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For Readers, Teachers and Librarians | For Writers

FOR READERS, TEACHERS AND LIBRARIANS
100 Essential Sites for Voracious Readers Categories include: General Literature and Publishing, Literary Magazines, Book Reviews, Literary Criticism and Book Club Blogs. (Link)
Academy of American Poets Poems and poet biographies, essays, interviews, and poetry recordings. (Link)
  • National Poetry Map
Find poets, events, lietary journals, writing programs and poetry organizations. (Link)
  • National Events Calendar
Poetry events calendar that features an option for submitting poetry events. (Link)
American Library Association (ALA) Great resource for information abut libraries, conferences and any number of national literary happenings. (Link)
  • Author Visits
Information about arranging author visits. (Link)
  • Book and Media Award Lists
Awards listed include the Ralph Caldecott Medal, Coretta Scott King Book Awards, John Newbery Medal and Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. (Link)
  • Children's Notable Lists
Current and past lists of the best in children's books, recordings, and videos. Prepared by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association. (Link)
  • Literary Landmarks
Provides a directory of literary landmarks by state, as well as information on how to dedicate a literary landmark. Prepared by United for Libraries, which is a division of the American Library Association. (Link)
  • Recommended Reading
List of links to ALA's literature award winners and various notable reading lists for all ages, sorted by age group. (Link)
Book Browse BookBrowse is an online magazine for booklovers - including reviews, previews, "behind the book" backstories, author interviews, reading guides, and much more. (Link)
  • Reading Guides
Over 500 free reading group discussion guides available. (Link)
  • Read-Alikes
Books similar to recommended books, and authors with similar writing styles. (Link)
Children's Book Council National nonprofit trade association of children’s book publishers, dedicated to supporting and informing the industry and fostering literacy. (Link)
  • Reading Lists
Reading lists and round-ups to help teachers, librarians, parents, caregivers, and booksellers discover wonderful books for the kids and teens in their lives. (Link)
Every Child a Reader Not-for-profit literacy organization dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children. (Link)
  • Children's Book Week
National celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. (Link)
  • National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature
Program that raises national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education and the development and betterment of the lives of young people. (Link)
  • Children's Choice Book Awards
Awards program created to provide young readers with an opportunity to voice their opinions about the books being written for them and to develop a reading list that will motivate children to read more and cultivate a life-long love of reading. (Link)
First Book Organization that provides new books to children in need. (Link)
  • Receive Books
Register to receive books. (Link)
  • Starting an Advisory Board
Help spread the magic of books and a love of reading to children in need within your community. (Link)
Fresh Fiction Book and author information for readers of Mystery, Thrillers, Romance, Suspense, Fantasy, and Science Fiction. (Link)
Great Books Foundation Promotes reading and public discourse through book discussion groups. (Link)
Illinois! Illinois! An Annotated Bibliography of Fiction Bibliography of fiction about Illinois. It is arranged by five chronological chapters covering pre-statehood years through 1997. There are author, title, and subject indexes. (Link)
Illinois Poet Laureate, Kevin Stein An ambassador for poetry, Dr. Stein's mission is to make “poetry more available and more accessible to people in their everyday lives”. He is a founding sponsor and final judge of the Illinois Center for the Book's Illinois Emerging Writers Competition Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award. (Link)
  • Bread and Steel
Bread & Steel: Illinois Poets Reading from Their Works(Link)
  • Poetry Now Project
Purpose of Poetry Now Project is create an audience for contemporary poetry in locales not generally immersed in the current poetry scene. (Link)
  • Illinois Youth Poetry
To encourage poetry writing among our state's youth.(Link)
Illinois Reading Council Advocates quality literacy opportunities for all learners and serves as a primary organization that provides educators access to research, materials and methodologies to promote and teach lifelong literacy and learning. (Link)
  • Awards and Grants
Learn how you can nominate individuals from your area for awards or how to benefit from grant money that is available each year for various educational activities.(Link)
  • Illinois Reads
An eight month reading program focused on reading for all ages at home, during the summer and in the classroom. The program kicks off at the Illinois Reading Council's Annual Conference's Welcome Reception in March and culminates on Family Reading Night. (Link)
James Jones Literary Society Aims to further appreciation for Jone's writings and his other accomplishments that are significant to the study and appreciation of 20th Century literature. The Society seeks to keep his works in print, to encourage Jones scholarship, and to honor him by conferring a $10,000 annual First Novel Fellowship upon an unpublished writer. (Link)
Library of Congress The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library's mission is to support the Congress in fulfilling its constitutional duties and to further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people. (Link)
  • Author Webcasts
You can see and hear your favorite authors discuss their work and how they have used the Library of Congress's extraordinary resources in their work. (Link)
  • Center for the Book
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress was established by public law in 1977 to promote books, reading, literacy and libraries, as well as the scholarly study of books. Since its founding, the Center has established affiliate centers in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. (Link)
  • National Book Festival
Organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, the annual festival encourages Americans to develop a lifelong love of reading. The National Book Festival features events such as storytelling by children’s book authors and book signings by some of America’s most popular fiction writers, biographers, illustrators and poets. (Link)
National Book Foundation Literary awareness site from the sponsors of the National Book Award. (Link)
National Education Association (NEA) The nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. (Link)
  • Read Across America
This year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources. (Link)
  • Grants and Awards
Opportunities for Educators, Students, Schools, and Communities. (Link)
Ninth Letter Ninth Letter is a collaborative arts and literary project produced by the Graduate Creative Writing Program and School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Ninth Letter is a partner with the Illinois Center for the Book in the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition. (Link)
The Poetry Center of Chicago Its mission is to promote poetry through readings, workshops, residencies and arts education, to make poetry accessible to the general public, to stimulate and encourage young poets, and to advance the careers of poets by offering them professional opportunities. (Link)
The Poetry Foundation The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. (Link)
  • Poetry Foundation Library
The Midwest’s only library dedicated exclusively to poetry, the Poetry Foundation Library exists to promote the reading of poetry in the general public, and to support the editorial needs of all Poetry Foundation programs and staff. (Link)
Quiddity International Literary Journal and Public-Radio Program Quiddity is a multimedia arts venue featuring an international literary journal (print and audio), a public-radio program, and a visiting writer and artist series. Each is produced by Benedictine University in partnership with NPR member/PRI affiliate WUIS, Illinois Public Radio’s hub-station. Quiddity is a publishing partner with the Illinois Center for the Book in the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition. (Link)
Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF) The largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the United States. Its mission is to motivate young children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. For that goal, RIF provides new, free books for children to choose from and make their own. (Link)
  • Books for Ownership
RIF’s flagship program that provides children with free books and motivational activities. (Link)
  • Care to Read
This program helps childcare staff in center- and home-based programs support children’s emergent literacy. (Link)
RHINO A non-profit literary organization with an annual journal featuring high-quality, diverse poetry, short/shorts and translations. RHINO is a partner with the Illinois Center for the Book in the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition. (Link)
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) - Illinois Chapter A professional organization specifically for those individuals writing and illustrating for children and young adults in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia. SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people. (Link)
  • Illinois Speakers Directory
This list of talented professionals is the place for librarians, educators and special event planners in Illinois and surrounding states to find the perfect speaker to match their needs. (Link)


FOR WRITERS
Academy of American Poets Dedicated to assisting poets at all stages of their careers and creating awareness of the importance of poetry. (Link)
Chicago Writers Association Creative community of Chicagoland writers willing to share information, experiences and encouragement. (Link)
Council of Literary Magazines & Presses Gateway to information on non-profit and literary publishing options, sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. (Link)
Downstate Story Magazine An Independent Not-for-Profit Literary Magazine that is published every fall with an entry deadline of June 30 of each year. All varieties of genres are accepted. Anyone can submit work. Downstate Story is a partner with the Illinois Center for the Book in the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition. (Link)
Illinois Poet Laureate, Kevin Stein An ambassador for poetry, Dr. Stein's mission is to make “poetry more available and more accessible to people in their everyday lives”. He is a founding sponsor and final judge of the Illinois Center for the Book's Illinois Emerging Writers Competition Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award. (Link)
Illinois State Poetry Society Member of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, this organization was formed to encourage the crafting and enjoyment of poetry in the State of Illinois. (Link)
Independent Writers of Chicago A non-profit professional association of freelance writers who are located primarily in the Chicago metropolitan area. Our members represent a broad range of writing specialties and serve large corporations, small businesses, and not-for-profit organizations not only throughout Chicagoland but around the world. (Link)
James Jones Literary Society Aims to further appreciation for Jone's writings and his other accomplishments that are significant to the study and appreciation of 20th Century literature. The Society seeks to keep his works in print, to encourage Jones scholarship, and to honor him by conferring a $10,000 annual First Novel Fellowship upon an unpublished writer. (Link)
LITLINE Resources for the independent literary community and the Spoon River Poetry Review, from Illinois State University. (Link)
  • Illinois Writers Directory
In early 1998, the Illinois Arts Council sent questionaires to over three-hundred writers living in Illinois for the purpose of creating an Illinois Writers Directory. Writers listed in the directory are encouraged to submit updates and/or corrections to their bios at anytime. (Link)
  • Illinois Literary Network
The Illinois Literary Network is hosted by the Unit for Contemporary Literature on the campus of Illinois State University and funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council. (Link)
National Writers Association Foundation Non-profit providers of workshops and scholarships for American writers. (Link)
Ninth Letter Ninth Letter is a collaborative arts and literary project produced by the Graduate Creative Writing Program and School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Ninth Letter is a partner with the Illinois Center for the Book in the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition. (Link)
Poetic License Press A publishing partner in the Illinois Center for the Book's Illinois Emerging Writers Competition. (Link)
The Poetry Foundation The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. (Link)
  • Poetry Magazine - Submissions
Submissions and Letters to the Editor. (Link)
Poets & Writers Information, support, and guidance for creative writers since 1970. (Link)
  • Connect with Other Writers
Find writing tips and inspiration, or join discussions about literary agents, writing conferences, and creative writing contests. (Link)
  • Tools for Writers
databases of creative writing contests and grants for writers, MFA programs, literary journals, and much more. (Link)
Quiddity International Literary Journal and Public-Radio Program Quiddity is a multimedia arts venue featuring an international literary journal (print and audio), a public-radio program, and a visiting writer and artist series. Each is produced by Benedictine University in partnership with NPR member/PRI affiliate WUIS, Illinois Public Radio’s hub-station. Quiddity is a publishing partner with the Illinois Center for the Book in the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition. (Link)
RHINO A non-profit literary organization with an annual journal featuring high-quality, diverse poetry, short/shorts and translations. RHINO is a partner with the Illinois Center for the Book in the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition. (Link)
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) - Illinois Chapter A professional organization specifically for those individuals writing and illustrating for children and young adults in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia. SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people. (Link)
  • Critique Groups
Join a group of writers and/or illustrators who support one another and offer feedback on one another’s work. (Link)
Springfield Poets and Writers Goal is to inspire and support the literary arts. (Link)
  • News and Contests
Listing of news, poetry contests and events. (Link)
United States Copyright Office The U.S. Copyright Office administers the national copyright system and provides advice on copyright law to congress, federal agencies, the courts and the public. (Link)
Winning Writers Finds and creates quality resources for poets and writers. (Link)
Writers' Center A non-profit organization whose mission is to cultivate the creation, publication, presentation, and dissemination of literary work. (Link)