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Books & Reading

A Mighty Girl  A website dedicated to reviewing great books, movies, music, toys and activities that encourage building strong character.
 A website started by popular author Jon Scieszka dedicated to promoting life-long learning and love of reading.  Great book lists, articles, activities and links.
Wimpy Kid Club:  For fans of Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid, this site has games, discussion boards, activities and information about upcoming books!
Magic Tree House Kids' Adventure Club:  For fans of Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House Series, play along with Jack & Annie's adventure games, read about the books and sign up for an exclusive newsletter!
Seussville—the official home of Dr. Seuss on the Web—is the place for children of all ages to play and learn with Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully whimsical books and classic characters.
Explore the world of children's literature with KidLit TV.  Podcasts and book trailers for children, interviews with authors, videos to watch, stories to listen to, crafts and activities to inspire kids to read, write and draw.
Starfall:  A variety of educational games and activities perfect for beginning readers and children learning to read.
Library of Congress' Center for the Book:  Kids, teens and adults can watch author webcasts, learn about contests and activities for young readers and writers, access book lists of recommened reading and read full text versions of classic stories -- for free!
The Stacks is for children age 8-12 and offers games, blogs, videos and information about favorite Scholastic books and authors such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Raina Telgemeier, Geronimo Stilton, 39 Clues, Harry Potter, Captain Underpants, Gordon Korman and more!
Scholastic Family Playground is for children ages 3-7 and has games, stories, printables and videos about favorite scholastic books such as Clifford the Big Red Dog, I Spy, Wordgirl and Magic School Bus.

Storyline Online:  Enjoy a selection of stories read online by famous actors. Files are available for Windows Media, Real Player or Quicktime formats.
Pottermore:  The ultimate resource for Harry Potter fans!  Design your own patronus, defend Professor Snape, discuss the Cursed's all here!  Virtual activities, book discussion, news items, games, and more. 

Homework Help Websites
Khan Academy's site offers FREE information and tutorials for students on all levels of subjects such as math, science, grammar, computers and history.  This site also offers help with preparing for standardized tests, such as for the SAT.
DOGO News has short format articles for kids on current events, science, sports and more plus lots of pictures, videos and an interactive map!
Scholastic News Online:  Today’s news headlines in a kid-friendly format. Kids will experience the news from a variety of angles with articles, videos, book reviews, surveys, newsfeeds, and podcasts. Also visit scholastic's election coverage website at
Smithsonian's Tween Tribune:  Looking for articles about science, history or current events? This interactive site features content for grades 5-8. It is also possible for teachers to create accounts & use the site's content in the classroom.
NBC News correspondents from Chicago to Tokyo to Helsinki offer analysis and fresh perspectives on events in this quickly changing world.
Channel One News:  A resource for students to find articles about US & World current events.
DK Explore & DK Find Out!:  DK Publishing's two sites for activity sheets, articles, recipes and videos on all your favorite subjects like science, biography, art, crafts, current events and more!​
Duolingo is a non-profit, free, language-learning program offering a choice of 16 languages for English speakers.
Dance Mat Typing
Would you like to learn how to type? Work your way through the four levels at this site.

Typing Club:  Learn touch typing for free!
Citation Machine:  Are you writing a research paper and you need to make a Works Cited page?  Developed by David Warlick and part of the Landmark Project, this citation tool aims to "make it so easy for student researchers to cite their information sources, (they have) virtually no reason not to."

Merriam-Webster Online:  Definitions include the part of speech, pronunciation including audio, and links to words used in the definition.  Also here are a thesaurus, a Spanish-English dictionary, a medical dictionary, word games and more.  

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
PBS Kids Design Squad: Kids can safely share their engineering ideas and sketches, and be inspired by how-to videos and real-world projects.

Discovery Kids
Discovery Kids inspires kids to explore the awesome world around them and satisfy their curiosity with innovative games, activities, quizzes and articles.

Science Bob
“Science Bob” teaches science to young actors and shares his website here. A variety of topics such as weather, the human body, and science experiments are covered. Teachers will find lesson helps, and links to science website are also included.

Steve Spangler Science
A collection of videos and activities that teach basic scientific concepts, arranged by topic.  Steve Spangler is a teacher, science toy designer, speaker, author, Emmy award-winning television personality and founder of, a Denver-based company specializing in the creation of science toys, classroom science demonstrations, teacher resources and home for Spangler’s popular science experiment archive and video collection. 

Science Buddies

Looking for an idea for your science fair project?  This site has over 1,000 great ideas with instructions for science experiments--and it will even match you up with the perfect idea by asking you a few short questions!

Kids' Recycling Guide
Free, interactive website with quizzes, games, and fun facts about recycling. 

Hooda Math
Engaging online games that teach math and logic in creative ways -- use math to go shopping for clothes, build a bridge, or assemble a machine!
The EngineerGirl website is designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women.

Carnegie Cyber Academy

Tips for kids and parents on internet safety as well as an interactive educational game, Carnegie Cadets!  Teaches students to identify spam, chat safely, identify website dangers and deal with cyber bullying. is a site designed to support the learning and teaching of computer coding. Features Hour of Code, a special program designed to teach beginners how to code. Through well thought out tutorials people of all ages can learn Scratch, Hopscotch and Java programming languages.
Cyberchase:  Kids can dive into the world of science and math with this PBS show.   After learning, kids can do activities, play games, or read up on their topic of choice. Parents and teachers can use this as a fun educational tool.
App Inventor: This site was designed to help beginners program mobile apps for android. The site offers tutorials with step-by-step directions, an on-line book, and a "course-in-a-box."

NASA's Astonomy Picture of the Day:  This site from NASA features a different daily image or photograph of the universe with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.  Also see Image of the Day, from the National Oceanic & Atmosperic Administration.
How Stuff Works:  Contains "explanation of how the world actually works" in categories such as "adventure," "animals," "auto," and more.
NOVA:  PBS's website that provides teachers and students access to articles, audio slide shows, audio stories, expert Q&A, interactive segments, interviews, program videos, quizzes, time lines and video shorts related to this science themed television series.

Financial Literacy Website Resources:

Practical Money Skills:
Resources and games for teaching and learning about money and finance.
Research information about historical US currency

Finance in the Classrom:
Providing high-quality personal finance materials for K-12 educators, students and parents.
History, Social Studies, Writing & The Arts
Explore the wacky and inventive poetry of Jack Prelutsky, the first Children's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation.
Poet Kristine O'Connell George's site where you can read and hear her poems read aloud.
Giggle Poetry:  The self proclaimed number one fun poetry site for kids on the web! Learn to write poetry, create poems online, and read and rate hundreds of poems. Teacher resources available.
Amazing Kids Magazine:  A kid-created online magazine dedicated to helping kids realize their amazing potential.

National Gallery of Art for Kids
Explore stories in art, take a post card tour of one of the galleries, get directions for art activities and projects, and more.

BBC Primary History
This is a great history site for primary grades to learn basic information about a few specific periods in history and the people of the era.  The website is designed like a toybox and will allow children to really "explore" the different topics.

National Geographic Kids
National Geographic’s site for young readers is one of the best resources for information on the Net about the world, its people, and its wildlife. Not only can you read the newest edition of this magazine on-line, you can check out the contests, polls, games and even virtual adventures. for Kids: A kids’ portal to the U.S. government, this site was developed and is maintained by the Federal Citizen Information Center. It provides links to Federal kids sites along with kids sites from other organizations all grouped by subject.
The Holocaust Home Page:  Part of Shamash:  The Jewish Network site.  The page inlcudes links to Holocaust photographs, Holocaust denial sources and documents to refute such claims, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and more.
On This Day in History:  Enter a date between 1800 and 2002 to discover the headlines of the day, top songs, average wages, and more.
Kids Think Design Website: This website offers activities and resources for all kinds of design:  fashion design, engineering, graphic design, environmental planning, animation and more!  Includes interactive projects and interviews with professionals in the field and invites young designers to submit their own designs for publication.

Nations Online Project:  Detailed information about countries, cities, landmarks, languages and continents of the world.  

Fun and Games
PBS Kids
PBS Kids has tons of games, many of them based on your favorite TV or storybook characters.
FunBrain is a site with loads of math and word games - and some fun arcade games
Disney Junior's website has fun and educational games and videos based on your favorite Disney Junior characters.
BrainPop has fun activities, facts, games and videos for middle schoolers on a variety of subjects, including math, science, English, technology, arts & music, engineering and health.
TEDEd:  TED talks for kids!  Short, award-winning animated videos about ideas that spark the curiosity of learners everywhere.
Hundreds of educational games, activities, quizzes, articles and more--for kids and everyone to use online for free!

Find More Great Websites & Apps
These lists show our favorites, but visit the sites below for many more suggestions!
The American Library Association's Recommended Websites for Kids--organized by topic, this website offers hundreds of links to websites from animals and science to literature, math and current events.
Common Sense Media's Recommended Apps for Kids--organized by age and topic--HUNDREDS of great choices!!