Kids/Family Resources

Family/Child Centered Resources

Growing Wisconsin Readers is a state-wide initiative that was created to help parents support early literacy habits (like talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing) at home!

Apps and Early Literacy helps parents navigate the world of new technology.  Check out this amazing resource from Carissa Christner at the Madison Public Library. Use the site to find free and paid apps that are appropriate, fun, and safe for young children, and discover new ways to play and to share stories together! Remember: apps are always best used by both parents and children playing together!

Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices.

No Time for Flash Cards is an early education and creative play site.  No Time for Flash Cards features educational crafts, learning activities, and super-creative ideas for things to do with your child.

jlibrary was created by two librarians who have recorded hundreds of videos so that you can sing and chant with your child at any time of day on nearly any topic imaginable. Want to learn new songs and rhymes? Take a look.

Resources to Help You Build Your Home Library

Reference/Homework Sites

Britannica School Elementary can be accessed using a Wisconsin Public Library card.

50 provides information on the states, including capitals, geography, people, attractions, history and more.

Accelerated Reader BookFinder identifies a book's AR level and points.

Ellsworth Community Schools' Card Catalogs can be accessed from here to search your school's media center's catalog.

Reading Lists for Kids

NPR Books - 100 Must Reads for Kids 9-14

Read On Wisconsin is a literacy program, administered by the Cooperative Children's Book Center, promoting high-quality books for children and teens throughout our state.

Great Books for New Readers is a comprehensive, community-organized list from GoodReads.

Novelist K-8 enables kids to find read-alikes, award winners, books-to-movies and more! Check out Novelist K-8 for great kids' book suggestions! Must sign in with your library card.

Best Books for Babies is a list of great read-alouds and picture books for little ones.

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) publishes lists of recommended books from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC).

Top 100 Chapter Books for Emerging Readers is a favorite post from School Library Journal.

Websites for Kids

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Click here for great fun and educational websites for kids from the American Library Association!

The International Children's Digital Library lists hundreds of books for all ages of kids, from picture books to novels written in several different languages, and can be viewed and read at this amazing website.

Storyline Online is an excellent online streaming video program featuring famous actors reading chlidren's books aloud.  This site includes closed captioning.

Into the Book is a highly interactive reading comprehension resource for Grades K-4 that focuses on eight research-based strategies: Using Prior Knowledge, Making Connections, Questioning, Visualizing, Inferring, Summarizing, Evaluating and Synthesizing.

Read-Write-Think: Student Material provides lots of lessons as well as printables and interactives for students, including Literary Elements Map, Story Map, Comparison and Contrast Guide and more.

PBS Kids encourages kids to get wild about reading! Have fun with Arthur, Between the Lions, The Electric Company, Super Why & much more!

Scholastic Place is the site to visit if one is looking for Geronimo Stilton, Goosebumps or the 39 Clues.  They're all here!

Spelling City provides spelling resources such as worksheets, games, and Dolch word lists.

ABCya! is a website that provides educational games and activities for school aged children.  

Computer Learning

Scratch is a free programing language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games and animations. connects scientists and engineers to students to create together. is a free, easy-to-learn online app anyone can use to create and print 3D models. allows kids to design video games.  First game is free, but further designs incur a cost. teaches kids to create projects using computer code. is a computer coding site especially for young children. is an interactive sandbox for learning how to code on the web.

Visit the MORE Research Page to connect with other resources for parents and children. Don't forget about our digital library for students in grades K-8 (choose kids or teens)!