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Online and Audio Books



Bookshare makes reading easier. People with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers can customize their experience to suit their learning style and find virtually any book they need for school, work, or the joy of reading.

International Children’s Digital Library


Read picture books online in many languages.

Let's Keep Reading:  Keep Thinking with Interactive Read Aloud


Watch live as children's authors present interactive storytimes. 


Choose books by author, title, subject, or language.


Read-Along with PBS Kids
"PBS Kids offers families a place to come together and read along with fan-favorites on YouTube."


StoryLine Online
Storyline Online®, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.




"A digital repository of multilingual stories for children from Pratham Books."

Unite for Literacy


Picture books:  "Our content is intentionally curated to represent all genders, races, national origins, disabilities, and ages, in both text and images."



Educational Websites for Kids

Advocates for Children in New Jersey (ACNJ)


This organization exists to protect vulnerable children in the state of NJ who are abandoned, abused, or orphaned.


Amazing Space


Learn about space and stars. 


Ancient Africa for Kids


 A site full of culture, people, and civilizations of the African continent.


Animal Diversity Web


Pictures and information about animals from the University of Michigan’s Museum of Zoology. 


At Home Learning - Spanish


Resources from PBS in Spanish for families.  


Ben's Guide to the Government


Learn about government and elections. Play related games.


Child Mind Institute: "Racism and Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the News"


Article with strategies for parents, teachers, and caregivers to help them talk to children about distressing current events, particularly instances of racism and violence.


Coding Resources for Kids


"With the help of coding educators and experts, Engineering@Syracuse has created “Kids + Coding: Resources for Educators,” a collection of tools and tips."  Take a look especially at "How to Teach Kids More than Coding."


¡Colorín Colorado!


Bilingual website for parents to help children become readers. Un sitio bilingüe con información para padres sobre como ayudar a los niños a leer.


Covid-19 Child Care

New Jersey dedicates funding from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund to support children and families during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please fill out the form on this page.


DK Find Out!


Learn more about nonfiction subjects like science, animals, and history. You can search for a topic or browse the subjects and click for more information.


Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions [during coronavirus crisis]


A long list of resources for every interest: reading, math, history, science, etc. 




These resources for movement and mindfulness will be useful to all and especially to children with attention and learning difficulties.


Tips for Talking to Children After Traumatic Events


Age-graded advice on helping children cope with trauma, from personal tragedies to worrying national events. Includes discussion of typical responses of children, talking points, and suggestions for when to seek help. 


Great Websites For Kids

A collection of websites put together by the American Library Association for elementary aged children organized in a variety of topics. Use the orange menu bar at the top to navigate. 


Guiainfantil.com Cuentos


This site has songs and stories on the site but also information for parents in Spanish. This specific link would be helpful to find short stories for children.


Homeschool Resources


"A small [but impressive] collection of home schooling resources by subject and age level.


How to Prevent Kids from Cheating


"Kids taking classes from home have more opportunities to cheat when they’re not under your supervision. Here’s what to do about it. Educators around the country are confronting a new twist on an old problem: how to prevent kids from cheating when they’re taking their tests from home."


Khan Academy


If you are younger than 13, you will need a parent to sign you in to this site, which has video tutorials and practice for various academic subjects, especially math.




The official kids' portal for the U.S. government links to information and services from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids.


Kids and Coding: Resources for Educators

This collection of free resources, published by Syracuse University is for educators and beginners to the skill of coding. It includes several learning pages, such as: "Glossary of Coding Terms," "Six Tips for Teaching Kids How to Code," "How to Teach More Than Just Coding," and "Kid-Friendly Coding Languages and Learning Tools.""https://onlinegrad.syracuse.edu/teaching-kids-coding"




Google’s filtered search engine emphasizes kid-related content in its results. This can help you save time looking through stuff that is at a much harder reading level.


National Geographic Kids


Learn about the world, its wildlife and its people.


NEA.org: "Talking to Kids About the Attack on the Capitol"


Guide on how to discuss distressing current events with children. While it centers the attack on the US Capitol in January, 2021, the principles can be applied to conversations about that event as well as other crises. 


Planetary Society- Sharing an Eclipse with Kids


Here's a simple and safe way to observe a partial eclipse that's appropriate for young children with no eclipse glasses or other special equipment needed.


The Presidents of the United States of America


 Links to each president of the United States. 


PBS Kids Lab in Spanish


Actividades usando habilidades de matemáticas y lectura. Activities using math and reading skills.


Resources for Parents and Teachers


From the South Carolina Center for Community Literacy, a wealth of free learning sites, games, mental health guidance, virtual field trips, and storytimes for K-12 students and their families and teachers.


Science Buddies


This is a good place for older kids to browse science fair project ideas.


Toobys Español YouTube channel 


 It has more songs and educational videos than stories, but it is in Spanish and children would be free to browse.


Twelve Fun Science Experiments


Extract DNA from split peas?  Suck an egg into a bottle with fire?  Answer the question about why the sky is blue?  Yes!--These are fun and educational too!


Walking with Dinosaurs


Learn facts about dinosaurs.



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