King Award honors outstanding African American authors and illustrators.

Belpre` Medal is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, the Latino cultural experience in literature for children and youth.

Carnegie Medal honors outstanding video productions for children.

Geisel Award recognizes authors for their literary and artistic achievements that demonstrate creativity and imagination to engage children in reading.

Batchelder Award is awarded to an American publisher for an outstanding children's book originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States to increase global awareness

Odyssey Award is for the best audiobook produced for children in English in the United States.

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) Booklists and Book Awards



About Homeschooling         
All the resources you need to learn about homeschooling.

Homeschooling Michigan   
Local and statewide resources for homeschoolers.

Homeschooling in Michigan                        
Legal history and how to get started homeschooling in Michigan.

A to Z Home’s Cool Homeschooling          
Regional link included in a national homeschooling website.

Home Education Magazine    
Includes information on homeschooling basics, laws and curriculum ideas.


Miscellaneous Resources

Esme Raji Codell, Author and certified Readiologist            
Get the scoop on the newest literature, how to teach reading, and more.

Chemistry for Kids Lesson Plans
Ready-made lessons on the Periodic Table, atoms,  matter, and biochemistry

Express SOS (MI Secretary of State)
Information on driver's license, voting registration, etc.

Guys Read                
A literary initiative to help boys of all ages connect with books.

Internet Safety for Kids
KidSMART site has information for parents and teachers about navigating safety online.

Jan Brett Activity Pages                 
Free activities for home and classroom, computer games, coloring pages and projects to help children learn while having fun.

Lisa Wheeler, Michigan Children’s Author          
Features a Teacher’s Page with literature guides

Mem Fox’s Reading Magic          
Information on reading to children and teaching children to read.

Michigan Department of Education           
Information on high school requirements, ACT testing, and family learning activities for all age levels.

OnGuard Online
Be smart online, protect your kids, avoid scams with these great tips.

Parents Activity Center                    
Find children’s games and activities based on familiar storybook characters published by Scholastic Books.

PBS Parents and PBS Teachers 
Separate sites for parents and teachers give tips on growth milestones, fun at home, lesson plans and educational activities.