Resources for Parents and Educators

Online Educational and Entertainment Resources

Andrews McNeel Publishing Kids newsletter is giving away weekly free downloadable ebooks of popular graphic novels such as Big Nate.

Education at Home Resources compiled by a Stoughton Library patron (thank you!)

Kitlit TV and Storyline Online have a bunch of book read-alouds for children to enjoy.

Kids Listen has a list of podcasts for children.

Jarrett Krosoczka "Draw Every Day" webcasts: this author/illustrator will host weekly drawing tutorials for children.

Kate Messner has collected a list of authors posting lessons, activities, and fun things for children to do online.

Scholastic has a collection of educational resources for working with children at home.

Mo Willems, creator of "Elephant and Piggie," is hosting a series of drawing and writing videos.

Learning Resources

Wisconsin First Nations Education: Explore a rich collection of educational videos, teacher professional development resources, lesson plans for all grades, and learning tools regarding American Indians in Wisconsin.

Cyber Safety Course for parents, provided by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Ultimate Guide to Free Reading and Literacy Resources Curated resources for read-alongs, virtual story times, reading games, and more!


Here are some useful links to help you make decisions about your child's tablet and computer use, as well as resources for finding high quality apps for your family.

American Library Association Best Apps for Teaching & Learning: Award-winning apps for children.

Apps on the News: A Madison Public Librarian reviews children's apps on the local news.

Best Apps for Kids: A robust, searchable guide to help you find quality apps. Check out their Free Friday page as well.

Common Sense Media: App reviews for ages 2-18.

Digital Storytime: A robust, searchable guide to help you find quality apps.

Family Time with Apps: A Guide to Using Apps with Your Kids. Free downloadable guide in multiple formats.

Reading Rockets: Subject guides to literacy apps, including Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities.

School Library Journal: Reviews of new apps.

(Many thanks to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction; Carissa Christner of Madison Public Library; Ann Cooksey and Kristi Helmkamp of Appleton Public Library; Denise Chojnacki of Rhinelander District Library; and Kerry Pinkner of Waukesha Public Library for these links.)