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Each week, Education World's Great Sites for Teaching About ... page highlights Web sites to help educators work timely themes into their lessons. This week's sites are among the best on the Web for teaching about authors.

  1. Author! Author!

    This is the Innovative Teaching Newsletter's June 2000 compilation of children's author links broken down into general resources, picture books, young adult novels, and secondary novels. The listings are extensive, and the pages you will surf to are representative of the work and accomplishments of each of the noteworthy authors.

  2. Author Biographies
    The Internet Public Library has put together links on such notable children's authors as Lois Lowry, Natalie Babbitt, Katherine Paterson, Charlotte Zolotow, and Gary Paulsen. By clicking on For More Information, you can have access to additional pages on such authors as Judy Blume, Roald Dahl, J. K. Rowling, and Virginia Hamilton.

  3. Author Study Grades 1-5
    This sample unit offers the format and suggested content for a study of authors with students in grades one through five. It includes ideas for an author's chair, guided reading and thinking activities, story-mapping ideas, letter-writing activities, and several solid ideas for assessment tools. The planning and objectives are in place for you, and the suggested activities are numerous enough to keep this unit going for weeks!

  4. Children's Book Authors Who Visit Schools
    You have loved your author study with each year's class, and you wonder how to take it to the next level. This page is just the trick! Dozens of children's authors who visit schools are listed here along with brief descriptions of their work and direct links to their Web sites. Start planning now for a special appearance your students will never forget!

  5. HarperChildrens.com
    This publisher's Web site celebrates authors in an eye-catching, interactive way. Each writer is presented in human terms with lots of fascinating facts and a colorful format that is attractive to young eyes. Authors include Beverly Cleary, E. B. White, William Joyce, and Jamie Lee Curtis. Additional links to the sites of Caroline Arnold, Molly Bang, Eric Carle, Jean Craighead George, and many, many others round out this kid-friendly site.

  6. Horn Book Virtual History Museum
    This classic children's literature magazine presents past letters from and radio interviews with children's authors. Share with students Lloyd Alexander's 1965 response to a review of his book The Black Cauldron or a 1941 Beatrix Potter letter that reveals some real-life people who have appeared in her books! Other authors included are Susan Cooper, Chris Van Allsburg, and Rosemary Wells.

  7. Just for Kids Who Love Books
    Alan Brown maintains this resource-laden site for book lovers and includes a lengthy collection of author pages. Simply scroll down the left-hand frame past all the book titles until you come to the alphabetical author listings. This is a great resource for author research projects!

  8. Scholastic Author Studies

    This children's book publisher offers a great Web site on author studies. The Author Index is a handy quick link to all kinds of Web sites on popular writers, and the Author Visit Kit helps you plan and enjoy a visit from a selected author to your school! The Writing With Writers section offers the opportunity for your class to participate in a writing workshop with a noteworthy author. Go to the Online Guest Calendar to find out how your class can participate in a live interview with an author or to read transcripts of past interviews.

Walter McKenzie
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Updated 11/5/2001