Resources II -- Helping Your Child Become a Responsible Citizen

Children's Magazines

Contains articles and stories with a focus on science, social studies, nature and art themes. (Ages 3-7)

Contains articles and stories that focus on American history. (Ages 9-14)

Highlights for Children
Includes stories, poems, craft ideas, cartoons and a regular guide for parents and teachers. (Ages 4-10)

Presents stories, poems and articles for younger children. Includes a parent's supplement; also see "Parent's Corner" on the Web site. (Ages 2-6)

Articles and columns spark curiosity about science, history and the arts. (Ages 9-14)

National Geographic Kids
Offers articles on a variety of science, social studies and popular arts subjects. Issues include learning games, projects and posters. A parents' guide is available. (Ages 8-13)

Features works by well-known authors and artists. (Ages 6-9).


American Library Association. Notable Children's Books.
Yearly lists provide brief descriptions of books recommended by a committee of the American Library Association.

Hearne, Betsy and Stevenson, Deborah. Choosing Books for Children: A Commonsense Guide
(3rd ed.). Champaign-Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1999.
Offers discussions of children's books and the issues surrounding them, as well as bibliographies and advice on choosing books and introducing them to children.

Gillespie, John T. (Ed.). Best Books for Children: Preschool through Grade 6 (7th ed.).
New York: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001.
Contains more than 23,000 titles chosen on the basis of recommendations from children's book review sources such as Booklist.

Kilpatrick, William, Wolfe, Gregory and Wolfe, Suzanne M. Books That Build Character: A Guide to Teaching Your Child Moral Values through Stories.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994.
Argues that books can provide children with a wealth of good examples of how to live and can help them make sense of life. Lists and discusses books for children from age 4 through high school.

Lipson, Eden Ross (Ed.). The New York Times Parent's Guide to the Best Books for Children.
New York: Three Rivers Press, 2000.
Arranges hundreds of books into six sections based on reading level: Wordless, Picture, Story, Early Reading, Middle Reading and Young Adult. Subject indexes include such topics as Family Life, Friendship, Growing Up, History, Immigrants, Manners, Minorities, Problems, Religion, and War and Peace.

National Endowment for the Humanities. Timeless Classics.
Available from the Consumer Information Center, Pueblo, Colorado.
(1-888-878-3256; Lists nearly 400 children's books that were published before 1960.

Trelease, Jim. The New Read-Aloud Handbook (5th ed.). New York: Penguin, 2001.
Along with lists of hundreds of titles of books appropriate for various age groups, this book provides information about the importance of reading aloud with children and suggestions for making reading aloud most effective.

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