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The Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California
The Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California (ACL) has a website that includes storytime ideas and a "BayViews" section with news, annotated book lists, and articles concerning children's services and programming. Articles and storytime suggestions are added on a monthly basis.

Children's Picture Book Database
E. Wayne Carp, child historian and H-Childhood Book Review Editor, recommends the University of Miami Children's Picture Book Database of over 4,000 picture books for children, searchable by discipline or alphabet, to help teachers, parents and librarians find young children's books that are appropriate for specific topics or interests.
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Websites for Children

StoryPlace
PreK-Gr 2 — This public library site redefines the term storytime. The five animated stories in the "PreSchool Library" link include sounds, read-along text, and narration. Each story has a related online learning activity, an at-home activity, and a list of books so kids can "read more about it." Sponsor: Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (NC). Don’t miss: "Clyde’s Smile" and the Spanish version of all the stories and activities here. Detour: Before leaving, click on the "Book Hive," where kids can see reviews of cool books. Watch for the addition of the "Early Elementary Library". Tech stuff: Shockwave and Flash 4. (source: Gail Junion-Metz’s column in the July 2000 School Library Journal, page 29)
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Between the Lions
PreK-Gr 2 — Each week, this site, related to the PBS TV show, features a different online story. For a complete list, click on the "Main Site Index" link at the bottom of the home page. Each story has 12 games with different themes and activities. Sponsor: PBS and WGBH Boston. Don’t Miss: From the "Main Site Index," go to the "Word Helper" section, a great online dictionary.

Sesame Street–Stories
PreK-Gr 2 — A collection of nine stories, many of which allow kids to make choices that change the stories as they read along. Kids click on their favorite Sesame Street characters, such as Elmo, Oscar, or Telly, to locate stories featuring them. The stories are not animated, nor do they have sounds, which is a plus for libraries/parents with older computers and slower modem connections. Sponsor: Children’s Television Workshop. Don’t Miss: "Zoo Who with Betty Lou," a story that changes each time kids choose a different animal part. Tech Stuff: Shockwave. (source: Gail Junion-Metz’s column in the July 2000 School Library Journal, page 29)
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