Books and Authors

Student Books

Of The Month

Just for Fun

Storytime and Reading on Line

Would you like to hear a story? These are two fun place to go to have a story read to you.
Bookpals: These stories are read by actors and other famous people. Enjoy!
Brothers Grimm: Fairy tales, facts, history and more!: The title says it all. From National Geographic.
Learn to Read at Starfall: Our reading lab teacher told me about this site. A great place forpreschool, kinder, and primary students to work on letter and sound association and beginning reading skills. Need help with the story? The website can read the word to you. There are even comics to read!
The Moonlit Road: Want to explore ghost stories? This site has folklore and stories from the American South. Every month different stories are featured as read-alouds. Remember, these stories can be scary!
StoryPlace - The Children's Digital Library: Fun original stories, activities, and recommended books to read.
Tumblebooks - from the Public Library : To view Tumblebooks, you will need to visit the Public Library's Kids page. From this link, choose Tumblebook. You can read along with these stories!

Westlake Student Authors

These books, that you can read online were written by students and classes at Westlake!
Time's On Time : by Ms Cramer's 1st graders, Spring 2009
Kitty and Bagel : by Aditi, 5th grade, 2009
The Ghost Pharaoh: by Sam, 3rd grade, 2009
A to Z At Westlake: Ms Schmidt's 1st graders 2008
The Enchanted Book : Ms Cramer's 1st graders 2008
Santa Cruz ABCs : Ms Haber's 1st graders 2008
The World of Spiders : Written by Ms Flora's 1st graders Spring 2008


2016-17 Nominees

Primary                                                            Intermediate                                          Picture Books for Older

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich               Escape from Mr.                                   Each Kindness

I'm My Own Dog                                               Lemoncello's Library                    The Kite that Bridged Two
It's an Orange Aardvark                         The Real Boy                                                     Nations
Ribbit                                                                  Rump                                                            Paper Son
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole

For more information about the California Young Reader Medal program, go to

Authors of the Month

Month Picture Book Author Fiction Book Author
July - August, 2006
Donald Crews
Will James
September, 2006
October, 2006
November, 2006 C. S. Lewis
December, 2006
January, 2007
February, 2007
March, 2007 Dr. Seuss
April, 2007 Beverly Cleary
May - June, 2007

A Few Good Reading Lists

Asian American Booklist This has some excellent titles for a variety of ages! Note, this is a Word doucument file.
ALA Notable Books for 2010 Prepared by the American Library Association, this is one of my favorite lists.
CA Dept. of Education Literature List Search for age-appropriate titles. This site also includes links to lists such as the Caldecott, Newbery, and Coretta Scott King Winners. A super resource sponsored by the California Department of Education.
California Reading List This list is designed to match students with books at an appropriate reading level based on their Stanford 9 scores.
California Young Reader Medal books This page explains the CYRM program, administered by the California Reading Association, California Teachers of English, California Library Association, and the California School Library Association. Lists the current nominees as well as past nominees and winners.
The International Reading Association : Choices Booklists New books for 2010. Quick lists of titles and authors as chosen by childen, teachers, and young adults. Lists are sorted by grade level ranges.
Newbery Award Books This link provides a list of all the Newbery winners, considered the best books for young people.
Caldecott Award Books Award winners for picture book illustrators

Quizes, Just for Fun!

Just how well do you know the Dewey Decimal System? Try this quick little quiz and test you library searching skills.
This next quiz tests you out on your knowledge of popular books and authors. How up to date are you on the best in literature for young people?