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Websites for Parents


There are some wonderful web resources and book to help you with your children’s learning. Take advantage of the work that has been put into these sites.





Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library – sign up for free monthly books for your child from birth until age 5!

Activity sheets
to go with each of the Dolly Parton Imagination books




This site provides many links that will help you and your children understand the importance of reading and find resources that make developing reading skills easier and more enjoyable.


Find a Book: This site will allow you to enter your child's reading level or grade, along with his/her ability level and interests, and will come up with a list of books your child may enjoy!      




Everyday life is a learning experience for children. Born learning is a public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents, and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities. In English and Spanish.


TEL4U is the Kid's Page of the Tennessee Electronic Library, which is free to everyone in the state of Tennessee and accessible anywhere you have an internet connection.  The fun homepage links parents and children directly to the TEL Resources appropriate for grades K-5 as well as providing links to other web resources for literacy and language development (including e-books), state history and educational games.



The Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) is an invaluable resource available to everyone in the state of Tennessee - for free!  TEL includes millions of research articles, popular reading, multimedia sources, test preparation, genealogy and access to The Memphis Commercial Appeal, The Knoxville New Sentinel, and the Chattanooga Times Free Press. 


Find out where your local library is and what they offer. A great resource all year long, and it can really help kids keep up their skills in the summer.


The early literacy guides offered on this page provide simple tips on how to help children grow into strong readers, as well as book suggestions, and tips for parents on how to make the most of reading time with their children.


Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.


PBS for ParentsThis site contains guides on a variety of topics such as child development, curriculum connections, and technology for kids. It also shares information on hot issues in education. On the lighter side, there are games, stories, and guides to the TV programs offered by PBS. The guide is also available in Spanish. Bienvenidos a PBS Padres!


Family guides that explain the standards in easy terms


Resources for Pre-K to grade 8 – explain standards and provide links to activities


Most public school students in Tennessee have no Tennessee history or civics textbook, even though students in about half of the grades are required to learn parts of the subject every school year. Because of this, it is more important than ever that students have a place to go for information on Tennessee history.


This website has many activities and games that could be used as resources for parents and teachers.  It is broken out into easy to follow categories.


Podcast with Gabrielle Miller, National Executive Director of Raising a Reader – “positive family involvement matters and is directly related to children’s literacy achievement” – talks about current studies at Stanford University and Harvard University relating to vocabulary development and school success, importance of reading aloud to gain new vocabulary  -- “family involvement absolutely matters”; importance of families owning books – brief discussion of Raising a Reader organization


QuickSource® is a comprehensive resource tailored to meet educators’ specific needs and the needs of the children in their care. Early childhood teachers and parents can find step-by-step activities, materials lists and outcomes all in one, convenient place.


Let Earlychildhood NEWS help you stay on the forefront of new developments and current information with these carefully selected articles from some of the brightest minds in early childhood education


Information about reading, books, child development, activities…


ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.


School Success starts early. The Department of Education wants to help you to be your child's first and most important teacher. This is the reason the Department has initiated Smart From the Start.


Interactive literacy activities for parents and children


Between the Lions: Get Wild About Reading (from PBS)
Stories, games, songs for parents and children to surf together


Child Reading Information Search Engine Helps parents find articles and books for their children’s reading needs.


Curious About... This site encourages children and parents to come to the library.


Dads and Daughters


Tips and resources for fathers of daughters.


Databases of Award-Winning Children’s Literature Database of Award-Winning Children’s Literature, including 4000 records from 50 awards across 5 English-speaking countries.


Family Crafts from About.com
Links and information about how to make various kinds of homemade books.


Fathers Direct: The Website For Fathers by Fathers
A website for fathers, by fathers.


International Reading Association Literacy Links: Resources for teachers and parents


Journal of Extension (article) An article about involving fathers in children’s literacy development.


Literacy Today: Parents in Partnership An article: promotes parents and children reading together.


Parents as Teachers Fun literacy activities for parents.


Reading is Fundamental: Reading Planet Activities and ideas for parents and teachers to use to motivate children to learn; games and stories for children to play and read.


Articles about parenting children 3-8


Find answers to your questions about the current issues of today that most concern your family


Very extensive information about children’s health


Ready-made activities for all 5 components of reading.  Teachers and parents could use these activities to help struggling or quick learners.                                    


Books and Articles


Family Resources

Here is a great resource that offers a list of Educational Websites that you can enjoy with your children.
Download Educational Websites to Use with Children


How can you help your child in the face of disaster? What can you do to ensure your child has opportunities to express his or her emotions, ask questions and understand what has happened? These tips help parents and teachers engage children in language and literacy activities that allow them to express their emotions and develop coping skills.
Download When Children Face Disaster: The Role of Literacy


This calendar offers suggestions for fun activities to do with your children all through the year. Sharing language and literacy experiences with your children helps support their learning and their school success.
Download the Celebrate Literacy Calendar.


Cultivating Readers, a parent-friendly magazine, written by the National Center for Family Literacy with funding from Houghton Mifflin, provides effective and easy strategies for promoting reading throughout a child’s early years.
Download the Cultivating Readers magazine.




Bradbury, J. 2003. Children’s Book Corner: A Read-Aloud Resource with Tips, Techniques, and Plans for Teachers, Librarians and Parents Level Pre-K-K. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.
Includes read-aloud plans for particular books, lists of good read-aloud picture books, and tips for both professionals and parents.

Fox, Mem. Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. New York: Harcourt, Inc., 2001.

Haas, Monty and Haas, Laurie Joy. Read it Aloud! A Parent’s Guide to Sharing Books with Young Children. Natick, MA: The Reading Railroad, 2000.

Hearne, Betsy, with Deborah Stevenson. Choosing Books for Children: A Commonsense Guide. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1999.

Lewis, Valerie V. and Walter M. Mayes
. Valerie & Walter’s Best Books for Children: A Lively,

Lipson, Eden Ross
. New York Times Parent’s Guide. Rev. ed. New York: Times Books, 2000.

Miller, L. G. & Gibbs, M. J. 2002. Making Toys for Infants & Toddlers: Using Ordinary Stuff for Extraordinary Play. Beltsville, MD: Gryphon House.
Simple and inexpensive ideas for parents to create developmental toys for infants and toddlers.

Miller, L. G. & Gibbs, M. J. 2002. Making Toys for Preschool Children: Using Ordinary Stuff for Extraordinary Play. Beltsville, MD: Gryphon House.
Simple and inexpensive ideas for parents to create developmental toys for preschoolers.

Rath Linda K. and Kennedy, Louise. The Between the Lions Book for Parents. New York: Harper, 2004.

Trelease, J. 1985. The Read-Aloud Handbook. New York, NY: Penguin Books.
A resource for parents to learn why, when and how to, and what for read aloud.