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In addition to basic information, many author websites are rich in resources such as blogs, photos, discussion questions, writing tips, games/puzzles/challenges, interviews, read-alouds, and FAQs. Visiting author websites is a fun way to deepen a child's reading experience. Navigating these websites and comparing them develops research skills. Some authors respond to email, allowing kids to hone communication skills.
A collection of websites and databases curated by Town's librarians and technology department to support research by Town students and feed curious minds. Some highlights include:
- PebbleGo (designed for K-2nd grade; features articles, images, and videos on animals, science, biographies, and more)
- Juvenile Series and Sequels (easy way to research the order of books in a series)
- Britannica (encyclopedia includes articles, videos, and links to websites)
- World Book Online (encyclopedia includes articles, videos, and links to websites)
- eLibrary Curriculum Edition (vast periodical database that features full-text articles, images, reference works, and primary sources for K-12 students)
- EBSCO Middle Search Plus (extensive periodical database features full-text articles, images, reference works, and primary sources for middle school students)
- BrainPOP (educational website with over 1,000 short animations and related material for K-12 students)