The development of students' reading and research skills continues to become increasingly more important for achieving success in today's society.

As such, we encourage outside reading of high quality children's literature in order to develop vocabulary, reading fluency, comprehension and literary understanding.  Parents and students are encouraged to become familiar with children's books that are recognized each year by the American Library Association including the Newbery Medal award books for the best children's books, and the Caldecott Medal award winners for best illustrated books.  Care should be taken by the family to select books with age appropriate topics.

Holy Family Catholic School follows the MLA style of research and writing.  We recommend the following sites for research:

  • ProQuest See Resource Documents page in ParentsWeb for login information.
  • IPL2 offers links to websites, selected by librarians, which are known for having quality information.  Websites are separated into Subject categories and also include national and international newspapers.
  • Great Websites for Kids provides links to websites, also chosen by librarians, which are known for their reputable information.  Websites are separated into Subject categories.
  • Fact Monster offers research aids, including a dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, almanac, atlas, etc.
  • KidsKonnect links to many other websites for topics such as math, science, museums, reference, etc.
  • Library of Congress for Kids and Families offers information about history, science and news.
  • Exploratorium is an amazing site from San Francisco's famous science museum.  Explore for more information about everything science.
  • Discovery Education offers free student resources, including homework help and educational games for a variety of subjects.
  • International Children's Digital Library offers over 1,000 free e-books in 35 languages for children ages 3 to 13.

The following sites may provide helpful refreshers for young researchers:

  • CRLS Research Guide offers quality guidance and tips for conducting research.  Explore the left-hand panel for additional information. 
  • Kid's Health offers a very good website for elementary students regarding plagiarism. 

Book Review sites:

  • Common Sense Media - Books, movies and games that are reviewed by both parents and kids.
  • Compass Book Ratings - Highly detailed reviews of books.  Searches by author, title or content.  Includes pre-made lists.
  • Plugged In - Focus on the Family's book review site.
  • Redeemed Reader - Christian based book review website.