Lower School Library Summer Reading List
Ancient History Sourcebook: Greece
Ancient History Sourcebook: Hellenistic World
Ancient History Sourcebook: Rome
De Imperatoribus Romanis: An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Emperors
Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology
The Perseus Digital Library. Ancient texts and more.
The Roman Empire
Theoi Project: A Guide to Greek Gods, Spirits & Monsters
History and Government
AMDOCS: Documents for the Study of American History. Links to digitized primary sources from the 15th Century to the present.
Antislavery Literature Project Literature and history of the U.S. anti-slavery movement (includes pro-slavery literature).
The Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy Primary documents from ancient times through the present. From Yale Law School. Includes Yale’s online human rights archive, Project Diana.
BBC History. Ancient and modern history.
Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook. U.S. government Information about countries and territories around the world.
Front Pages of Newspapers. Today’s papers from around the world, plus archives of past front pages. From the Newseum.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Primary sources and more.
The Making of America Digital Library. From Cornell University Library: primary sources from antebellum period through reconstruction.
National Security Archive. Declassified U.S. government documents digitized, from George Washington University.
Oyez Project.Supreme Court decisions and history.
U.S. Legislative Information. Compiled by the LIbrary of Congress
U.S. Census Data
U.K. National Archives
The U.S. National Archives
The Vietnam Center and Archive. Collects and preserves the documentary record of the Vietnam War. From Texas Tech University.
World War II Today. A blog chronicling the war one day at a time, as if it were happening now. Began in 2008.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. Online, from MIT.
Favorite Poem Project. From former poet laureate Robert Pinsky, ordinary Americans’ favorite poems.
Shakespeare in Quarto. Learn about Shakespeare and compare scanned versions of the quartos online, from the British Library.
Poets.org. Find poems and research poets.
New York City
@149th Street. Web site documenting New York City graffiti art.
1940s New York. Neighborhood guide published by newspapers in 1943, based on census data.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle online, 1841-1902
Coney Island: PBS American Experience
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Original documents and secondary sources on the Triangle Fire, from the Cornell University Library.
Science and Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Information on health, diseases, disorders and epidemics from the U.S. public health institute
Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. Breaking news and research on infectious disease and epidemics, based at University of Minnestoa
DNA From the Beginning. Genetics lessons from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory scientists.
Genetics Home Reference Information about the effects of genetic variations on human health, from the National Institutes of Health
NASA Science. News and reference materials related to the space program and its research.
National Human Genome Research Institute. Information from the agency that sequenced the human genome.
National Institutes of Health. News and reference materials from the U.S. medical research agency.
World Health Organization. Information on global health from the health agency of the United Nations.
Books and Book Selection
Adult Books 4 Teens. School Library Journal blog by independent school librarian Angela Carstensen.
Fuse #8 Production. New York Public Library children’s librarian Elizabeth Bird blogs about children’s books at School Library Journal.
Heavy Medal. School Library Journal blog discussing contenders for the Newbery Medal.
No Flying, No Tights. Reviews and news about comics and graphic novels.
Ragan’s Blog. What the Saint Ann’s head librarian has been reading and what she recommends.