Books & Reading & Literature

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Presents significant published criticism on the works of novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers, and other creative writers now living or who died after January 1, 2000.

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Writing an English paper? Need to find out about authors or books? Literary Reference Center is a full-text database that brings together information from major literary encyclopedias and reference works and hundreds of literary journals. Also available with a mobile interface for handheld devices.

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NoveList Plus offers readers of all ages a variety of tools for finding new authors and titles to enjoy. You can get suggestions for books and/or authors similar to your current favorites. You can also search by subject or theme, see award lists, and read book reviews.

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Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning.  This engaging resource for children in grades PreK-3 will help early readers develop and practice essential reading skills and introduces students to a world of knowledge and exploration.

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TrueFlix is an online resource that focuses on engaging subject-area content in science and social studies for students spanning grades 3-6.

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Funded by the Library of Virginia, WRL offers access to TumbleBookLibrary,  a gathering of animated talking books, puzzlers, quizzes, math stories, and other resources. These books are created from existing picture books, which have been licensed from childrens' book publishers.