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Web Sites for Kids

A wide variety of web sites  chosen by our staff to be of interest to children

ANIMALS
ART
BIOGRAPHIES
BOOKS & AUTHORS
BLACK HISTORY
GAMES, COLORING PAGES, & ACTIVITIES
SCIENCE & NATURE
GEOGRAPHY & MAPS
HISTORY
HOMEWORK HELP
LOUISIANA
MAGAZINES FOR KIDS
MATHEMATICS
MOVIES & TV
PETS
SEARCH ENGINES
SPORTS
STATE TESTING PRACTICE
UNITED STATES


Animals

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ANIMAL PLANET
A great resource on all kinds of animals from Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet.
KIDS’ PLANET
This great site from the Defenders of Wildlife is packed with facts and activities about animals. Find information, games and coloring pages.
THE OAKLAND ZOO ANIMALS A TO Z
The Oakland Zoo has created a great page about their animals. Fun facts and pictures are provided.
MONTERAY BAY AQUARIUM
Fish fans will be thrilled to have the opportunity to take a virtual tour of one of the world’s finest aquariums. One of the neatest features is the live animal cams.
FROGGY PAGE
If you are a frog lover then this is the site for you! Pictures, jokes, sounds, facts, this site has it all.
CHILDREN’S BUTTERFLY SITE
Information for reports, coloring pages, and great photographs. All about butterflies!
DISCOVERING DINOSAURS
Encyclopedia Britannica’s fascinating online exhibit traces how our knowledge of dinosaurs have changed over time. Great site for all of those dinosaur fans.

Art

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ALBRIGHT-KNOX ARTGAMES
Tour Artie’s house to play games and create your own art. A fun way to learn about art and artists.
CARTOONSTER
Very cool online tutorial for anyone interested in drawing cartoons.
A. PINTURA ART DETECTIVE
Help A. Pintura solve the Case of Grandpa’s painting. Can you crack the case?
ARTCYCLOPEDIA
If you are wondering about a particular painting or artist, then this is the site for you. The creators have included links to examples of paintings by the artists.
THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART FOR KIDS
Explore the NGA with these cool games.
THE @RTROOM
Staff at the University of Florida have created this great virtual art room. You can play games, learn about art, and maybe be inspired to create some art of your own!
THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
Visit the world famous Met without every setting foot in New York! The museum’s site features online exhibits, games, and much more.

Biographies

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BIOGRAPHIES FOR KIDS
Limited number of biographies mostly of famous Americans. Great site for younger students to find information for reports. Each story features 6 free printables, such as word searches, study sheets and more.
BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY
Short entries on over 28,000 important people. Birth and death dates, as well as a brief summary of major accomplishments.
BIOGRAPHY.COM
Online biographies of people features on the popular A & E series Biography. Fairly comprehensive, containing biographies of little known people as well as the very famous.
BIOGRAPHY
Great site containing information about famous Americans “from Revolution to Reconstruction…and what happened afterwards.”
DISTINGUISHED WOMEN OF PAST AND PRESENT
Women from around the world from all walks of life included. Be aware that some of the links do not work anymore.
EXPLORING LEONARDO
All about the ultimate Renaissance man. Learn about his life, art, and inventions.
FIRST LADIES
The White House presents information and portraits of all of the first ladies of the USA.
INFOPLEASE BIOGRAPHIES
Information about famous people from around the world. The entries are organized by categories or you can search by name.
LIST OF POPES
These biographies are found in the Catholic Encyclopedia. Great information about all of the popes from St.Peter to John Paul II.
PRESIDENTS OF THE U.S.
The White House presents information and portraits of all of the presidents of the USA.
TOP 100 ATHLETES
ESPN presents biographies on their top 100 athletes of the 20th century.

Books & Authors

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SEUSSVILLE!
Fun site about Dr. Seuss and his books. Lots of neat games.
STORY PLACE
Divided into the Preschool Library and the Elementary Library. Each section includes online stories, activities, and recommended reading lists.
BOOK HIVE
Here you can find great books and read what kids just like you have to say about them. You may even want to review one of your favorite books for the site.
CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS HOMEPAGE
Fans of Dav Pilkey’s funny series of books will want to visit this site. You can find games and hilarious activities.
BOOK ADVENTURE
Sylvan Learning Foundation has produced this fantastic site. You can find books by your reading level and interests. You can also earn points and win prizes for reading. If you love to read then be sure to check out this site!
DAV PILKEY HOMEPAGE
Learn more about the author of such zany books as Captain Underpants and Ricky Ricotta. Great games and activities.
HARRY POTTER WEBSITE
Can’t wait for the next Harry Potter book? Check out this site by Scholastic Publishers. There are games and activities, as well as information about the books and J.K. Rowling.
JUDY BLUME’S HOME BASE
Information about this beloved author and her books.
JUST FOR KIDS WHO LOVE BOOKS
For kids ages 8-14. Has contests and book reviews by other kids. A great site designed to encourage kids to read.
NURSERY RHYMES FROM MOTHER GOOSE
A large listing of nursery rhymes.
OFFICIAL ERIC CARLE WEBSITE
Learn more about the author of Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
OFFICIAL ROBERT MUNSCH WEBSITE
Site of popular author of such books as Love you Forever and The Paper Bag Princess. You can have story-time with Mr. Munsch as he reads from some of his books!
PATRICIA POLACCO WEBSITE
Interesting author of Babushka’s Doll and other great books. Kids can enter her writing contest!
POETRY WRITING WITH JACK PRELUTSKY

Black History

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Biographies, Civil Rights Movement, Special Exhibits, Reference Resources

BIOGRAPHIES

BLACK PIONEERS AND SETTLERS OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Learn about some of the heroes who braved the unknown to settle the Northwest.
FACTMONSTER: NOTABLE AFRICAN AMERICANS
A comprehensive listing of important people that gives short biographies. Entries are categorized by occupation.
INFOPLEASE: NOTABLE AFRICAN AMERICANS
Large list which contains short biographies for each person. Biographies are listed alphabetically.
FACTS ON FILE: AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY ONLINE DATABASE
“Provides researchers with a rich web of information on more than 500 years of African-American history.” Users will be asked to log in with their Lafayette Public Library card.

CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

BIRTHPLACE OF A LEADER: MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
A nicely presented virtual tour of historic sites around Atlanta. Provides photographs and text. Also provides information about other sites important to Dr. King’s life that are outside of Atlanta.
BROWN VS. BOARD OF EDUCATION
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History presents a special exhibition, Separate is not Equal: Brown vs Board of Education, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this major turning point in American history.
FACTS ON FILE: AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY ONLINE DATABASE
“Provides researchers with a rich web of information on more than 500 years of African-American history.” Users will be asked to log in with their Lafayette Public Library card.

SPECIAL EXHIBITS

AFRICAN AMERICAN MOSAIC
A guide from the Library of Congress to materials in their collection related to Black history and culture. AFRICAN AMERICAN ODYSSEY
The Library of Congress highlights some of its special collections. Some examples are the Frederick Douglass papers and slave narratives.
NEGRO HOLOCAUST: LYNCHINGS & RACE RIOTS IN THE UNITED STATES
Describes this shameful period of American history.
UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
An interactive exhibit from National Geographic.

REFERENCE RESOURCES FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY

AFRO-AMERICAN HISTORY
Web links, countless biographies, discussions, and much more. Covers current issues also.
BLACK HISTORY HOTLIST
Collection of Internet sites covering a range of topics and events.
FACTS ON FILE: AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY ONLINE DATABASE
“Provides researchers with a rich web of information on more than 500 years of African-American history.” Users will be asked to log in with their Lafayette Public Library card.

Games, Coloring Pages, and Activies

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BARBIE.COM
Cool stuff for Barbie doll fans
DAV PILKEY’S GROOVY GAMES
The creator of the Captain Underpants books has a wild website filled with hilarious activities.
BEST PAPER AIRPLANE IN THE WORLD
You won’t believe how far this paper airplane can sail!
DINOSAURS TO COLOR ONLINE
Good for younger children.
DINOSAUR FUN AND GAMES
Great for dinosaur lovers!
FUNORAMA
Looking for something fun to do on a rainy day? This is the site for you!
FACT MONSTER ARCADE
Six great games to play.
KENDRA’S COLORING BOOK
Online coloring book that is great for kids of all ages.
FUN WITH SPOT
Fans of Spot the dog will want to check out his homepage and play some games.
GAMES KIDS PLAY
Rules for many different games as well as rhymes and more.
PEETNIK MYSTERIES
Help the strange citizens of Clutterbuck Valley solve cases. Lots of fun!
PBS KIDS COLORING PAGES
Online coloring pages of all of your favorite PBS Kids characters.
SESAME WORKSHOP
Fun and games from the folks at Sesame Street.
ROTOCOPTER
Learn how to make this mini-helicopter with items found around the house.
WACKY WEB TALES
Fill in the blanks as directed to create a fun & wacky tale of your very own.

Geography & Maps

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ALTAPEDIA ONLINE
In depth look at the world’s countries. Provides facts and statistics about the people, governments and climates. Also has a nice variety of maps.
DEPARTMENT OF STATE: BACKGROUND NOTES ON COUNTRIES
Nice country profiles. A note is made of when each entry was last updated.
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE ORIENT
Extensive information on the countries and key figures of North Africa and the Middle East.
EDUCATION PLACE OUTLINE MAPS
Great for outline maps of countries around the world (with or without labels).
FACTFINDER US CENSUS
Statistics on the American people from the U.S. Census Bureau. Another great resource for projects.
MAPQUEST
Allows you to type in starting and ending addresses and receive driving directions.
XPEDITIONS
Printer friendly maps of the continents and some countries from National Geographic.

History

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AMERICAN MEMORY
From the Library of Congresses National Digital Library. Online exhibits that address a wide range of American history. Fun to explore! Also a great source of primary documentation.
AMERICA’S STORY FROM THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Neat, interactive site that includes interesting facts and stories about “amazing Americans” and our history. Includes sound and video clips.
BEST OF HISTORY WEB
Lists of recommended links. Categorized by time period from prehistory to modern times. Includes lesson plans and activities for teachers.
A BIOGRAPHY OF AMERICA
A wonderfully comprehensive effort by the Annenberg Foundation. American history is covered from the discovery of the new continent to the 1990s. Ample information is provided for each era and is made interesting. Great site for reports.
CIVIL WAR FOR KIDS
A link to other great civil war web sites for kids.
DE IMPERATORIBUS ROMANIS: ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ROMAN EMPERORS
Lengthy biographies of the Roman emperors. They are arranged both chronologically and alphabetically. Also includes information about important battles and the family trees of the emperors.
DMARIE TIMECAPSULE
Use this handy site to find out what was happening on a particular date in history.
EGYPTIAN KINGS
History and biographical information about the age of the Egyptian kings. Arranged according to dynasty. ENCYCLOPEDIA OF U.S. HISTORY
Biographies and essays arranged by subject. For instance, the section on the “Cold War” includes information on key figures such as Richard Nixon and essays about topics such as McCarthyism.
EYEWITNESS TO HISTORY
Draws on writings of people who lived during historic events. You can choose from different time periods. Each period present several historic events. Background information and eyewitness accounts are presented.
THE GOLD RUSH
PBS’s excellent site all about the California Gold Rush.
HIROSHIMA ARCHIVE
Information about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
HISTORY CHANNEL
Updated frequently to reflect current events. Wide range of topics. Much information about shows from the History Channel. Neat feature allows you to choose a date and find out what important events occurred.
HISTORY FOR KIDS
Cute site from the British Broadcasting Channel. Kids friendly lessons on a variety of time periods.
INTERNET MEDIEVAL SOURCEBOOK: SAINTS’ LIVES
Includes notable early Christians as well as figures from the 20th century. Also give background on the process of declaring a person a saint.
LE POULET GAUCHE (16TH CENTURY FRANCE)
Gives a glimpse at life in 16th century France.
RIVERS, EDENS, AND EMPIRES: LEWIS AND CLARK AND THE REVEALING OF AMERICA
Online exhibit from the Library of Congress presents the history of the Lewis and Clark expedition into the uncharted west.
SECRETS OF LOST EMPIRES: MEDIEVAL SIEGE
Wonderful interactive site that teaches about life in a medieval castle and medieval warfare.
STORY OF AFRICA
Great site for researchers! Discover the history of the African continent.
TODAY IN HISTORY
Covers each day in the calendar year. Find out what important events occurred on this day. Includes an archive.

Louisiana

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LOUISIANA INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS
From the official state website for the State of Louisiana. Information on numerous topics are presented in brief.
LOUISIANA KIDS PAGE
A fun page with useful information plus games and puzzles.
LOUISIANA PROFILES
The Department of Culture, Recreation, & Tourism gives information about the people and history of Louisiana.
LOUISIANA PURCHASE
Brief synopsis of the key events surrounding the Louisiana Purchase.
LOUISIANA LINKS
A convenient Louisiana Internet Directory to help you find information quickly.

Magazines for Kids

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AMERICAN GIRLS
Positive magazine aimed at preteen girls.
OWLKIDS ONLINE
Provides online magazines for kids from ages 3-13.
SCHOLASTIC NEWS
Online news and information for kids.
TIME FOR KIDS
Kid version of the popular news magazine.
YAHOO K-12 SCHOOL NEWSPAPERS
See what’s happening in other schools around the country. A listing of school newspapers.

Mathematics

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AAA MATH
Covers basic math skills. Interactive practice and explanations.
ALGEBRA HELP
Clear explanations of concepts in algebra. Includes a variety of worksheets and calculators.
COOLMATH.COM
Designed to make math fun. Includes games and puzzlers, as well as help with basic math concepts, geometry and algebra. Check out the neat calculators.
FIGURE THIS!: MATH CHALLENGES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Fun math site for middle schoolers. Tons of great handouts for teachers and parents.
MATH BASEBALL
Batter up! Answer the math problem correctly and get a hit.
MATH FORUM
Resources listed by subject for K-12 to advanced mathematics. A wide range of materials for each topic.
MATH LEAGUE HELP
Explanations of mathematical concepts for grades 4-8.
MATH HELP FROM ANSWERS.COM
Resources for a variety of math-related topics.

Movies and TV

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CARTOON NETWORK
DIGIMON
DISCOVERY CHANNEL KIDS
DISNEY CHANNEL
DRAGONBALLZ
HARRY POTTER HOMEPAGE
KRATTS CREATURES AND ZOBOOMAFOO
MAGIC SCHOOLBUS
NICKELODEON
NICK JR.
PBS KIDS
SESAME STREET
STAR WARS KIDS
YAHOO MOVIES- LOCAL LISTINGS
ZOOM

Pets

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AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB
Great information about purebred dogs. Research a breed to see if it is right for you. Good tips on caring for your dog also.
ANIMALAND
Cute site from the ASPCA. Information on the humane treatment of animals. Advice for pet owners. Also includes games.
CAT FANCIERS’ ASSOCIATION
If you love pedigreed cats, then this site is purrfect for you! Information on breeds and advice for caring for cats.
DOG OWNER’S GUIDE
Online magazine for dog owners.
PETPLACE.COM
Great information about all sorts of pets. Includes sections on reptile and fish care

Science & Nature

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ASTRONOMY FOR KIDS
Brief descriptions about the planets, stars and other space objects. Explanations of the differences between meteorites, asteroids, and comets
BAM! BODY AND MIND
Center for Disease Control (CDC) gives health related information presented in a fun format. Includes facts about everything from stress to athlete’s foot.
NASA-STUDENTS
Information from NASA for kids
COOL SCIENCE FOR CURIOUS KIDS
Fun interactive site that teaches kids about the life sciences.
EXPLORATORIUM
The museum of science, art and human perception.
HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE
See spectacular images from deep space.
HURRICANE STORM SCIENCE
Learn about tracking a hurricane and hear from people who have lived through them.
SCIENCE FAIR CENTRAL
General information on science fair projects including how-to sections to ideas.
NASA KIDS
All about space exploration and the science behind it. Neat videos for some concepts.
OLOGY
Covers various aspects of natural sciences. Fun presentation.
STARCHILD
Learning center for young astronomers. Great information about space.
VOLCANO WORLD
Current information about volcanoes all around the world. Good for school projects.
WALKING WITH DINOSAURS
Great site for dinosaur lovers. Learn about dinosaurs from all eras.
WEB ELEMENTS PERIODIC TABLE
Complete periodic table. Click on each element to learn more about it.
YUCKIEST SITE ON THE INTERNET
Great place for science entertainment.
ZOOM DINOSAURS
Dinosaur page for younger kids. Includes many coloring pages.

Search the Internet

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ASK FOR KIDS
Allows you to type in a question and let Jeeves the butler find the answer online.
DOGPILE
Searches many search engines at once. Can save some time if you are wanting to do in depth research on the web.
GOOGLE
Considered by many to be “the best” search engine because of the large number of websites it accesses in its searches.
KIDSCLICK!
Wonderful kid friendly subject directory designed by librarians. You can search by looking through the subject headings or by using the search engine.
YAHOO KIDS
Kid friendly version of the ever popular Yahoo!

Sports

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BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME
News from the world of basketball. Information about hall of famers.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
Check out the latest news in college football.
MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME
Gentlemen, start your engines! News and information, plus a great virtual tour of the motorsports museum.
NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
Learn all about your favorite players and our favorite national pastime.
TOP 100 ATHLETES
Biographies on the top 100 athletes selected by ESPN.

Testing

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Louisiana Pass
The Pass System contains web-based programs that Louisiana students can use independently to learn new skills and take practice tests.

LEAP and GEE Help Center
The Testing Resource Center has materials to help Louisiana students prepare for state testing. Practice sample test items are available (which are specially designed for students to become familiar with the state testing format) as well as LEAP tutoring lessons and a tutoring hotline.

Charlie French
A LEAP testing practice center.

United States

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50 STATES.COM
Easy to use list of facts about each state. Great for school reports!
AMERICAN FOLKLORE
Have a hankering for a tall tale? Want to hear more about a folk hero like Pecos Bill? Well, then this is the site for you! Even includes a section with spooky stories
AMERICA’S STORY- EXPLORE THE STATES
Fun site by the Library of Congress. Take a virtual tour of the U.S. by clicking on the state you wish to visit. A short summary of important facts is given for each.
BEN’S GUIDE TO U.S. GOVERNMENT
Join Benjamin Franklin as he teaches us about how the U.S. Government works. Sections are divided up by grade level. Covers the three branches of government. Includes discussions of important documents such as the Constitution.
CONGRESS FOR KIDS
Fun way to learn about the importance of the U.S. Congress and how the system works.
FIRSTGOV FOR KIDS
Portal to all of the US Government agencies’ sites for kids.
JUSTICE FOR KIDS AND YOUTH
Explains the U.S. Justice Department. Covers the FBI, civil rights and America’s most wanted criminals.
LIBRARY SPOT: STATES
An array of materials on each state.
THOMAS LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION ON THE NET
Legislative information. Get current information on Congressional bills.
WHITE HOUSE FOR KIDS
Tour the White House or find out about past presidents and first ladies. There is also a section of games and activities.
WHO’S WHO IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
Great information source for short biographical entries. Includes members of the executive branch, House, Senate, heads of federal agencies, ambassadors and courts.