Recommended sites for parents and teachers about raising readers and teaching and caring for kids.
Teaching & Literacy resources
Links for several book award lists
Free teaching resources, including activities, lessons, downloadables, and videos for K–12 students.
Read Aloud Revival
Booklists on all kinds of topics, tips for reading aloud, homeschooling
On all kinds of popular topics
Teaching and learning resources & games (access requires a free account)
Read-alikes, author information, booklists, lexile info (free access WITH your library card)
See the Online Resources page for more resources with your card.
Booklists, Author Info, Curriculum Connections & more
Movie and Book Content – Common Sense Media
Information about content for parents
Best of and thematic booklists
Cooperative Children’s Book Center
Resources and tips for encouraging reading
Jim Trelease’s tips about reading and readers
PBS resource for parents
Early literacy program
How to read with babies and book recommendations
Parent & Healthy child info
CDC’s guide to recognize developmental stages, signs needing early intervention
- Empowering Educator
Expert resources from First Book for difficult topics, including trauma, race
- Helping Children Cope
Guidance for preparing and helping youth cope with disasters/emergencies
Guidance about youth who learn or think differently
- PBSKids Parents
Resources for parents about education & youth development
Parent resources about dealing with bullying
Thematic Planning Resources
Printables, patterns, characters, etc.
Spanish/English planning resource
Educator Status and Class Visits
Downloadable application packet
Marshalltown Library’s Read Alouds & Books to Share on Themes
You can also just contact the youth department and we’ll gather books on a theme for you for easy pick-up, usually within 1-2 days from request.
Listed to check out with educator card