Sibert Nonfiction Medal & Honors Books (for children and teens)
Nonfiction Detectives – reviews of the best nonfiction books for kids (ages 5-18) by two librarians
NewsELA – a free site with a database of high interest nonfiction articles that can each be read at 5 different lexile levels. Accompanying quizzes can be used to test student comprehension. Articles are tagged with relevant Common Core State Standards.
Story Shares – a free site with high-interest, accessible novels for adolescents who struggle with reading.
Teen Ink – a magazine featuring fiction and nonfiction writing by teens; useful for student writing samples
Discover Magazine – science for the curious
Frontline – PBS’s public affairs series that features documentaries about pressing issues
This American Life – an NPR original; each episode contains multiple stories focused on a single theme
The Moth – real people tell real stories
Serial – a twelve episode series about a single story
Teen Ink – a website and printed magazine with writing by teens for teens. This site accepts art, poems, stories, personal narratives, college admission essays, and reviews of favorite (and least favorite) movies, books, colleges, and websites for their monthly print and online magazine.
Figment – a site for teenagers who love to write and want to share their work and talk about creative writing with other young people
Frodo’s Notebook – an online quarterly magazine that invites teen writers to submit personal nonfiction essays, fiction, poetry, and reviews.
Youth Voices – a National Writing Project supported site; We invite youth of all ages to voice their thoughts about their passions, to explain things they understand well, to wonder about things they have just begun to understand, and to share discussion posts with other young people using as many different genres and media as they can imagine!
Bookopolis – GoodReads for kids, where students can post and share book reviews
Launchpad – provides a creative and engaging atmosphere for young writers and artists to display their work.
Genius – interconnected websites that allow people to engage in social annotation of news, sports, literature, song lyrics, history and screenplays
Tools & Platforms
Issuu – free web-based publishing; upload PDFs for slick looking, colorful products
KidBlog – safe and simple blogging platform for students
Tumblr – blog platform more appropriate for high school students
Blogger – Google’s blogging platform; privacy settings can be adjusted
Wikispaces – a wiki platform you can use to have students publish for each other or write collaboratively