A Library for the World’s Children!

September 2nd, 2015 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »
It’s Wednesday, September 2, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!
Recommended Website:
Age Range: 3-13 (Grades PreK-8, with parental supervision)
Designed with the help of children from around the world, it is actually easier for youngsters to navigate than for adults. If you get lost, just pass your mouse over to the nearest child and watch how simple everything suddenly becomes! The large, eye-catching picture of a book which appears on almost every page of this site is easily located and mouse-clicked even by children with very small fingers. Book selection is a snap, and reading the books is easy too; it’s all a matter of clicking on the pictures, large arrows, and magnifying glasses as needed. But don’t go away; the littlest ones will still need someone to read the stories aloud to them! Oh, and maximizing the window makes for easier reading.
Parents will be interested to know that this site originated from the University of Maryland. Currently, the ICDL collection includes 4,619 books in 59 languages, with more being added all the time. In addition to a number of familiar classics and rare books, this site houses many fresh new titles, written by authors all around the world in many different languages, made available here with the goal of promoting international understanding and tolerance. Thousands of adults and children from all over the world have been accessing this site since its first appearance on the web in 2002.

If you can coax your mouse back from your aforementioned child, you can learn more about this site and how to navigate it the grown-up way by “mousing around.” Start by going back to the home page (click the picture of a house at the top left corner of the screen). One grown-up way to navigate is to follow the menu across the top of the page. Here you can access the following: 

  • Read Books: Here is where you will probably want to spend most of your time, as you will be most likely to find just the right book to read. You can search by country, keywords, author and illustrator, or recently added books; you can select “advanced search” and search by color, age level, language, and more; or you can browse the award-winning books, featured books, White Ravens List, or the entire book list. What is the White Ravens List? Select that option and find out!
  • Sign In: This is an optional way to keep track of the titles of your favorite books, or go back to where you left off in that book you were reading last time, from any computer.

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