Resources for Parents

Carefully chosen websites and fact sheets on a variety of topics including internet safety, national book awards, reading resources and more.


Creating Readers

Here are some great sites that provide suggestions for helping your child develop and maintain an interest in reading.

Twenty practical and easy tips to help parents inspire their kids to pick up and read a book, written by educators of the Green Forest Elementary School in Missouri.            


Book Lists & National Book Awards

Let the experts point you toward the best books to share with your children. Browse full lists of all the annual children's book awards. 

This links to the Newbery Medal site: Recognizes distinguished contributions to American children’s literature.    Links to the Caldecott Medal site: Recognizes distinguished art in an American picture book.    Links to the Sibert Medal site: Recognizes the most distinguished informational picture book published in English.    Links to the Geisel Award site: Recognizes authors for their literary and artistic achievements that demonstrate creativity and imagination to engage children in reading. 


Internet Safety & Awareness

Interactive learning games for kids and tips for parents can help keep your kids safe online.

Links to Be Internet Awesome site: To make the most of the internet, kids need to be prepared to make smart decisions. Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence.    Links to On Guard Online site: The federal government provides tips for parents about navigating online safety, including talking with your kids.    Links to Netsmartz site: The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has internet safety resources for parents, educators, and law enforcement. Each page provides presentations and links to more information. This site also has a link for parents with teens and a special section just for kids.     Safewise


English as a Second Language (ESL) Resources for Kids

Links to International Children's Digital Library site: The ICDL Foundation's goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world.        Links to Literactive site: Literactive is the leading provider of reading material for pre-school, kindergarten and grade 1 students available online. The program is comprised of carefully levelled guided readers, comprehensive phonic activities and a wealth of supplemental reading material which gradually develop a child's reading skills in a sequential and enjoyable manner. An ESL version for every Guided Readers is available for download.    Links to the library subscription of Rosetta Stone.