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Audiobooks and E-books

 

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(HOME ACCESS ONLY)Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning.

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Storyline Online highlights streaming videos featuring famous people reading children’s books aloud.

Speakaboos Logo and LinkSpeakaboos brings classic children’s entertainment into a digital world. Beloved characters and treasured stories are given new life through amazing celebrity performances, beautiful illustrations, and original music. At Speakaboos, children develop literacy skills while learning about technology in a safe and fun environment.

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OverDrive Media Console ­– Use this link to find and download audiobooks and e-books to your home computer or mobile device.

iCONN.org OneClickDigital – Use this link to find and download audiobooks and e-books to your home computer or mobile device.

Booklists and Recommendations

 

Children’s Booklists – Librarian-selected booklists for children are available via Pinterest.  Click on one of the links below, then browse book covers for interesting titles.  (Click on the book covers to find the book in our catalog or request the title from another library.)

Adventure Stories
Children’s Library Staff Picks
Creepy Stories
Fantasy
Graphic Novels
Historical Fiction
Mysteries
Picture Books
Realistic Fiction
Science Fiction
School Days

Caldecott Medal Winners
Newbery Medal Winners
Nutmeg Book Award Winners
2016 Nutmeg Book Award Elementary Nominees
2016 Nutmeg Book Award Intermediate Nominees

Thanks to Ashley S. for compiling these lists.

New York Times Bestsellers Lists – Weekly summary of bestselling books. Scroll down for lists of bestselling Picture Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult and Series books.

NoveList Plus – Use this database of books to search for books for children.  Book records include Lexile levels to help parents/educators find appropriate books.

NPR Children’s Books Reviews – Use this link to get more information about children’s books highlighted on National Public Radio.

READKIDDOREAD – A website created by James Patterson to help parents and educators connect their children with the books that will turn them into lifelong readers.

Guys Read – Guys Read, a web-based literacy program for boys founded by author and First National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka, is on a mission to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers.

International Children’s Digital Library – The ICDL is a growing collection of FREE children’s e-books written in one of 61 different languages.  Check it out!

Homework Help

World Book Online – A comprehensive online resource to meet the informational needs of students and families.  Includes World Book for Kids and Estudiantil Hallazgos, a Spanish Language Encyclopedia.

Kids SearchA state-of-the-art search engine designed specifically for youth in grades K-8

KidsClick! – KidsClick! is a web search site designed for kids by librarians – with kid-friendly results!

WordCentral – Merriam-Webster’s Word Central offers kids a student dictionary, Daily Buzzword, and interactive word games.

Study Jams – This easy-to-use teaching tool will help you introduce and reinforce more than 200 important topics in math and science through fun interactive activities.

 IPL2 Kidspace – A web search tool for kids managed by librarians.

Other Resources for Elementary School students from iCONN.org

Internet Safety

NetSmartz Workshop Kids – NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.

Parenting Resources

Meriden Board of Education – The official website of the Meriden, Connecticut Public Schools and the City of Meriden Board of Education. Parents, family members, students, staff and the public can use this site as an informative online resource for information on each of the schools, specific departments of the BOE, and other valuable resources.

Meriden Children’s First –   The Meriden Children First Initiative (CFI) supports the health, development and early learning of children.  CFI works with a variety of community partners to sponsor parent leadership trainings, publish useful research and information, and connect families with community resources.

Homeschool Resources

– Connecticut Organizations

Connecticut Homeschool Network, Inc. – CT Homeschool Network (CHN) is Connecticut’s largest statewide support & information homeschool organization that serves to inclusively inform, empower, and build community among home educators in the state of Connecticut.

Connecticut State Department of Education: Homeschooling – Information concerning educating children at home as well as links to other helpful resources.

– National Organizations

HSLDA – Home School Legal Defense Association – Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children and to protect family freedoms.

Homeschool Central – The place to find all of the homeschool resources you need including curriculum choices, support groups, and how to home school.

Homeschool Info – The goal of this website is to educate parents about homeschooling and the necessary requirements for achieving maximum success with the homeschool curriculum experience.

Homeschool World – Home of Mary Pride’s Practical Homeschooling magazine and homeschooling community. Has a large number of articles, news, online experts, and up-to-date events list.

Fun & Games

Youngzine – Youngzine is a one-of-a-kind Web site where children can learn about current news and events shaping their world — in a simple, engaging and interactive manner.

Thrill of the Catch – In this community fishing game that’s designed for young kids, every user becomes part of the mini-ecosystem. Users’ customized fish get added to the community lakes and everyone must do their part to keep the lakes clean.  Simply set up an account, create a fish, choose your tackle and get immersed in this virtual underwater experience.  Interest:  Gr.

Peace Corps Challenge Game for Kids – The Peace Corps Challenge game gives players the opportunity to work in the fictional village of Wanzuzu as a Peace Corps Volunteer. You must work with local villagers and Peace Corps members to solve eight different challenges facing Wanzuzu: water contamination, sanitation and disease, microfinance, barren fields, malaria, soil erosion, education of girls, and agroforestry.The game aims to teach players about sustainable development at the grassroots level, as well as topical lessons on development, and expose kids to what Peace Corps Volunteers do as a way to spark their interest in volunteering. Interest: Gr. 3-6.

Discovery Kids in Spanish – Videos and games featuring favorite characters from Discovery Kids. Also includes helpful information for parents.  (En español.) Videos y juegos que presentan sus personajes favoritos de Discovery Kids. Incluye también información útil para los padres.

Kidzone with the New York Philharmonic – Discover the world of the New York Philharmonic and go backstage to learn about their music and instruments. Explore famous composers, play games, and create music of your own.

Lawrence Hall of Science – The Lawrence Hall of Science is UC Berkeley’s public science center; 24/7 Science is the kids page, which includes a variety of science experiments and activities, as well as games and citizen science opportunities.

Mocomi – Mocomi is a fresh approach to content for kids with the perfect blend of fun and learning that helps the left and the right brained child learn through experiences.

PBS Kids Lab in Spanish – (En español.)  Juegos y actividades que desarrollan habilidades de matemáticas y lectura.
Games and activities that help develop math and reading skills.

SciGirls – A PBS site for girls interested in science. SciGirls includes games, project ideas, videos and more.

 

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