We're excited about our early-literacy initiative "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten," a way the library can help parents celebrate the milestones in their child's growth and get kids ready for learning. Parents can enroll their child anytime (new babies are born every day!) and the program has a flexible end-date of kindergarten. Learn more about 1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Family-Friendly Content Filtering:
E-books for Kids
The library's Overdrive downloadable system now has a "kids' reading room" for juvenile and teen materials. This is a complement to the full downloadable collection: a special interface for our younger patrons directly into the materials they're interested in (and who would rather not browse the racy romances or complex nonfiction selections).
Google has introduced a new kid-friendly search site called Kiddle. It blocks searches of common "naughty" words and also helps filter results of more inoccuous searches to insure family-friendly results.
Fun Links for Kids:
Reading & literacy:
- How about celebrity storytime? The Screen Actor's Guild has a website full of videos of your favorite TV and movie stars reading picture books! These are AMAZING!
- Fun games at Into the Book help kids practice reading skills, logic, and comprehension.
- The Star Fall site is all about phonics-based literacy, from babies learning the A-B-C's through fun for independent readers.
- Author Mo Willems has a phenomenal website full of games, videos, and fun with the characters from his books.
- Become a character from "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" on this great site related to the movie.
- Interact with all the memorable characters of Dr. Seuss in games based upon his books.
- PBS Kids offers a range of activities based on all your kids favorite characters from PBS shows.
General puzzles and games:
- Get interactive with art and online drawing on the National Gallery of Art's kids site
- Great logic, math, and puzzle play for both kids and adults at Puzzles.com
- Created with teachers, ABCya features fun games specific to K-5 grade-level skills - sight words, reading, math, grammar, spelling, science and more.
- Named one of Time Magazine's best of 2011 and created by author Jeff Kinney, Poptropica is a world of adventure islands - safe games with a bit of sneaky learning mixed in.
- Chateau Meddybemps is full of interactive games especially for kids! Fun themes like trains, bakery sweets and holidays.
- Interested in dinosaurs, the stars, or the environment? Check out the fun kids site of theAmerican Museum of Natural History.
- Create your own animal hybrids at Switcheroo Zoo.
- People, places, and animals are featured in a multitude of games at National Geographic for Kids.
- Questions, question, questions - and answers! Seriously Amazing is the slogan of the Smithsonian Institute, and also the name of a super-clickable website full of facts and trivia and good stuff.
- Don't wait for the doctor or dentist's office - Highlights has a rich site with trivia, crafts, jokes, stories and games.
Great Web Sites for Kids is a list, broken into subject areas and updated all the time! It's coordinated by the Children & Technology Committee of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.