Homework Help

Textbooks and Reading Lists

We have the District 181 and St. Isaac Jogues elementary and middle school textbooks on our Homework Shelf, available for you to use in the Library or to photocopy.

We also have the books on Hinsdale schools’ reading lists set aside behind the Youth Services Desk for easy access and check out.

Here are links to the Illinois Children’s Choice Book Award nominee lists for 2014-2015:

The Monarch Award (Grades K-3)

The Bluestem Award (Grades 3-5)

The Rebecca Caudill Award (Grades 4-8)


District 181 Battle of the Books 4th and 5th Grade List, 2014-2015

Applegate, Katherine. Home of the Brave

Burg, Shana. Laugh with the Moon

Clements, Andrew. Frindle

Collins, Suzanne. Gregor the Overlander

DiCamillo, Kate. Flora and Ulysses

Draper, Sharon. Out of My Mind

George, Jessica Day. Tuesdays at the Castle

Grabenstein, Chris. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Hobbs, Will. Never Say Die

Kehret, Peg. Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio

Kelly, Lynne. Chained

Kibuishi, Kazu. Amulet: The Stonekeeper

Petersen, P.J. Wild River

Riordan, Rick. The Lightning Thief

Rocklin, Joanne. The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook

Ruckman, Ivy. Night of the Twisters

Sheinkin, Steve. Lincoln’s Grave Robbers

Smith, Roland. Cryptid Hunters

Van Draanen, Wendelin. The Running Dream

Winkler, Henry. Niagara Falls, Or Does It?


School Homework Pages

District 181 Elementary Schools:

For homework information, click on your school. Then visit the “Staff” page to see if your teacher has a website.

Research Help

Looking for information online? Don’t just use an Internet search. Our online databases offer quality articles, primary sources, and websites that are reviewed and updated regularly. Use from a computer in the library, or enter your card number for access from home.

Some of our favorites are:


You’d still like to use the web? Try these search engines for students:

Sweet Search searches only the sites that have been reviewed and approved by a team of librarians, teachers, and research experts.

KidRex is a kid-safe search engine powered by Google custom search.

Ask Kids is the kid friendly version of the popular search engine Ask.com.

Also try BibMe, a bibliography generator that supports MLA, APA, and Chicago formatting.

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