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 Reading & Writing


Reading and writing about your favorite topic can be fun! The Librarians have found some great tools and places for you to find interesting books to read, and help if you are writing your own story. Visit the links on this page to learn more about what you can read and write about.

In order to access library databases from outside the library, you will need to have a library card and PIN registered in Carver County.

Clicking on the links below for access outside the library will prompt you for your last name, library card number, and PIN.

Forgot your PIN? Call your local branch during open hours and we will reset it for you. Click here for branch locations, hours, and contact information.

K-5 students can find information about current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
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This database covers more than 120,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers, and includes biographies, bibliographies, and critical analysis.
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Whether you're writing an essay, researching a report, or preparing a presentation for school, you'll find a variety of information in this collection.
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Great tools for writing a paper and citing sources.
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Do you like Percy Jackson or Katniss Everdeen and are looking for something new?  Search hundreds of thousands of popular fiction and nonfiction titles. Find author read-alikes, book lists, book discussion guides, and more.  This database also includes lexile levels on books.  Go to the Advanced Search page and enter the lexile level or range.  Click here for in-library access
Click here for access outside the library

Merriam-Webster's Word Central
Merriam-Webster’s website has an easy to us dictionary and thesaurus for students.  Try out the Alpha-bot! The word-spelling robot hosts the latest amazing word game and challenges spellers of all ages.

Looking for fun reading or writing activities? Need some book suggestions or rainy day activities?  The ReadWriteThink website is sponsored by the International Reading Association

ALSC Association for Library Service to Children
Book award lists from ALSC, a division of the American Library Association.
Best picture books chosen by ALSC.

Caldecott Medal & Honor Books, 1938-Present
Best children's books chosen by ALSC.

Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922-Present

Maud Hart Lovelace AwardBest books chosen by Minnesota kids each year.

See 2013-2014 Nominees: Division I for grades 3-5 Division II for grades 6-8

Accelerated Reader
Accelerated Reader (AR) is a program used by many schools to help measure reading progress. School websites usually have a list of AR books used at that school. Check your school website.
Learn more at Accelerated Reader
Use the AR book finder

The Lexile Framework for Reading
Does your school use lexile levels to help you find a book at your reading level? The Lexile Framework for Reading matches readers of all ages with books.  Use “Find a Book” to find library material appropriate for your reading level.

Scholastic Book Wizard
Find and level books with Book Wizard. Book Wizard makes it easy to create and customize book lists based on reading levels and other themes. Browse ready-made book lists.



Important Note:  Carver County Library is not responsible for the content or accuracy of the information provided on external websites. The inclusion of a link does not constitute an endorsement by the library of that website.