San Francisco Public Library

English / Language Arts

SFPL Databases

Access these tools with your Library Card number and PIN
Gale Database Resource logo Something About the Author (grades 4 and up)
Information about authors and illustrators.
Gale Student Resource logo Student Resources in Context (Gale) Literature (grades 6 and up)
Explore curriculum classics from many perspectives.
Kids InfoBits logo Kids Infobits Teacher Toolbox (grades k to 5)
Tips on writing, evaluating information and citing sources.
BookFLIX logo Bookflix (pre-k to 3)
Children’s picture stories on video and related nonfiction books.
NoveList logo NoveList K-8 (grade k to 8)
Reading recommendations, read-alike suggestions, and discussion guides.


Book lists and Reading

Guys Read (grades 1-7)
Founded by author Jon Scieszka, this website focuses on book suggestions of high interest to boys.
Library Booklists (k-12)
A collection of booklists by subject and genre from many public libraries.
Kids Read (k-8)
Booklists, book series, reviews and more!

Local Resources

826 Valencia (grades 1-12)
This community resource provides assistance with writing skills through tutoring and workshops.
Street Side Stories (Grades 1-12)
This local organization works with schools and provides after school workshops to strengthen literacy skills through storytelling.