Encouraging Your Child to Read

The links below will take you to sites that provide great suggestions for helping your child develop and maintain an interest in reading. Check back often - we'll keep adding and modifying the list of suggested links.

20 Ways for Parents to Encourage Reading
Tips for Reading Aloud with Elementary School Children
Choosing Books for a Reluctant Reader
Best Children’s Book.org
This website is created by teachers and general public. It's a good source if your looking for books by subject or level.



Language and Literacy Skills
Set the stage for a lifetime of learning! Read, talk, sing, write, and play with your child to develop and foster a lifetime of literacy. Created by the Multnomah County Library.

Newbery Medal
Recognizes distinguished contributions to American children’s literature.

Caldecott Medal
Recognizes distinguished art in an American picture book.

Sibert Medal
Recognizes the most distinguished informational picture book published in English.

Geisel Award
Recognizes authors for their literary and artistic achievements that demonstrate creativity and imagination to engage children in reading.

Helping With Homework
Family Education
This site is packed with 'back-to-school' information - and it goes beyond homework help (although there is a great homework section here...)
The main back-to-school page includes links on getting ready for school, back-to-school safety, 'what parents need to know this school year', and even breakfast and lunch ideas and recipes.
TLS Books Free Worksheets
Need a little more help with school work or wishing to educationally occupy your kids? This site is full of free educational worksheets for Pre-K to Grade 5.
Scholastic School Success
Tips from Scholastic to help your kids succeed in school from Pre-K to grade 8.

Internet Safety & Awareness
Be Internet Awesome
To make the most of the internet, kids need to be prepared to make smart decisions. Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence.

On Guard Online 
The federal government provides tips for parents about navigating online safety, including talking with your kids.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has
internet safety resources for parents, educators, and law enforcement. Each page provides presentations and links to more information. This site also has a link for parents with teens and a special section just for kids. 

The Australian government created this great resource, including advice about being online safely for all ages. 

FBI’s Parent Guide to Internet Safety
The FBI's informational pamphlet about online exploitation and the risks to your children. 
Parenting Tips

Health and Parenting Center
This site from WebMD covers popular hot topics in parenting and health, popular searches as well as access to their online parenting community.

Planned Parenthood - Tools for Parents 
Great source for tips on talking to children about growing up.

English as a Second Lanugage (ESL) Resources for Kids

LearnEnglish Kids
A great resource for free online games, videos and audio to help kids learn English the fun way!