Parents & Teachers

Recommended sites for parents and teachers about raising readers and teaching and caring for kids.

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.

Teaching & Literacy resources

Award Winning Books

Links for several book award lists

Shaped Hub

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

DLTK For Kids

Fun stuff, including printables, coloring sheets, patterns, characters, etc. includes Brainzy

Teaching and learning resources & games (access requires a free account)

NoveList Plus

Read-alikes, author information, booklists, lexile info (free access WITH your library card)
See the Online Resources page for more resources with your card. 

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

Books for Kids by Theme

Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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

Parent & Healthy child info

  • Milestones
    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
  • Understood
    Guidance about youth who learn or think differently
  • PBSKids Parents 
    Resources for parents about education & youth development
  • Bullying Issues

    Parent resources about dealing with bullying

Educator Status and Class Visits

Educator Status Library Card Application

Downloadable application packet

Thematic Booklists 
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.

Thematic Story Kits

Listed to check out with educator card


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