[kids-lib] Resource: Great Websites for Kids

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Mon Jan 26 15:24:44 PST 2015

Do you have kids, parents, and other people asking you about coding and digital media creation resources appropriate for kids? Below is an email announcing the latest additions to Great Websites for kids, most of which focus on technology!

Interested in learning about other types of great websites for kids? Visit Great Websites for Kids http://gws.ala.org/!

Great Websites for Kids<http://gws.ala.org/> is resources created, maintained, and updated by ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children’s Great Websites for Kids Committee.

Katie Anderson, Library Support and Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
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-----Original Message-----
From: Kimberly Grad [mailto:kpbert85 at gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, January 23, 2015 6:54 PM
To: alsc-l at lists.ala.org
Subject: [alsc-l] Great Websites for Kids new selections

The 2014 Great Websites for Kids Committee is proud to announce the final selections for 2014!

Lara Crews, co-chair of Great Websites for Kids and children’s librarian, at the Forsyth County (North Carolina) Public Library points out that "This round of votes brought a great selection of coding and digital media creation sites for kids, which is exciting. We also worked on expanding our science and language sections.”

Check out Lisa Taylor's post from today's ALSC Blog ​http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2014/12/great-websites-for-kids-needs-you/

Lisa asks that if you see a site that you believe should be evaluated for inclusion on GWS, please submit your suggestion by following this link:

http://gws.ala.org/suggest-site. Similarly, if you find broken links, etc., please alert us to that as well. Finally, let us know how you’re using GWS.

Comments and suggestions are always welcome.

App Inventor


This site was designed to help beginners program mobile apps for android. The site offers tutorials with step-by-step directions, an on-line book, and a "course-in-a-box."



Code.org is a site designed to support the learning and teaching of computer coding. Features Hour of Code, a special program designed to teach beginners how to code. Through well thought out tutorials people of all ages can learn Scratch, Hopscotch and Java programming languages.



Kids can dive into the world of science with this online science themed shows.

After learning, kids can do activities, play games, or read up on their topic of choice. Parents and teachers can use this as a fun educational tool.



Duolingo is a non-profit, free, language-learning program offering a choice of

16 languages for English speakers.

My Garbology


MyGarbology offers a wide range of resources for young people, parents, and educators to learn about recycling in action: what we can do everyday, and the global impact of our actions and waste. Features an interactive game, lesson plans, family activities, and more.



Scratch is a programming language and an online community. Program and create your own interactive stories, games and animation and share with others.

Includes video and step-by step guides.

U.S. EPA's RadTown USA


This EPA desined site provides ways to learn about sources and uses of radiation found in evryday life. Graphical RadTown neighborhoods illustrate the sources of radiation you may find in your community while RadTown A to Z lists facts about radiation.

Great Websites for Kids (GWS) features links to high-quality websites of interest to children 14 years of age and younger, organized into diverse subject headings from cultures of the world to games & entertainment to weather & environment, and many more. Each site entry includes a brief annotation and a grade-level rating. Users can also rate sites, save favorites for easy access, and share sites via social media and email.

Members of the ALSC GWS Committee review potential sites for inclusion and vote on the sites to be included. They also regularly check the entire database of great sites to ensure currency, and re-evaluate sites when necessary.

Members of the 2014 Great Websites for Kids Committee are: Lara Crews, co-chair, Forsyth County (North Carolina) Public Library; Kimberly Probert Grad, co-chair, Brooklyn (New York) Public Library; Paige Bentley-Flannery, Deschutes Public Library, Bend, Oregon; Krishna Grady, Darien (Connecticut) Library; Joanne Kelleher, Kings Park (New York) Central School District; Ted McCoy, Springfield (Massachusetts) City Library; Alia Shields, Cherry Hill (New

Jersey) Public Library; Lisa Taylor, Barnegat (New Jersey) Branch Library; and Katie Scherrer, Connected Communities, Lexington, Kentucky.

With Best Regards,

Kimberly Probert Grad

Library Information Supervisor

Brooklyn Public Library

Brooklyn Heights Branch

280 Cadman Plaza West

Brooklyn, NY 11201

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