Resources: Language Arts/Reading

The Younghee Kim-Wait (AC 1982) Pablo Eisenberg Native American Literature Collection
In August 2013, Amherst College acquired one of the most comprehensive collections of books by Native American Indian authors ever assembled by a private collector. The collection includes fiction, poetry, history, philosophy, sermons, anthropological works, photography, activism, books for children, and much more. The aim is to document as thoroughly as possible the full spectrum of Native American writing and intellectual life from the 18th century to the present.  Browse images of the collection and contact if you would like to view the books. 

Who's Who and What's What in the Books of Dr. Seuss
Dartmouth Digital Library Initiatives digitized a guide through the world of Dr. Suess.

Author Portrait Photographs of the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature
On the New York Public Library's online collection of prints and photographs from the Berg Collection of English and American Literature, viewers are able to now put a face to the names of well known historic authors, such as Louisa May Alcott, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Walt Whitman.

Weekly Writing Bug
Engaging writing prompts at Education World. For example, "What if you woke up to discover that you had been turned into something else? What thing were you turned into? Describe what your day was like."

Reading Rockets
A bilingual site for Spanish speaking parents; provides information, activities, and advice on helping children learn to read and succeed.

Knowing Poe: The Literature, Life, and Times of Edgar Allan Poe 
Resources have been created especially for Maryland students in middle and high school: lesson plans created by Maryland teachers, primary source documents, links for further research, and materials for fun family activities related to Edgar Allan Poe.

Reading A to Z: A Complete Online Reading Program 
A project of, Reading a-z provides educators with over 150 downloadable guided reading books to help children become more proficient readers. The site also contains over 212 lessons plans, over 500 worksheets, and over 200 flash cards to help teach alphabetic principle, phonemic awareness, and sound/symbol relationships. Although there is an annual subscription fee, viewers currently have free access to 28 sample books, along with their accompanying worksheets and lesson plans. Elementary teachers, home schoolers, and parents may find this site useful.

Created by a partnership of the National Endowment for the Humanities; designed to help teachers integrate peer-reviewed Internet resources into their literature, history, art and culture, and foreign language classes. The site gathers together seventy humanities websites chosen for their outstanding intellectual quality, superior design, and classroom impact. 
Features include Word of the Day, Quote of the Week, language and writing tips, and education resources. Users may also email queries to the Oxford Word and Language Service.