The American Library Association’s great sites

The full title for this site is “700+ Great Sites: Amazing, Spectacular, Mysterious, Colorful Websites for Kids and the Adults Who Care About Them.” The list is compiled by the Children and Technology Committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association.

Sites for children are organized by category: Arts and Entertainment, Literature and Language, People Past and Present, Planet Earth and Beyond, and Science and Technology.

Sample sites include Marsalis on music (, where children can learn about jazz and rhythm as they listen to snippets of Winton Marsalis’s music, and Science is Fun (, a source for home experiments like bending water using static electricity.

There are also links to adult sites, such as internet resources for special needs children, and a page called “Selection criteria: How to tell if you are looking at a great web site.” Among the characteristics the ALSC uses to evaluate sites are authorship, purpose, design, and usefulness of content.

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