Great Resources for Parents and Kids
Research, Reference & Other Starting Places


KidsClick Search - A web search for kids by librarians

Great Web Sites for Kids - American Library Association

Kidspace @ The Internet Public Library

The Library of Congress for Kids and Families 

Fact Monster: Online Almanac, Dictionary, Encyclopedia, and Homework Help

Reading Links

Harcourt Trophies - Activities & Resources that tie to our Reading Series

Reading Rockets - "the super stellar reading web site for parents and educators"


Giggle Poetry -  children's poetry by Meadowbrook Press. Lots of funny poems, poetry contests, and more!

Jan Brett - lots of activities, flashcards, and even post cards to send 

Esmé Raji Codell - children's author

Scholastic - links for parents and kids

The Children's Literature Web Guide - Resources related to books for children and young adults

Kristine O'Connell George's Children's Poetry Corner - lots of information about poetry and this author of Fold Me a Poem, The Great Frog Race and Old Elm Speaks, books of poetry for kids.

Math Links

Mathematics Lessons  by Cynthia Lanius from Rice University 
activities range from 3rd grade to adult

Ask Dr. Math This site is a question and answer service for k-12 math students and teachers. 

School Express This site has printable worksheets for many subjects including math.

Newtons Window: This site has newsletters and stories that make math less frightening for parents, teachers, and students.  It also resources, ideas, and srategies for all those involved in learning and teaching math, (and science, and reading, and history, and languages and ....) 

Math Activities from NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) This site lets you choose interactive activites by grade level.

Shodor Interactivate Another math site with over 130 interactive math "games".

Science Links

Science Fair Central - includes cool project ideas, a science fair handbook, reviews of students' experiments, and more from Discovery Channel School.

All Science Fair Projects - Find hundreds of ideas for every science topic, from Astronomy to Zoology! Click on BROWSE to see a list of all topics. There are also lots of links for tips on the Scientific Method and how to prepare your project.

The Internet Public Library: Science Fair Project Resource Guide - samples, ideas, magazines, resources, and more.

Energy Science Projects

Language Arts Links

ReadWriteThink Student Materials - interactive tools to support literacy learning 

Scripps National Spelling Bee - the official site

Spelling Bee - An interactive game of 42 words that won the National Spelling Bee

Spelling Connections - Practice the spelling words that are included in the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade spelling series.

Social Studies Links


Xpeditions Atlas - National Geographic Society's maps made for printing and copying

Map Machine - National Geographic Society's atlas of satellite, street maps and more

Blank Outline State Maps

How far is it? - This service calculates the distance between two places (as the crow flies). 

Interactive USA jigsaw game - put the states back on the map in the correct places


Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids

White House Site for Kids

Charters of Freedom  - The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and The Bill of Rightsational Archives Experience

The Constitution for Kids: 4th through 7th Grade

Information on the 50 Statesdes coloring pages for the outline of the state, the state bird and the state flower

Basic State Facts

The Fifty States at Fact Monster

Stately Knowledge at The Internet Public Library


Flags of All Countries - includes a flag identifier

Flags - Features flags from all over the world and includes some basic statistics about each country 

United States Flag Page

State Flags of the 50 States

Star-Spangled Banner and the War of 1812 from the Encyclopedia Smithsonian 

Historical Flags of the US 


Explorers - from Enchanted Learning - search the site for bios of over over 15,000 celebrities. Also find out who was born on your birthday.
Biographical Dictionary - This dictionary covers more than 33,000 notable men and women who have shaped our world from ancient times to the present day. 
Official Ellis Island Site 


h.i.p. pocket change - ins are H.istory I.n your P.ocket from the U.S. M
Illinois Links

(Abe Lincoln links too!)

State of Illinois
Field Museum of Natural History

Department of Natural Resources 

Lincoln’s Home National Park (also links to National Parks in other states) 

Enjoy Illinois - tourism site

Illinois information from Enchanted Learning

An Illinois wordsearch to print

Factmonster - Facts, history and links to famous Illinoisans


History Place - Abraham Lincoln  - read the Gettysburg Address, look at Civil War photographs and others, and learn more about the 16th president.

Life of Abraham Lincoln - from a first-grade class in South Berwick, Maine.

Mr. Lincoln's Virtual Library -  Mr. Lincoln's Virtual Library Preview offers selections from two collections at the Library of Congress that illuminate the life of Abraham Lincoln.

Art and Music Links

Crayola - Visit here for craft ideas, stories, online art, coloring book, games, crayola info, and teacher pages

Louvre in France - Be sure to click the English link! 

The Artist's Toolkit: Visual Elements & Principles - interactive lessons sponsored by The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Walker Art Center

ArtsConnectEd Playground - sponsored by The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Walker Art Center

A. Pintura, Art Dective- a dectective style to explore art in great depth.

Links for Parents - Parent's Guide Rich with features that are helpful for parents and students as well as teachers.

PBS Parents - Resources for parents on topics such as child development.

Family Fun Magazine - includes recipes, games and printables parenting advice, child development and family reference

Teachers & Parents Corner - Part of Kidspace @ The Internet Public Library

Illinois State Board of Education