Parent Resources

For Adults Who Care About Kids — Early Literacy Web Sites

The bestkidsbooksite

This searchable database includes sample story times, songs, crafts, coloring sheets, finger plays, and more!  A great resource for cares givers and parents looking for activity ideas for their children ages new born to school age.


Born Learning

Explore ways to turn everyday experiences into fun learning opportunities.


Carnegie Cyber Academy

At the Academy, Cadets complete several training missions in Cyberspace that equip them with the skills they need to be good cybercitizens and Cyber Defenders of the Internet.

Every Child Ready to Read @ your Library

Resources on early literacy and brain development.

Foreign Languages for Kids & Parents

Welcome to the wonderful world of where you can learn your first words in English, Spanish, French, German and Italian. You can print out activities, learn about different cultures. This site is designed for kids and their parents to encourage language learning, and to have great fun with foreign languages.

Great Web Sites for Kids

Great Web Sites for Kids (GWS) features links to websites of interest to children 14 years of age and younger, organized into subject headings, from astronomy and space to zoos and aquariums, from games and entertainment to geography and maps. There is also a special section with sites of interest to parents, caregivers and teachers.



Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies is a statewide organization, a recognized leader, catalyst and resource for making high quality, affordable early care and education options available for children and families in Illinois.


Kidwinks Kids Activties

Got kids in Chicago or the suburbs?  Entertain them! Try this website for kid-friendly events and fun family activities.



The Literacy Center Education Network is a non-profit organization that delivers free, professionally designed, educational activities to preschool-age children.   Activities are available in English, Espanol, Deutsch and Francais under Play and Learn.
Tip:  Free interactive lessons are provided through the “” link located under PARENTS and TEACHERS.


National Institute for Literacy

You will find literacy tips through downloadable publications (free), teaching approaches, etc. for children starting at birth.


Reading Rockets

The Reading Rockets website is chock-full of really useful information related to reading, authors, books, and language. This includes videos of a wonderful television program they created called "Launching Young Readers."


Story Blocks

Storyblocks is a project of Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy.  It is a collection of 30-60 second videos modeling songs, rhymes and fingerplays appropriate for early childhood. Each clip includes helpful early literacy tips to increase caregivers’ understanding of child development and pre-literacy needs.


Twisty Noodle

Twisty Noodle has thousands of coloring pages and practice writing worksheets.


Worksheet Lab

This site is a database of free printable activities for pre-school and kindergarten children. Worksheets can be sorted by category, theme, level and activity type. Click on a side menu category to begin.