Parent & Caregiver Resources

Below is a variety of helpful and informative websites that cover a wide-range of topics, including early childhood literacy, homeschooling curriculum suggestions, and teen internet safety.

All Safe Sites: A compilation of safe, children oriented websites listed under several categories. Students can search by category or a specific subject.

American Association of School Librarians (AASL) : Includes AASL partnerships, activities, and the ICONnect project.

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC): Includes ALSC partnerships, activities, and the Newbery and Caldecott Medal pages.

Awesome Library : The Awesome Library organizes your exploration of the World Wide Web with 10,000 carefully reviewed resources. It includes a directory, an index, and a new search engine.

Birth to Six : Includes information about early literacy skills and how to help your child get ready to read as well as how to read to different ages: babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Booklists are provided. Discusses the role reading plays in brain development. Provides information about early childhood resources and programs, including Early Words.

Black History: This outstanding Black History site offers a full range of activities and was created to support students as they explore topic related to Black History and African American issues. Try the Black History treasure hunt.

Blue Web’n: A searchable directory of “Blue Ribbon learning sites” on the Web.

Bnetsavvy : A great resource for helping children and teens learn safe strategies for navigating the increasingly interactive world of the Internet. Contains articles on cyber bullying, social networking, gaming, and more.

Book Links: Latest news from this popular magazine for adults interested in connecting children with high quality books and other media. Includes index to all back issues.

BookHive: Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg Co. : A reader’s advisory tool for infants through sixth graders that can be searched by topic or reading level; includes materials for parents and other adults.

Born Learning : Born Learning is a public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities. Web content is available in English and in Spanish.

Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents (English version) : A searchable database of books in Spanish for young people (also available in Spanish).

Child Abuse Prevention Network : A network of organizations and individuals fighting child abuse.

Child Safety on the Information Highway : A guide to Internet safety for young people, originally from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Interactive Services Association. Resources on all aspects of pregnancy, childbirth, and pre- and post-natal care.

Children’s Book Council : This non-profit trade organization is dedicated to encouraging literacy and the use and enjoyment of children’s books. The CBC also sponsors Young People’s Poetry Week and Children’s Book Week each year.

Children’s Defense Fund : This Washington, D.C.-based organization advocates on behalf of children at risk and children with disabilities.

Children’s Literature Web Guide : A collection of Internet sites which are related to books pertaining to resources for Children and Young Adults. Useful for students, professionals, parents and teachers.

Colorín Colorado : Taken from a Spanish phrase that is often said after reading a good story, “colorin colorado” is a bilingual website for parents and educators who wish to help children become successful life-long readers. Al igual que la frase que indica el final de una historia, Colorín Colorado es un sitio bilinghe con informacion para padres y educadores sobre como ayudar a los niños a leer con fluidez y eficiencia.

Cooperative Children’s Book Center : At the “virtual library” of the School of Education at the Unversity of Wisconsin, find unique online lists such as Thirty Multicultural Books Every Child Should Know and a review of a new and recommended book for children every week.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) : A national organization for those involved in special education and gifted education.

Discovery Teaching Tools : This portion of the highly regarded educational site offers teachers a puzzle maker, worksheet generator, quiz maker, glossary builder, and clip art gallery.

Dr. Toy’s Guide on the Internet : Information on hundreds of recommended toys and products for children.

Education Week on the Web : Online news from the world of education.

Education World : An e-zine “where educators go to learn.”

ERIC: Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education : From the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Ethan’s Bookshelf : Uses book reviews, best lists, tips for parents and community boards to help teachers and parents find the right books for children.

Fairrosa Cyber Library of Children’s Literature : An assortment of online resources for those interested in the more theoretical side of children’s literature, including archived discussion from the Child_lit electronic discussion list.

Family TLC : Parenting tips, family activities, articles on child development, and many child-friendly and age-appropriate activities are featured on this site.

Fun – Family Fun & Entertainment : With links to a multitude of sources in many subjects, this site links parents and caregivers to a plethora of information. Opportunities for communication such as blogs and message boards, recipes, special needs resources, and much more are found here. Advertisements are present, but can be skipped over at times.

Fun : Who ever thought learning math could be so much fun? Test your math skills with these fun and interesting games. Includes some teacher and parenting resources.

Get Set 4 Kindergarten : This amazing guide to school readiness includes four sections that change monthly: kindergarten skills readiness, getting ready to read, health and wellness, and an information printout. Notably, each section includes book and website recommendations.

GoCityKids : Provides a directory of events and services as well as restaurants and stores in 20 major cities of the United States that might be of interest to families.

Homeschooler’s Curriculum Swap : An innovative Web service: homeschooling parents buy, sell, and trade used books and materials.

International Reading Association (IRA) : Seeks to promote high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction.

Internet Resources for Special Children (IRSC) : Information relating to the needs of children with disABILITIES on a global basis.

Jim Trelease Home Page : Covers Jim Trelease’s efforts in helping children make books into friends, not enemies. Includes excerpts from his books, data on his lecture schedule, book reviews, and information on ordering his products.

Jon’s Homeschool Resource Page : Answers to homeschooling questions, plus many resources. : Articles on many aspects of child health—for parents, kids, and health professionals—from the Nemours Foundation.

KIDSNET : The only national non-profit computerized clearinghouse and information center devoted to children’s television, radio, audio, video, and multimedia. Provides resources, including monthly media guides, to help families make smart choices about their children’s media use.

KidSource Online : Information for parents on child health, education, and more. : Teacher resources and teacher professional development programming for K-12 teachers FREE through our satellite channel and Video on Demand.

National Association for the Education of Young Children : The nationwide professional organization for early childhood educators.

National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature : This center in Abilene, Texas, provides recognition of the artistic achievements of illustrators and gallery exhibition of their works.

National Council of Teachers of English : The NCTE site contains curriculum ideas for teachers, resources for parents, and information on English language standards.

National Dissemination Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities : “The national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals.”

National Runaway Switchboard : This site offers advice for teens who are having problems as well as general information for parents, teachers and concerned adults.

NEA Teaching, Learning and Technology :
Advice for educators on using technology in the classroom, from NEA.

Netsmartz : Games, activities and information to help kids, teens and parents stay safe on the Internet.

On Air: The History Channel Classroom : The History Channel Classroom provides television programs that middle school, junior high, and high school teachers can videotape and keep for up to a year—along with support materials to help with lesson plans and class activities.

Pampers Parenting Institute : Information from T. Berry Brazelton and other experts on infant and toddler care.

PaperTigers : This is a website for librarians and teachers interested in young reader’s books from and about the Pacific Rim and South Asia.

Picturing Books : This site is an introduction to picture books, including the anatomy of picture books and descriptions of various artistic media and styles. Created by Denise I. Matulka, a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, this is a must-see for anyone studying the art of the picture book.

Planet Esme : Under the guidance of educator and author Esme Raji Codell, this site provides “a wonderful world of children’s literature.” Includes a blog, book lists, teachers’ guides and much more. Esme provides plenty of information to help adults connect children with books.

Poetry 180 : This site is designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem each day of the school year. Poems have been selected by Billy Collins, the Poet Laureate of the United States.

Reading is Fundamental (RIF) : RIF gives free books to children in the schools, encouraging literacy.

Ready at Five Partnership : Ready At Five is a statewide, public/private partnership committed to ensuring that all Maryland children enter school ready to succeed. Provides resources in both Spanish and English. Online resources include activities, monthly newsletters and parenting tips, how-to guides, featured articles, and other parent resources. Parenting tips are archived monthly from August 2004 to the present.

School Library Journal Online : News, ideas, and software reviews for school and public librarians who work with children and YAs.

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators : This is the professional association for children’s books authors/illustrators.

Speechville : This valuable resource for families, educators and medical professionals offers about a myriad of speech, language and communications disorders in children.

StoryNet : Information about the National Storytelling Festival held in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and a print directory of storytellers and storytelling programs.

Sur La Lune Storytime : Developed by a children’s librarian, this site includes a wealth of resources about planning thematic book-based programs and fostering the love of language and literature in children.

TeachNet: The Teachers’ Network : Includes approximately 500 teacher- and student-tested classroom projects for preschool through grade 12.

The Children’s Book Review : Visit this blog, authored by bookstore owner Bianca Schulze, to learn about great new books for children.

The Learning Page : Sponsored by the Library of Congress, this site offers lesson plans, activities, and educational initiatives to enhance the teaching of American history and culture.

The Puppetry Home Page : The Puppetry Home Page is a free resource for the puppetry community. Information about the theater’s most enthralling art form.

The Vermont Historical Society: Using Historical Journals in the Classroom : A fascinating look into the past: two diaries of Vermont children of more than a century ago, and some excellent curriculum suggestions ideal for home schooling families.

ThinkQuest : ThinkQuest is an annual contest that challenges “Students, ages 12 to 19, to use the Internet as a collaborative, interactive teaching and learning tool.” Take a look at some of the wonderful winning sites!

Travel for Kids : A family travel guide for planning fun vacation trips with children. Vacation ideas for Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Australia/South Pacific, and Africa are included.

Vandergrift’s Children’s Literature Page : A wide-ranging discussion of issues in children’s literature, plus a directory of author and illustrator Web sites.

Zero to Three : Lots of information on infants and toddlers for both parents and professionals.

Zero to Three’s Brain Wonder : In question and answer format, presents recent research on brain development and early literacy of children newborn to age three. Separates information for parents, child care providers, and health clinicians.