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Award Books
Mitten Awards:
The Mitten Award is presented annually to a children's book by the Michigan Library Association's Childrens Services Division.

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Bestsellers & Critics' Choices
This site serving booksellers, publishers, and book lovers provides reviews, forthcoming titles, and author profiles.
New York Times Bestseller List:
Discover popular adult fiction and nonfiction hardcover books and paperbacks. This site also includes a list for children's books.
Publishers Weekly:
Includes a sidebar with the current bestsellers.
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Book Group Guides
Reading Group Choices:
Includes "Ten Tips for Starting and Running a Successful Book Club".
Vintage Reading Group Center:
Vintage Books provides recommendations, book group planning tips, excerpts and reading group guides.
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Books & Series Books
Funbrain Reading:
Check out these Web Books and Mad Libs!
Juvenile Series & Sequels:
Search for series books titles.
Find a book's lexile level.
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ABEBooks (Advanced Book Exchange):
A network of used, secondhand, rare, and out-of-print booksellers around the world.
A commercial resource for hard-to-find books including collectible titles.
Free Downloadable Ebooks:
Links to 20 of the best websites that permit you to download free Ebooks to your computer. Categories range from science and engineering to fiction, depending on the site.
John K. King Used & Rare Books:
Find directions to and hours for this Metro Detroit bookstore. Search their rare book stock through abebooks.com.
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Foreign Languages
Babel Fish:
This language translator tool provides English and foreign language translation for blocks of text and web sites.
A partnership among the National Endowment for the Humanities, Verizon Foundation and the National Trust for the Humanities, this site is a treasure trove of materials for teachers and parents, bringing online humanities and foreign language resources from some of the world's great museums, libraries, cultural centers and museums.
International Book Collections in Michigan - by Language:
Compiled by the Canton Public Library, this link provides a table showing which libraries carry specific language material
International Children's Digital Library:
For parents and children (3-13), this site is free and provides full text children's books in English as well as in international languages.
International Languages - free courses and essential phrases:
BBC website with free video online courses & resources for 7= languages. Review essential phrases in 36 languages. RSS available
Language Helpers:
Free language translation project that provides dictionaries; phrase and words covering basics, shopping, money, travel and much more in German, French, Russian, Spanish and Latvian.
Mango Languages:
This database provides foreign language instruction in Spanish, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, English for Polish Speakers, and English for Spanish speakers. This application does require the latest version of Flash 9 to be installed.
Multilingual keyboard:
This site enables you to write in your language wherever you are in the world, with an online onscreen keyboard emulator. The main purpose of this site is to let everyone who gets stuck without the ability to write/type/search the internet in their own language be able to do just that (usually travelers/tourists or anyone in front of a foreign computer).
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Genre Fiction
All about Romance: If You Like...:
Although somewhat dated, this useful compilation from the All About Romance site suggests similar romance writers.
Complete African-American Author Listing:
From Achebe to Zane; below is a list of over 800 African-American authors or authors who have written books important to the African-American community.
Library Booklists and Bibliographies:
Many booklists, primarily fiction, some nonfiction; "readalike" lists; reading group resources.
The Mystery Reader:
Find reviews for thrillers, suspense, cozy mysteries, romantic suspense, and historical mysteries.
The Romance Reader:
Find news and reviews of various types of romance novels.
Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Awards:
Find top picks, reviews for Regency, inspirational, historical and other romance books.
Stop, You're Killing Me:
This site is a resource for the lovers of mystery, intrigue and suspense books searchable by author and character.
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Grammar & Style Sheets
A+ Research & Writing:
ipl2 (internet public library) is hosted by Drexel University and partnered with Drexel | FSU | Illinois | Pittsburgh | Rutgers | Syracuse | UNC | UT Austin | Washington, this website provides step by step research & writing, information search and links to online resources for high school and college students.
Citing Internet & Electronic Resources:
The UC Berkeley Library provides instructions and examples for citing several types of electronic resources in various styles including MLA, Chicago, APA, CBE and Turabian.
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Literary Awards
American Book Sellers Book Industry Awards:
American Booksellers Association provides links to lists of literary awards, both American and International.
Macavity Awards:
Named for the "mystery cat" of T.S. Eliot, each year the members of Mystery Readers International nominate their favorites.
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Literary Criticism & Texts
Literary Criticism:
he ipl2 Literary Criticism Collection contains critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period.
This multimedia site provides biographical information and English literature texts from the Medieval, Renaissance, and 17th century time periods; much of the content has been gathered from the Norton Anthology of English Literature. Images from these ages available.
On-line Books Page:
Hosted by the University of Pennsylvania, the Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all.
Online Texts Collection:
An annotated collection of high quality Internet resources, selected by ipl2 staff for their usefulness in providing accurate, factual information on a particular topic or topics
Project Gutenberg:
Free access to the full text of classic books from authors such as Poe and Dante to popular stories from well-loved favorites like the Sherlock Holmes stories; you will not find current bestsellers or any works still under copyright.
Shakespeare Bookshelf:
Internet Public Library's and Librarians Internet Index provides a list of Shakespearean sites including full text works.
Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers of Color:
This project from the University of Minnesota focuses on North American women writers of color, covering biographical author information and quotes, literary criticism, images, and related links.
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Poetry & Quotations
The Academy of American Poets:
Provides biographical information on over 400 poets, the text of select poems, current events and poetry links.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations:
A standard work of over 11,000 searchable quotations.
Poetry & Literature Center for Library of Congress:
Poetry pages of the Library of Congress. Learn about current and past Poet Laureates, find poetry links, and experience multimedia poetry cybercasts. Contains Poetry 180, A Poem a Day for American High Schools.
The Quotations Archive:
Searchable database of general purpose quotations. Search by author or subject. Includes special interest section of quotations about love and marriage.
Representative Poetry Online:
This site is based on a book and offers a comprehensive amount of factual information on poets and their works including the text of almost 3,000 English poems. Search by poem title, poet, or browse a timeline, calendar or glossary.
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Reading Lists for Adults
Library Booklists and Bibliographies:
Many booklists, primarily fiction, some nonfiction; "readalike" lists; reading group resources.
Nonfiction That Reads Like Fiction:
Links to library lists throughout the US. Lists are compiled of non-fiction material that is every bit as exciting and compelling as what the pleasure reader expects from fiction.
What's Next:
A searchable index of adult AND youth fiction series from the Kent District Library.
Find books that match your reading interests along a continuum of acceptable boundaries and emotional levels as well as character, plot and setting selection choices.
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Reading Lists for Kids
Accelerated Reading - Book Finder:
Use this resource to look for AR books.
Guys Read:
Find recommended books that guys like on this site designed by author, Jon Scieszka.
Kids Reads:
Reviews of popular books, book trivia, author facts and lists of their books. There's also an option to sign-up for the "Bookworm Newsletter."
Look for some great book recommendations for kids from author, James Patterson.
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Reading Lists for Teens
Book Divas:
"The Leading Online Book Club for YA and College Readers"
Book Loons for Teens:
This site offers teen book reviews, an email newsletter service, updates on new books, book series information and more.
Great Scavenger Hunt:
Fill out the trivia challenges posted by authors for chances to win prizes for yourself and your library!
Harper Collins has provided an online forum "that connects rising stars in teen lit with talent-spotting readers and publishing professionals."
Printz Award:
The American Library Association sponsors the Michael L. Printz Award each year for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.
Reading Rants:
Check out this blog for teen booklists and reviews put together by a teen librarian and other teen reviewers. These reviews are interesting and honest!
Smart Girl:
Share your poems and letters with others or write and post your own reviews of books, music, games, and movies.
Teen Fire:
This is a great source for writers and readers to be inspired run by Sourcebooks Inc.
Teen Ink:
Written by teens for teens. A publication of The Young Authors Foundation, Inc.
Thumbs Up Award:
Teen Services Division of the Michigan Library Association awards a book once a year for excellence in Teen/Young Adult literature
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Resources for Writers
Michigan Center for the Book:
MCFB is a program of the Library of Michigan & its affiliates that encourages and produces programs and resources which promote books, reading, authors and libraries throughout the state.
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