San Francisco Public Library

English / Language Arts

SFPL Databases

Access these tools with your Library Card number and PIN/password
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) Grades 6 and up
Explore curriculum classics from many perspectives.
Kids InfoBits logo Kids Infobits Grades K to 5
Search the "Literature" section for information about authors, books, and more.
BookFLIX logo Bookflix Pre-k to 3
Children’s picture stories on video and related nonfiction books. Accessible only in the Main Library and Branches
NoveList logo NoveList K-8 Grade K to 8
Reading recommendations, read-alike suggestions, and discussion guides.


SFPL Bibliocommons All ages
Themed children's booklists updated regularly by SFPL children's librarians.
Guys Read Grades 1-7
Founded by author Jon Scieszka, this website focuses on book suggestions of high interest to boys.
Kids Read K - Grade 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.