Parents & Teachers

Here you can find resources for parents, teachers, and others who work with children about finding good books and planning learning activities.

Visit our Learn-at-Home page for online fun & learning for kids or eBooks for Kids for digital downloads (books, comics, audios) for kids and teens.

Important COVID-19 Related information for students & families

Marshalltown Community School District Updates
  • How to help children cope with emergencies –
  • PBSKids Guide (videos, activities) to help kids understand COVID-19
  • Ideas for talking with children about Covid-19 –

Teaching & Literacy resources

Fun and educational activities for all ages

Empowering Educators
Guidebook & Digital Series by First Book on Race & Racism

Read Aloud Revival
Booklists on all kinds of topics, tips for reading aloud, homeschooling


On all kinds of popular topics


Read-alikes, author information, booklists, lexile info

Teaching Books
Booklists, Author Info, Curriculum Connections & more*

Reading Level
Lexile Level or AR Level

Movie and Book Content – Common Sense Media

Information about content for parents

Booklists for Teachers

Best of and thematic booklists

Thematic Booklists

Cooperative Children’s Book Center

Recommended Books

From American Library Association for Children

Bullying Issues

Parent resources about bullying

Reading Rockets

Resources and tips for encouraging reading

Read Aloud Handbook

Jim Trelease’s tips about reading and readers

Raising a Reader

PBS resource for parents

Reading is Fundamental

RIF resource

Reach Out and Read

Early literacy program

Reading with Babies

How to read with babies and book recommendations

CDC’s guide to recognize developmental stages, signs needing early intervention

Thematic Planning Resources

DLTK For Kids

Printables, patterns, characters, etc.

Digame un Cuento

Spanish/English planning resource

Educator Status and Class Visits

Educator Status Card

Downloadable application packet

Thematic Story Kits

Listed to check out with educator card

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