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Search by geography, Lexile, appeal terms, writing and illustration style, subject. Restrict to age 0-8 or 9-12. Feautures Author Read-alikes, awards, book discussion guides, book talks, feature articles, grab and go book lists.common core connections and picture book extenders.

  • CultureGrams

Kids Edition:More than 100 country reports teaches upper elementary-aged children more about the world around them. Each report includes cultural information, with images, timeline, facts, and sections on population, “life as a kid,” and more. Includes Teaching Activities, Curriculum Standards
States Edition: These state reports help upper elementary-aged students understand the diversity and history of each U.S. State and the District of Columbia. Reports includes maps, flags, symbols, timelines, history, economy, geography, population and more.

World Book’s Early Peoples examines such ancient civilizations of the Chinese, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, North America’s Native Americans and Mayan and Aztec cultures. Sections include: the origins and rise of each civilization or culture; social structure and the role of women; methods of warfare; daily life and customs; diet; housing; legal system; religion, spiritual beliefs, and holidays; advances in science; arts and crafts; eventual decline; and the culture’s legacy in the modern world.  Content is correlated to Kentucky standards. Educator Tools, Videos, Lesson Plans, Activities, Recommended Websites, Interactive Features

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) eBook platform offers users access from any Internet-connected device or downloadable PDFs for offline reading, as well as text-to-speak technology. GVRL is a collection of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for general research. These eBooks are available 24/7 with no checkout. Titles can be browsed, searched and downloaded anytime. Use “advanced search” to limit the target audience to “Children’s–Lower elementary” or “Children’s–Upper elementary”

A Scholastic Publishing resource targeted for Grades 3 and up includes nonfiction subjects, multimedia encyclopedia ,120,000 articles with Lexile levels, 340,000 editor vetted web links, an interface based on age, search results based on reading level, interactive maps, and today in history feature.

Digital resource with thousands of easy-to-read articles, engaging images and illustrations, interactive games, activities and maps, outline maps and flags, a biography center and  science projects.

Multimedia science learning -Designed for grades 3-6 -400+ article -Dynamic videos -Interactive games -Hands-on science projects, experiments, and activities -Text to speech for articles and citations -Lesson plans, handouts, and curriculum correlations for educators

Earth & Space Science informs learners about key earth and space science topics including earth cycles, ecosystems and biomes, energy and matter, landforms, maps, natural disasters, rocks and minerals, environmental issues, the scientific method, space, water, and weather and climate.

Life Science informs learners about key life science topics including animals; classification; endangered and extinct species; food chains and food webs; green living; habitats and ecosystems; the human body; life cycles; plants; and survival and adaptation.

Overviews of and autobiographical essays by popular children’s authors and illustrators that typically cover personal life, career, writings, adaptations, and additional sources.

žAn interactive resource that let’s students read a True Book online then do activities related to the subject to reinforce and motivate learning.  Extras include videos, recommended websites, project ideas, lesson plans, and quizzes.  Subjects include social studies, history, and science.


  • PebbleGo Social Studies (Article ListPebbleGo is a PreK-3 database for reading and research. PebbleGo databases try to make learning and improving reading and research skills fun by building on children’s interest. Databases are simple to navigate and offer reading supports such as read-along audio and word-by-word highlighting. 


  • Encyclopedia Britannica Children Presents new information and gradually builds upon it, making reading and research more manageable for young users. Streamlined homepage enables kids to access content at their reading level in an age-appropriate environment.


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