Parents and Teachers

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Parents, Teachers, Kids, Teens:  Resources


Online Activities, Lesson Plans, Interactive Resources




From the National Endowment for the Humanities, EDSITEment offers a treasure trove for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality material on the Internet in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies.  Includes detailed lesson plans and resources.


Science NetLinks

Science NetLinks is a project of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Includes lessons, tools, afterschool activities, news and resources on all sciences.



San Francisco's Science Museum, with lot of online materials -- check out the sections Explore and Education for links, resources, activities and lesson plans.


Read Write Think

The National Council of Teacher's of English's offers classroom-tested lesson plans providing ready resources for educators working with students aged from PreK to high school.

Student interactives are a great resource for teachers and independent learners.  There are also afterschool activities for learners and parents.


National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics has a wide variety of resources, including General Purpose Tools and Interactives.  Searchable by subject and grade level.  Check out Calculation Nation, where math meets online gaming. 


Smithsonian's History Explorer

Lesson plans, student interactives, and other materials on a variety of United States History topics.


ArtsEDGE from the Kennedy Center

Lesson plans and materials on the fine and performing arts. 



MERLOT is a free and open peer reviewed collection of online teaching and learning materials and faculty-developed services contributed and used by an international education community.  It is designed for college teaching, but anyone can use the materials.


Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything  

School librarian, educator and consultant on technology in education, and blogger Kathy Schrock presents a list of resources on education and technology.  Includes links to education theory as well as practical applications for all types of technology in the K-12 classroom.    


Smithsonian Resources for Educators

Lesson plans, resources and activities on all the subjects in the museum.  Includes the Smithsonian Education gateway and the Smithsonian Science Education Center as well as resources on art, history, culture, and technology.


Teaching Tolerance

Educating for a diverse democracy. This site allows you to create literacy based, anti-bias, standards based lesson plans.  The site is free, but requires registration so you can save your work.  Create integrated learning plans for grades 3 - 12.


Acceleration Nation

How do race cars work?  What is the science behind NASCAR?  STEM resources, games, and activities to help you answer these questions and more.


Multimedia Games

New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences provides a variety of multi-media games including "math snacks" and several on food safety.


World Library of Science

"The World Library of Science is a free online resource for a global community. Developed as a partnership between UNESCO and Macmillan Science and Education, this online Library offers quality Nature Education content in short eBooks and articles, serving a mission to equalize access to high quality resources for science education for all communities across the globe."



Children's Reading Lists



ALA Reading Lists  

This site combines grade level (preschool - grade 6) reading lists from the Reading is Fundamental program and the age appropriate lists from ALA (preschool - age 12).


Booklist Magazine List of Awards

Links to the awards Booklist considers the most significant, and to their own best books of the year list.   


Children's Picture Book Database

Search the database for topics, concepts, or skills to locate picture books with storylines adapatable to a particular curriculum or program.  For designing literature-based lesson plans and units.  


CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals

The best book for children and the best picture book from the library association of Britain, CILIP.  The list gives all the yearly winners.


Cooperative Children's Book Center

A project of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, this demonstration library of children's literature provides a wide variety of booklists, including many on social subjects.  They also have information on books and censorship for teachers and librarians. 


Children's Book Council : Find Books          

Reading lists, theme round-ups, the ability to search by age, genre, format and theme, as well as tips for parents about choosing books.


Center for the Book: Kids

From the Library of Congress (US) Center for the Book, reading lists on a variety of subjects.


Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature

Database allows you to create a tailored list of quality children's literature or find out if a book has won one of the 78 indexed awards. Books are indexed and can be searched using the form search or keyword search. The form search includes reader age, setting, historical period, format (such as picture book, chapter book, etc.), gender, multicultural, ethnicity of protagonist, gender of protagonist, language, publication year, author/illustrator, keyword, and award.


Graded Reading Lists

Houston Area Independent Schools Library Network (HAISLN) publishes a very comprehensive set of graded reading lists each year. PK - 12.


Teacher's Book Wizard

This interactive site from Scholastic allows you to search by grade or lexile level, and has a read alike feature. 


AR BookFinder

The program of reading and testing called Accelerated Reader is used in many schools.  They use a modified Lexile measure for a reading level, so students will often be looking for books with a very specific assigned number.  A few public libraries use AR as a subject heading in the catalog.   Many school libraries do use the cataloging designation and may have a link to the tests on their library or school web site (it would require a log in).  On this page you can search for books to find out if they are part of the AR program.  In advanced search you can search by reading level as well.  The collections tab has a variety of book lists.   For a public library client, the second step of checking the catalog is necessary.


King County Library System:  Tweens (8-13 years)

KCLS has a lot of booklists linked from their Kids page, most of them as shared lists from their catalog.  Tweens are particularly challenging, so this list is helpful.


50 Book All Kids Should Read Before They're Twelve  

 Commonsense Media provides ratings for books and movies for parents.  Their focus began with digital media and safety.  The site and the ratings lean more towards censorship than a library would, but the reviews can also be helpful for parents or children asking if a title is age appropriate or contains potentially offensive language or sexual or violent content.  One of the few sources to answer the "is this age appropriate" question. 



Aimed at parents, this site provides booklists by "Ages and Stages" and "Popular Topics". 


Outstanding Science Trade Books for K-12

A project of the National Science Teaching Association and the Children's Book Council, this is an annual list. 


Best STEM Books

National Science Teaching Association also publishes this annual list


Teen Booklists


Best Fiction for Young Adults 

Beginning in 2011, this annual list replaces the Best Books for Young Adults lists from the Young Adult Services Division of the American Library Association (ALA/YALSA)


YALSA's Book Awards      

Best Adult Books for Young Adults:  Alex Awards | Best YA Literature of the Year:  Printz Award  | Excellence in YA non-fiction | High interest books for reluctant readers:  Quick Picks |      Great Graphic Novels | Best Debut book:  Morris Award  | Outstanding Books for the College Bound, organized by subject categories | Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults |                   

Teens Top Ten, voted by teens in an online promotion  |  Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults  | Fabulous Films for Young Adults


YALSA Teen Book Finder App

Great book suggestions right in your pocket.  Available on both the app store and google play.


Stuff for the Teen Age

New York Public Library's annual list of the best books for teens.


Reading Rants: Out of the Ordinary Teen Book Lists

Written by a YA librarian and her teen team, these book reviews are in catagories with a lot of teen appeal.  Excellent source. 


Teen Reads

Lists by a variety of genres.


Booklist Magazine List of Awards

Links to the awards Booklist considers the most significant, and to their own best books of the year list.   


Free e-books



International Children's Digital Library

A variety of ebooks in many languages.  Searchable, the page also has booklists by type of book and by age level.


Project Gutenberg

A large collection of free ebooks, mostly classics, in a variety of formats, including Kindle.


Open Textbook Collection

A project begun by the University of Minnesota and now including many universities, this site provides reviews of and links to freely available textbooks at the college level.  Searchable, and also organized by subject.


Open Textbook Collection

A project begun by the University of Minnesota and now including many universities, this site provides reviews of and links to freely available textbooks at the college level.  Searchable, and also organized by subject.  


Open Library

A project of the Internet Archive, the Open Library includes books that you can read online and some that you can download in a variety of formats.  Registration is required, and books are borrowed and returned.  The collection is searchable.   There are also records for books that you would need to buy or find in a library. 


Open Culture

A collection of materials available on the internet, including ebooks. 


Rare Books Online

Rare books from the Smithsonian Institute Collections.  Searchable by collection, arranged by subject.





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