We are continuing the blogs on exploring the World Book databases available through the St.Tammany Parish Library. Now, we will explore the World Book Kids database. According to World Book, opens a new window, World Book Kids "captivate even the most reluctant reader with unique visual engagements, rich multimedia content, and an abundance of educational games, activities, and projects."
Some other highlights of World Book Kids are:
- Search engine to aid young children in vocabulary building and expanded learning.
- Compare/contrast tool for science and geography lessons.
- Image-based navigation for digital literacy.
- Hands-on experiments, activities, and assessment tools.
The brightly colored homepage with easy to access categories are found immediately when accessing the database. You can search by keyword for desired subject, or browse by clicking explore to choose from one of the specific categories to search for articles on the chosen topic. Once a topic is chosen, you can "dig deeper" to explore sub-categories under the main topic. After choosing the topic, many articles are displayed. Select the desired article to see enlarged text and images with read-aloud feature. Each topic also has pictures, videos, and more of the topic for further exploration of the topic.
Featured categories located on the homepage are:
- Pictures and videos
- World of animals
- Maps and more
- Important people
- Compare places
- Science projects
At the top-right corner are the educator tools that have curriculum correlations, lesson plans, and webquests. The lesson plans are aligned with the student's version of activities, some games, and science projects. The lesson plans incorporate core curriculum subjects, discussion questions, and assessment rubics. Webquests are printable activities that promote further learning by encouraging the learner to follow step-by-step guidance through the database. Learners will read text, see images, and use the read-aloud feature, while practicing basic database research skills that is the foundation of further database research.
Founded in 1915, World Book is a trusted source. Its first encyclopedias were published in 1917 and have been used by educators, parents, and students for their educational needs ever since. World Book provides print and online resources for educators and parents. World Book's mission on learning can be found by clicking here, opens a new window.
This online resource is available for free, from the St. Tammany Parish Library website, opens a new window when you are inside the library, and with your St. Tammany Parish library card when you are at home, or at a remote location. Explore and enjoy the world of World Book Kids today!