Language & Literature Websites for Gifted Kids
Please remember that before accessing any of these sites that you must first check with your parent or guardian and ask their permission. These are all third party sites, that means that we have no control over their content. For more information on internet safety for children please consult Webwise.ie, a great intiative from the National Centre for Technology in Education.
Hoagies List of Books Featuring Gifted Children - Once again Hoagies provides the one stop shop for all things gifted. This page has a brilliant list of books with gifted children at their heart with links to Amazon.com. Remember you can also check out these books to see if there are copies in your local library.
Hoagies Reading List - Comprehensive list of recommended reading for exceptionally able children of all ages.
Amazon/Hoagies List of Books for Gifted Girls - Jacqueline Wilson is great, but there are other authors!
Scholastic - great user friendly site with a section each for parents and kids.
Prufrock Press - Some great books here from writing poetry to classroom mysteries.
Dorling Kindersley Books - Where would be without good old DK books - here you can browse and buy from their children's range. Currently there's 20% off.
Harry Potter Official Website - Multimedia linked to movie spin offs. Is it literature. Who knows? Is it fun? You decide.
Artemis Fowl - new website being launched in July to coincide with the new book launch.
Captain Underpants - "WARNING: This website contains scenes and material which may be considered too silly for grown-ups, small animals, and many varieties of houseplants. If you are a grown-up, a small animal, or a houseplant, we strongly urge you to seek the permission of a kid before browsing this site!" Enough said.
42Explore - English & Language Arts - Great online resource where you can find information on a subject through exploring suggested websites, then you can complete a set of activities.
International Digital Childrens' Library- amazing site where you can find "the best in children's literature available online". Great resource particularly if you enjoy languages.
Bookhooks- "is an online book reporting toolkit for young readers. Bookhooks facilitates the publication of online book reviews. Book reports can be editorial (traditional reports/reviews) or generative (stories, poems, photographs, visual art responses to books) and submissions can be supplemented with illustrations."
Childrens Books Forever - Free download of classic children's books, some of which are now out of print. Great resource.
Interactive Spelling Bee - Fancy yourself an ace speller! Well test yourself with this interactive site for primary school students.
Centre for Next Generation Localisation (CNGL), an SFI-funded university-based research consortium located at DCU, UCD, TCD and UL organised the first ever All-Ireland Linguistics Olympiad in April 2009. CNGL invited transition-year and 5th-year students in Ireland with an interest in languages and good analytical skills to put them together, learn about linguistics, and participate in this fun competition, with a view to representing Ireland in the International Linguistics Olympiad in Poland this summer. This was an amazing opportunity for schools and students to participate in an International Olympiad. This competition is now over but if you would like information on next year's event please contact Cara Greene of the CNGL by tel 01 7006704 or by email to email@example.com for more details.
Storyonline.net - beautifully produced series of video books read by famours US actors. Each book comes with activity sheets and lesson plans. All are subtitled for hard of hearing students.
Childrens Books Ireland - the national children's book organisation of Ireland. "CBI is involved in many activities and aims to engage young people with books, create greater understanding of the importance of books for young people and resource everyone with an interest in books for children." Lots of events, workshops and competitions.
Disclaimer: This is not an expert site, it is run on a voluntary basis and as such is based on opinion and experience but we hope that it acts as a signpost for educational resources and other support services for Irish families with exceptionally able children. By using this website you accept that any dependence by you on such information, opinion or advice is at your own risk.