Books & Things

CD-ROMs are the Cool Drill-Learning Games

Got a kid? Got a Computer? Get a CD-ROM for hours of entertaining, interactive learning available for check-out at Finkelstein Library.  Here are just some of Librarian Elyse’s Top Picks:

Jumpstart Typing : Just like all the other popular Jumpstart games, PLUS your child will learn how to type on a keyboard.  This skill will allow students to breeze through homework assignments. Operating Systems (OS) : Win-Vista / XP / 2000 .  Other typing games available for check-out include Mavis Beacon Keyboarding Kidz and Typing Instructor for Kids. 

Magic School Bus Lands on Mars : This popular TV-Show and book series is taken to another level when children can explore the red planet Mars through their PC.  This game is out of this world! OS: WIN – 98 or Later/ NT4; Mac – 8.1 or Later/ 9 or Higher

Phonics Mini-Books : Perfect for the parents and teachers looking to incorporate phonics into their education.  These engaging hands-on activities where created by teachers and include easy-to-use digital workbooks.  OS: WIN- 7, VISTA, XP MAC – OS X 10.4 or Higher

Clifford the Big Red Dog Musical Memory Games : Fans of music and the loveable Clifford will delight in building their memory, creativity and problem solving skills with 19 entertaining challenges designed for children ages 4-6 years old.   OS: WIN-XP, 2000, Me, 98 MAC – OS 8.6-9.2, OS X

Looking for a good book or a great resource?  Find book lists and links to award winning titles below. 




Authors & Illustrators




Native Americans



American Girl read-a-likes 

Cars, Trains and Trucks Picture Books 

Wordless Picture Books & their benefits  


Booklist Editors’ Choice is committed to providing a broad selection of outstanding books that mixes popular appeal with literary excellence. Books for Youth editorial staff of one of the leading book journals has chosen the titles below as best-of-the-year fiction, nonfiction, and picture books.

Caldecott Award is named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

John Newberry Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Notable Children's Books is created by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and includes picture books, chapter books and non-fiction titles for all ages. 

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, awards the most distinguished contribution to the body of American children’s literature known as beginning reader books published in the United States during the preceding year, selected by an Association for Library Service to Children committee.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. of Jacksonville, Illinois. ALSC administers the award.

Scholastic Book Wizard has a search box for similar books or ReadALikes®.   Just type your current favorite title and find many additional books.  Use the book wizard’s all book search box for finding a specific book’s reading level or grade.  The last box is to create reading lists based on reading level like Lexile®, Guided Reading, DRA and Grade Level.


The Amelia Bloomer Book List an annual annotated book list (or bibliography) of well-written and well-illustrated books with significant feminist content, intended for young readers (ages birth through 18). It is compiled by a committee of the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA). 

The Christopher Awards, first presented in 1949, were established by Christopher founder Father James Keller to salute media that “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.” Their goal is to encourage men, women and children to pursue excellence in creative arenas that have the potential to influence a mass audience positively. Award winners encourage audiences to see the better side of human nature and motivate artists and the general public to use their best instincts on behalf of others.

Coretta Scott King Book Awards is designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards annually recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience.  Further, the Award encourages the artistic expression of the black experience via literature and the graphic arts in biographical, social, and historical treatments by African American authors and illustrators.  It is administered by Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).  

Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.  Selected by an ALSC committee, these books are picture and chapter formats. 

Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences, administered by ALA.


Best Apps for Teaching and Learning The apps recognized as Best Apps for Teaching & Learning are of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the AASL's Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. The apps foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration and are user friendly to encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video honors outstanding video productions for children released during the previous year. The annual award is given to the video's producer by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of ALA, through a Carnegie endowment.

The Great Interactive Software for Kids list identifies exemplary computer software and multi-platform media for children currently available.

Notable Children's Recordings Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children's recordings from music to books on CD.