Fun and Games

ZooBorns Photos and articles about animal babies from zoos around the world.

Sesame Street


Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina, Thomas the Tank Engine and more.

Cartoon Network

Crayola Coloring Pages and Crafts

Family Fun Magazine Crafts and activities.

Discovery Channel for Kids

Playhouse Disney


Nick Jr.

Sports Illustrated for Kids

NASA Kids' Club

Fun With Spot

StoryBlocks Videos presenting early literacy skills for young children.

Dr. Seuss

Mo Willems's Pigeon

Homework Help Created by poet Bruce Lansky, this site offers lessons on writing poems in many innovative formats. Created by poet Bruce Lansky, this site activities for children that make poetry fun to read and write.

Kristine O'Connell George, Poet Tips for young poets on how to write poetry and the importance of observation.

The Green Squad Identifying environmental and health hazards.

My First Garden Practical advice for beginning gardeners from the University of Illinois Extension.

Recycle City Learn about ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.

TOPICS Online magazine for learners of English, written by students.

The World Clock Information on time zones, holidays, clocks and calendars.

Diversity Calendar View holidays from around the world, month-by-month.

Encyclopedia Mythica Award-winning internet encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and religion.

Cortland Elementary School

Midwest Museum of Natural History

Kidsclick Web search for kids by librarians.

Yahoo Kids

ALA Resource Guide American Library Association's guide to online resources for parents, teens and children.

Great Sites For Kids


Internet Public Library: Kidspace

Fun Brain Educational games in a variety of subjects.

Starfall reading games.

National Geographic Kids

National Gallery of Art for Kids

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

Central Intelligence Agency CIA Kids' Page

Federal Beurea of Investigation FBI For Kids

U.S. Government for Kids

The White House for Kids

America's Story From the Library of Congress

Admongo Information on becoming more advertising aware.

OnGuard Online Internet safety information.

US Energy Information Administration

National Science Foundation Classroom Resources

Nanotechnology News for Kids

Stellarium Planetarium software that shows exactly what you see when you look up at the stars. It's easy to use, and free.

NIU Observatory The observatory is open Thursday and Friday 7 to 11 p.m. when NIU is in session.

Google Earth, Moon Take tours of landing sites, narrated by Apollo astronauts, view 3D models of landed spacecraft, zoom into 360-degree photos to see astronauts' footprints, watch rare TV footage of the Apollo missions.

Book Awards and Lists

Caldecott Medal Awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Laura Ingalls Wilder AwardHonors an author or illustrator whose books have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.

John Newbery Medal Awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children (up to age 14).

Coretta Scott King Awards Given to African American authors and illustrators for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions.

Pura Belpre Award Presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award Awarded to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States.

Monarch Award Illinois children's choice award for books intended for grades Kindergarten - Third.

Bluestem Award Illinois children's choice award for books intended for grades Third - Fifth.

Children's Literature Web Guide

International Children's Digital Library

Guys Read

Great Books for Babies The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) compiled this list of books for babies, sorted by categories.

Parenting Special Needs Children

Autism Society

NAYEC Technology and Young Children Interest Forum Links that provide information and resources for using technology with young children in a center or classroom setting.

National Down Syndrome Society

The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center NECTAC is the national early childhood technical assistance center supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs.

National Parent Technical Assistance Center The ALLIANCE National Parent Technical Assistance Center (NPTAC) provides innovative technical assistance, up-to-date information, and high quality resources and materials.

PACER Center Parents can find publications, workshops, and other resources to help make decisions about education, vocational training, employment, and other services for their children with disabilities.

Parenting Special Needs The Online Magazine Serving the Special Needs Community 

Support Organization for Trisomy 18, 13 and Related Disorders (SOFT)