Literature & Reading

Book Reviews, Lists, Suggestions

Books for Youth

A Book and A Hug
Reviews of books for children through teens. Includes a page with Read-Alike recommendations.
Elizabeth Burns (A Chair, a Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy) (blog)
A discussion of books, movies, and TV shows; with an emphasis on books for children and teens.
Finding Wonderland (blog)
We blog to share and celebrate young adult books, especially books with multicultural characters.
Goodreads Listopia: YA Books
Tell us what titles or genres you’ve enjoyed in the past, and we’ll give you surprisingly insightful recommendations. Or see what books other people are discussing!
Book reviews for students, by students.
Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List
Nice list from a library in Texas.
Reading Rants! Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists!
A group of booklists for those of you teens out there who need a good read, but are wondering if there’s life after Judy Blume and Brian Jacques. Besides the booklists, the blog features regular reviews and links to other teen lit blogs and websites.

Facebook page for teens from the New York State Library.
Reviews of books by author or genre, with many author interviews available.
YALSA: Book Awards & Booklists
Lists of award-winning and popular books for teenagers from the Young Adult Service section of the ALA.

Book Reviews
BookBrowse carefully selects from the best current books and provides you with multiple reviews and a substantial excerpt of each, plus author interviews and biographies, reading guides, giveaways and quizzes.
Online magazine offering book reviews, author interviews, booklists, and more.
Commonsense Media: Book Reviews
Reviews of books with notes about whether they contain Educational value, Positive messages, Violence, Sex, Language, etc. While these reviews are aimed at parents, they can be useful for anyone looking for a quick overview of the appropriateness of a particular title.
Critical Mass
The Blog of the National Book Critics Circle Board of Directors
LA Times Book Reviews
Los Angeles Times book reviews online.
Locus Magazine Online
Science fiction & fantasy articles and reviews.
Lost Titles, Forgotten Rhymes
This guide is intended to help readers identify a literary work when they know only its plot or subject, or other textual information such as a character’s name, a line of poetry, or a unique word or phrase. From the Library of Congress.
National Book Foundation
Current news in books and literatures, and lists of current and previous finalists and winners of the National Book Award.
New York Review of Books
Online version of the popular periodical. Includes archives.
New York Times: Books
NY Times Book Reviews
Read current reviews, or search the archive for book reviews back to 1963.
Salt Lake County Library System
Find book reviews, author interviews, award winners, bestseller lists, and more..
Stop, You’re Killing Me!
Mystery lists and reviews.

Book Suggestions

Five Books
Five Books is building a comprehensive library of knowledge, curating recommendations on any topic you might want to read books about….We ask leaders in a field to make book recommendations in their area of work and explain their choices in an interview.
Looking for books in a particular genre such as mystery, romance, sf, etc.? Try this site for suggestions. Includes special section for teens.
Library Thing Book Suggester
Input books you like and those you don’t like, and the suggester will come up with a list of other titles you may enjoy.
Plug in an author you like and receive suggestions of other authors whose work you may enjoy.
NPR’s Book Concierge: Best Books 2018
The Book Concierge is NPR’s annual, interactive, year-end reading guide. Mix and match tags such as Book Club Ideas, Biography & Memoir, or Ladies First to filter results and find the book that’s perfect for you or someone you love.
What Should I Read Next?
Input the author and title of a book and get a list of other titles you might also like.
What’s Next?
Our What’s Next?: Books In Series™ database helps you search series fiction. A series is two or more books linked by character(s), settings, or other common traits.
Recommendation database accessed by select sets of criteria on sliders with selections such as “Easy — Demanding” and “Funny — Serious”.
WorldCat FictionFinder
Uses a tag cloud of subjects to guide readers to books they may like.

Genre Writers Associations

Free EBooks

ABCL-CLIO Reference Books
Economics, American history, Catholic literature, and terrorism titles from 2004 and 2005. Browse ‘ALL’ to see all titles. (SCC students: check with librarian for password)
Bartleby Fiction | Bartleby Nonfiction
Classic literature, verse, and reference books, including the full 1904-1917 Harvard Classics.
Free ebooks formatted for reading on java-enabled cellphones.
Christian Classics Ethereal Library
Includes, nonfiction, fiction, hymns, Bibles, and Bible commentaries.
Classic Reader
Search our online library of thousands of free books by authors such as Dickens, Austen, Shakespeare and many others.
DailyLit: Read books by email or RSS
If you are like us, you spend hours each day reading email but don’t find the time to read books. DailyLit brings books right into your inbox in convenient small messages that take less than 5 minutes to read.
Destiny Discover
A few ebooks from Follett. (SCC students check with librarian for password.)
ePointPlus eBooks
Ebooks through Broome-Tioga BOCES. (SCC students check with librarian for password.)
Gale Library eBooks
ASCD professional books for teachers and Gale Research books for everyone. (SCC students check with librarian for password.)
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Reference ebooks on a variety of topics, including the arts, medicine, literature, history, and other topics, as well as the set “Novels for Students” (SCC students check with librarian for password.)
Google Books
When we find a book with content that contains a match for your search terms, we’ll link to it in your search results. If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given us permission, you’ll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text.
Internet Archive: eBooks and Texts
The Internet Archive offers over 15,000,000 freely downloadable books and texts. There is also a collection of 550,000 modern eBooks that may be borrowed by anyone with a free account.
The Internet Classics Archive
441 works of classical literature by 59 different authors, including user-driven commentary and “reader’s choice” Web sites. Mainly Greco-Roman works in English translation.
Internet Sacred Text Archive
The largest freely available archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet.
Free access to over 5000 titles from a variety of academic presses, searchable by title.
Ebooks and audiobooks, both fiction and nonfiction. (SCC students check with librarian for password.)
Over 50,000 free ebooks for mobile devices and online reading. Browse by genre or search for a particular author, title, or keyword.
The Online Books Page
Listing over 3 million free books on the Web. Offers search or browse by author, title, subject, and books newly listed.
Open Culture: Free eBooks
800 Free eBooks for iPad, Kindle & Other Devices. A list of titles and links to free literature online, including classics, poetry, and some newer (20th century) titles.
Open eBooks
Open eBooks is an app containing thousands of popular and award-winning titles that are free for children from in-need households. These eBooks can be read without checkouts or holds. Further details, including how to register and how to install the app, are at the site.
Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg offers over 58,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Check the catalog to search by author or title, or browse the category search by subject.
Rosen Learning Center
Interactive ebooks for earth science, social studies, and digital citizenship. (SCC students check with librarian for password.)
World Book eBooks
School related titles for elementary and middle school students plus several hundred works of classic literature for all levels. (SCC students check with librarian for password.)

Free Audio Books

Bluford Audio Books
Bluford Series audiobooks are provided by Townsend Press as a free resource to educators and students. Includes 21 YA titles.
Learn Out Loud
Here you’ll find over 40,000 educational and inspirational audio books to download or stream on any smart phone, tablet, or portable audio player. Download or play these audio books on your iPhone®, Android™ phone, iPad®, or any mobile phone or tablet with our Mobile Format.
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads. (Formerly called “Books Should Be Free”.)
Internet Archive: Audio Books & Poetry
This library of audio books and poetry features digital recordings and MP3’s from the Naropa Poetics Audio Archive, LibriVox, Project Gutenberg, Maria Lectrix, and Internet Archive users.
LibraVox | Libravox at the Internet Archive
LibriVox audiobooks are free for anyone to listen to, on their computers, iPods or other mobile device…
Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format.
Mercury Theatre on the Air
Download recordings of classic radio stories and serials.
Open Culture: 1000 Free Audio Books
Download hundreds of free audio books, mostly classics, to your MP3 player or computer.
Project Gutenberg: Audio Books
Project Gutenberg makes audio eBooks available for some of the same great literature available in plain text. Our listings are divided into two categories: Human-read and computer-generated audio books.
Universe of Stories: Middle School
Universe of Stories: High School
Collections of short stories about space.

Harlem Renaissance

ARTSEDGE: Drop Me Off in Harlem
Discover the themes and works that emerged when creative and intellectual voices intersected during the Harlem Renaissance.
Harlem, 1900-1940
An Exhibition Portfolio from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library.
Harlem History
Harlem History presents a wealth of archival treasures and scholarship from Columbia about the history of one of the world’s most famous and influential neighborhoods.
Library of Congress: Guide to Harlem Renaissance Materials
African-American expressions of writing, music, and art during the 1920s and 1930s are well represented in the vast collections of the Library of Congress. This guide presents the Library’s resources as well as links to external Web sites on the Harlem Renaissance and a bibliography.
PBS Newshour: Harlem Renaissance
Transcript from 1998 interview with Professor Richard Powell. Women of the Harlem Renaissance
Women who played key roles in the Harlem Renaissance — some are well-known, and some have been neglected or forgotten.
The Topic: Harlem Renaissance
This project includes over one-hundred and fifty websites providing biographies of writers, poets, artists, musicians, entertainers, activists, thinkers, and leaders of the Harlem Renaissance movement.

Literature & Authors

Literature Study Guides
BookRags BookWolf CliffsNotes Cummings eNotes
GradeSaver LitCharts Shmoop SparkNotes Wiki Summaries
Summaries, plot analyses, discussion questions, and other material about various literary works.
American Authors
This site includes information about authors and literary movements. With links to other American Literature sites.
Author Blogs and Websites
Arthur Miller Links
Annotated links to sites that are related to Arthur Miller and his work, and to any of his major drama contemporaries.
Beowulf on Steorarume [Beowulf in Cyberspace]
Critical online edition of Beowulf: Old English text, English translation, Deutsch Übersetzung, glossary, explanatory notes, background material and links to other sites.
British Council Literature
This unique, searchable database contains up-to-date profiles of some of the UK and Commonwealth’s most important living writers – biographies, bibliographies, critical reviews, prizes and photographs.
The Cervantes Project
A comprehensive reference and research site dedicated tothe study of Cervantes’ works and life.
Literature delivered by email in small, digestable chunks. Just choose the work(s) you are interested in, sign up for an account, and read the emails as they arrive.
EBSCO Literary Reference Center
Articles and full-text ebooks about authors and their works, plus glossary of literary terms, dictionary, and more. (SCCHS students, see librarian for password.)
Chronology, research links, glossary, links to online copies of Chaucer’s work, and a few selected images.
Edgar Allan Poe Navigator
A list of resources from around the Web about Edgar Allan Poe as selected by researchers and editors of The New York Times.
Encyclopedia of Catholic Literature, Volume 1 ebooks
Encyclopedia of Catholic Literature, Volume 2 ebooks
This encyclopedia covers the vast riches of the Catholic literary tradition from its origins to the present day. Included are substantial entries on more than 70 major works from around the world. From Greenwood eBooks. (SCC students, check with librarian for password.)
Google LitTrips
This site is an experiment in teaching great literature in a very different way. Using Google Earth, students discover where in the world the greatest road trip stories of all time took place… and so much more!
Hemingway Resource Center
Ernest Hemingway was the most influential writer of the last century. Explore our site to learn more about his adventurous life and his groundbreaking literary work.
Invitation to World Literature
A multimedia series introducing drama, epic poetry, and novels from many times and cultures. Thirteen half-hour videos form the centerpiece of the project, and feature a mix of writers, scholars, artists, and performers with personal connections to world literature…
Irish Literature, Mythology, Folklore, and Drama
A subject-organized collection of links.
Knowing Poe
Through the activities on this site, you can introduce learners (or, be introduced, yourself) to the literature, life, and times of one of America’s foremost writers.
Mark Twain Project
This site offers unfettered, intuitive access to reliable texts, accurate and exhaustive notes, and the most recently discovered letters and documents. Its ultimate purpose is to produce a digital critical edition, fully annotated, of everything Mark Twain wrote.
NYSCA Literary Map of New York
Among Littree’s features are listings … for all the public and private libraries and bookstores in New York … a literary map with exhaustive information about literary sites and deceased authors who lived and worked in New York; and profiles of literary presses and journals.
The Nineteenth Century English Novel
From a CUNY professor, information and links about Jane Austen, Emily Bronte, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, and William Thackeray.
Novels for Students ebooks
Sixteen full-text reference volumes with descriptions and analysis of some of the most popular works students study. From the Gale Virtual Reference Library. (SCC students, check with librarian for password.)
Steinbeck Center
A university site with biographical and bibliographical information on Steinbeck, and related resources.
J.R.R. Tolkien
News about J. R. R. Tolkien, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.
The Tolkien Society: Studying Tolkien
Information about JRR Tolkien … the books he wrote, his life, books others have written about him, our Society and its events, and a host of other items ….
Twain Quotations A to Z
Directory of Mark Twain’s maxims, quotations, and various opinions.
Voice of the Shuttle
Extensive set of links to humanities resources online, arranged by subject.
Voices from the Gaps
Archived collection focusing on the lives and works of North American women writers of color including Chicana/Latina women, Arab American women, and Native American women.

Media Literacy

Center for Media Literacy
CML works to help citizens, especially the young, develop critical thinking and media production skills needed to live fully in the 21st century media culture. The ultimate goal is to make wise choices possible.
Common Sense Media
As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, we provide trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume. Mainly review of movies, tv shows, games, and other media.
Crash Course: Media Literacy
A series of short videos explaining what media literacy is, where we need to be aware of media messages, propaganda, and how to apply media literacy knowledge to future technologies.
Fact Checking
See our News page for fact-checking sites and information.
Although aimed primarily at parents and educators, this site has information for anyone interested in issues of media and society. Includes a “Media Issues” section with discussion of issues including violence, stereotying, online hate, and information privacy.
The Persuaders
FRONTLINE takes an in-depth look at the multibillion-dollar ‘persuasion industries’ of advertising and public relations and how marketers have developed new ways of integrating their messages deeper into the fabric of our lives.
PR Watch
Investigating and exposing public relations spin and propaganda, and by promoting media literacy and citizen journalism, this site includes detailed analysis of advertisements and PR of all sorts.
Project Looksharp
“Project Look Sharp is a media literacy initiative of Ithaca College to provide materials, training and support for the effective integration of media literacy with critical thinking into classroom curricula at all education levels.” Topics include US History, Global Studies, Health, Environment, Psychology, General Media Literacy.
Propaganda Critic
Describes and illustrates techniques and uses of propaganda.
Propaganda Techniques
Propagandists use a variety of propaganda techniques to influence opinions and to avoid the truth. Often these techniques rely on some element of censorship or manipulation, either omitting significant information or distorting it.
Seeing Isn’t Believing – The Fact Checker’s guide to manipulated video
The Internet is increasingly populated with false and misleading videos. … We have found three main ways video is being altered: footage taken out of context, deceptively edited or deliberately altered. These categories are further broken down into subcategories, which are shown below.
We provide well-documented information about corporate public relations (PR) campaigns, including corporate front groups, people who “front” corporate campaigns, and PR operations.
Understand Media
Here you will find a wide array of resources to help you understand the way media works, and how you can become an active consumer of media. Includes materials for students, parents, teachers, and the general public.
Visual Literacy Today
Visual Literacy Today is an ongoing conversation about visual literacy, a field of study and practice that explores how we see and interpret images, how we use visuals to convey meaning and what it means to be literate in a digital age.


Aesop’s Fables – Online Collection
Fables and fairy tales by Aesop, La Fontaine, Anderson, and others.
Folklore and tall tales from all over the U.S.
Arthurian Legends
Brothers Grimm
Household Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
While Hunt’s translation of the Grimms’ Household Tales appears in many places on the web, SurLaLune is the first and only site to present the entire text from the 1884 edition, including Hunt’s preface, Andrew Lang’s introduction, and the extensive notes from the Grimms….
Household Tales by the Brothers Grimm
The Edgar Taylor and Marian Edwardes version of 1876, more directed toward younger readers than some translations.
Bulfinch’s Mythology
Best of Legends
Examines the history, literature, folklore, and artistic representation of figures of popular legend such as King Arthur, D’Artagnan, Beowulf, etc.
The Big Myth
Shows comparative creations myths from around the world. (Uses Flash.)
Encyclopedia Mythica
This is an encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, legends, and more. It contains over 6000 definitions of gods and goddesses, supernatural beings and legendary creatures and monsters from all over the world.
Folktexts: Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts
Collection of folklore links arranged by theme.
Greek Mythology
Greek Mythology is the set of stories about the gods, goddesses, heroes and rituals of Ancient Greeks. Information about the major and minor gods and the myths of ancient Greece.
Greek Mythology in Theater
This page has a brief overview of Greek theater and a nice set of links to other sites on Greek mythology.
Greek Mythology Link
The Greek Mythology Link is a collection of myths retold by Carlos Parada…. The mythical accounts are based exclusively on ancient sources.
Hans Christian Andersen (Project Gutenberg)
Books and story collections in a variety of languages and formats.
Hans Christian Andersen: Fairy Tales and Stories
A list of Andersen’s 168 stories with 19-century translations of many of them.
Internet Sacred Text Archive
This site is a freely available non-profit archive of electronic texts about religion, mythology, legends and folklore, and occult and esoteric topics.
JoMA: Journal of Mythic Arts
An online journal exploring myth, folklore, fairy tales, and their use in contemporary arts. Includes both fiction and non-fiction archives. (No longer updated.)
Kalevala – The Finnish National Epic
Information, history, and the tales of the Kalevala.
Mything Links
An annotated, illustrated collection of worldwide links to mythologies, fairy tales & folklore, sacred arts & sacred traditions.
Information about classical gods and heroes, with separate sections for different stories and themes.
SurLaLune Fairy Tales
Features 49 annotated fairy tales, including their histories, similar tales across cultures, modern interpretations and over 1,500 illustrations. Also discover over 1,600 folktales & fairy tales from around the world in more than 40 full-text eBooks. A discussion forum is also available.
Windows to the Universe: Myths, Stories and Art
Objects in the sky and other natural phenomena have inspired people throughout the ages. Browse our collection of myths, folk tales, and stories of many types about the Earth and sky. Check out artwork, poetry, books, and movies that portray the natural world.
World Myths & Legends in Art
Discusses what myth is, and offers sections of art by theme and art by culture.
World of Tales
On the pages of this website you will find the best known fairy tales by The Brothers Grimm, Chrales Perrault and Hans Chirstian Andresen [sic], the fables of Aesop and Jean de La Fontaine and my personal favourite – folktales from around the world.


A Poem a Day
American Verse Project
Texts of American poetry from before 1920 are made available for personal use, students, and teachers. Verse
Direct link to the poetry section of
eMule Poetry Archives
Archives of thousands of poems in a searchable database.
Archive of classic poetry, poetry search engine, link to an online poetry workshop, and more.
First World War Poetry Digital Archive
Poetry and other materials of World War I.
Internet Archive: Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
Readings, lectures, performances, seminars, panels and workshops conducted at Naropa by many of the leading figures of the U.S.literary avant-garde.
Internet Archive: Poetry
Links to multiple collections of poetry, both text and audio.
Internet Poetry Archive
Selections from contemporary poets.
Jacket2 offers commentary on modern and contemporary poetry and poetics.
Library of Congress Poetry Resources
This site is a comprehensive guide to locating poetry resources available on the Library of Congress’s Web site.
National Poetry Month
Information about poetry and poets and links to poems from Infoplease.
National Poetry Month
From the Academy of American Poets.
Poetry Archive
The Poetry Archive is a not-for-profit organisation that makes and acquires recordings of poets from around the English-speaking world and makes substantial excerpts from them freely available online.
Poetry Everywhere
Short videos of poets reading their poetry. Site also includes some animated films from UMW students and links to further resources.
Poetry Foundation
Offers access to thousands of poems, plus information about poets, articles and podcasts about poetry, a poem of the day, Poetry Magazine, and more.
Poetry Lover’s Page
Includes the complete poetical works of Poe, Stevenson, and Kipling, and “best of” selections of some other poets.
Poet’s Corner
The goal of this project is to create a user-friendly library of works that promotes browsing and exploring through a site that spans thousands of works by hundreds of authors covering thousands of years. Academy of American Poets
Well-organized site features biographies of more than 200 poets, poetry selections, audio files of poems read by their authors, and extensive links to other poetry-related sites. Includes special highlight on the annual Poem In Your Pocket Day.
Representative Poetry Online
From the University of Toronto, a database with over 350 poets represented. Searchable by name, title, first line, or keyword. Includes a timeline, a calendar, a glossary, and criticism.


Shakespeare’s Works

MIT Shakespeare
The original electronic source for this server was the Complete Moby(tm) Shakespeare. The HTML versions of the plays provided here are placed in the public domain. Includes all poems and plays.
My Shakespeare
Dive into the rich world of Shakespeare with our full-text, interactive editions of his plays. Though only a few of the most popular plays are included, the notes and information make this site very worthwhile.
Open Source Shakespeare
OSS includes the 1864 Globe Edition of the complete works, which was the definitive single-volume Shakespeare edition for over a half-century. Also offers an Advanced Search to find particular words or phrases and an extensive Concordance (word index).
The Oxford Shakespeare
The 1914 Oxford edition of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare.
Project Gutenberg: Shakespeare
Downloadable copies of the plays and poems in multiple formats and editions.
RhymeZone: Shakespeare
Look for a particular word or phrase, or browse a play by Act and Scene.
Shakespeare at Play iOS
This app for iPhone or iPad includes the complete text of several of Shakespeare’s most popular plays and the option to purchse either accompanying commentary or both commentary and videos for every scene for a low price.
Shakespeare’s Monologues
Gathered in one convenient place. Browse or searchable by play and speaker’s gender.

Shakespeare’s Theater

Elizabethean Theatre
The text of a lecture by Professor Hilda D. Spear (University of Dundee) held at Cologne University in October 1989 and accompanying slides.
Globe Theatre
An article from the Encyclopædia Britannica on the history of Shakespeare’s theater house. (Accessible without subscription.)
Shakespeare Globe Center
Photos, architechural drawings, and a guide to building a model of the theatre itself.
Shakespeare’s Globe
An exploration and celebration of Shakespeare and his theater centered around a reproduction of the Globe Theatre.

Shakespeare’s World

Elizabethan Era
Information about Queen Elizabeth I and the time in which she lived. Includes life, clothing, theatre, sports, music, laws, and food, among other topics.
Life in Elizabethan England
Online version of a book about Elizabethan England. Updated 2011.
Life in Shakespeare’s London
Except from a 1905 book about London in the age of Shakespeare.
Queen Elizabeth I of England
The purpose of this site to provide interesting as well as educational information on the life and times of Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603). It is intended to be suitable for web-users of all ages and academic ability…
Shakespeare: Original pronunciation
An introduction by David and Ben Crystal to the ‘Original Pronunciation’ production of Shakespeare and what they reveal about the history of the English language.

Miscellaneous Shakespeare Sites

60 Minutes With Shakespeare
Sixty questions. Sixty scholars. Sixty seconds each. Site contains 60 short audio comments about Shakespeare’s times, life, and work, with written transcripts available.
Absolute Shakespeare
A resource for William Shakespeare’s plays, sonnets, poems, quotes, biography and the legendary Globe Theatre. Includes works, glossary, commentary, summaries, study guides, quizzes, links, and more. Shakespeare Resource Center
Includes information and links about Shakespeare’s life, works, and language; about the Globe Theatre, Elizabethean England, and more.
Shakespeare Online
Extensive site about Shakespeare, his work, and his time. With study guides, quotations, quizzes, and more.
Shakespeare Study Guide
Large set of links to sites about Shakespeare and his works.
Shakespeare Unlimited
Join us for this ‘no limits’ podcast tour of the fascinating and varied connections between Shakespeare, his works, and the world around us.
Shakespeare’s Life and Times
A free ebook which introduces you to the world Shakespeare lived and worked in.

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