Resources for Parents & Caregivers
The Children's Department is focused on providing parents and caregivers with tools and resources that they can use to help their children develop literacy skills and a lifelong love of reading. Please explore the sites below for information on how parents and caregivers can foster a literacy rich environment at home and play an active role in preparing their children for school and future success.
- AR BookFinder - Looking for an Accelerated Reader?
- The Best Children's Books - Created and maintained by a team of teachers who love children's books and have created this site of the best children's books to help you quickly and easily find the ideal book for any topic and reading level.
- 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.
- Every Child Ready to Read - A joint project between the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children, ECRR aims to make public libraries centers for early literacy development through resources, workshops, and education.
- Family Guide to Understanding Early Reading Skills - Developed by the Ohio Department of Education and the Center for Students, Families, and Communities, this guide offers parents/caregivers tips for preparing their children for kindergarten, helpful online and print resources, and information on the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment - Literacy (KRA-L) test.
- Help Me Grow - Site full of information on everything from health and wellness to school readiness with an additional listing of resources for children and families broken down by county.
- Helping Books Connection - Helping Books Connection is a resource center compiled to assist families and caring adults with finding and using quality children’s literature as a tool for individual and group discussion activities.
- iParenting Preschooler & Child - A partner with DisneyFamily.com, iParenting provides a wide variety of worksheets in the areas of motor, social, and academic skills as well as personal information. Worksheets are available in Word ’97 and Portable Document Format (PDF).
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Education Place - Pre-K through 6th grade resources for teachers, students, and families to support instruction in the classroom and at home.
- KidsHealth - KidsHealth is the #1 most-visited website for children's health and development.
- Ohio Ready to Read - The State Library of Ohio and the Ohio Library Council have created Ohio Ready To Read to help address the early literacy needs of Ohio's youngest citizens. Ohio Ready To Read is a major ongoing statewide initiative to disseminate early literacy information to public library staff and trustees, early child care providers, educators, children's advocates, parents, and political decision makers.
- PBS Kids - Provides a selection of games and videos based on PBS characters like Clifford the Big Red Dog and Sid the Science Kid.
- Reading for Beginners - Look for ideas from experts to make reading part of everyday life. Find tips on recognizing the common stages in learning to read, and what to do if an obstacle gets in the way.
- Six Early Literacy Skills - Explanation of the six skills that every child needs to develop in order to be ready to read.
- Starfall - Literacy-based games and activities for children pre-K through 2nd grade.