Library-Sponsored Resources for Children:

BookFLIX

TRUEFLIX

Kids InfoBits

Little Pim Language Learning

Scholastic Teachables

Tutor.com Homework Help

World Book Online

POWER Kids – PA’s Electronic Library 

Open Educational Resources (OER) Commons – from the PA Power Library


Recommended Websites for Children & Families:

ABCmouse

This program offers self-guided lessons in a variety of subjects for students in pre-K through second grade. Certain programs are free for all schools and teachers in the United States.

Allegheny County Parks

The county features virtual hikes and coloring pages on the Facebook page for the parks.

American Girl 

Play games and watch videos about your favorite American Girl Dolls.

Audible Stories

For as long as schools are closed, we’re open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.

All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Explore the collection, select a title and start listening. It’s that easy.

Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania

Find virtual hikes, naturalist questions and DIY activities.

Bedtime Math

Great for kids who need some daily math practice but dislike drills. Parents and kids can explore a real-world math problem together, and the different levels let kids of different ages participate.

Ben’s Guide

Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government, a service of the Government Publishing Office (GPO), is designed to inform students, parents, and educators about the Federal Government, which issues the publications and information products disseminated by the GPO’s Federal Depository Library Program. It is our hope that Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government fulfills that role.

Capstone 

Free access to PebbleGo, PebbleGo Spanish, PebbleGo Next, and Capstone Interactive eBooks. Educators can sign up for the free access here

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

The museums feature an online collection of art, a TikTok account for the mollusk curator and science experiments, as well as lesson plans and activities. 

Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network provides online games.

Common Sense Media

Free tips and tools for families and educators during this time in English and Spanish.

Funbrain

Funbrain includes games that are fun for your brain and stimulating for your brain.

Junior Library Guild Digital

FREE access to the JLG Digital online reading platform!

With JLG Gold Standard eBooks for Elementary, Middle School and High school students, JLG Digital gives you and your readers unlimited access to read books online from any device. There is no limit to the number of users. Titles enter and exit the digital stream regularly, so there are always new picks available.

Khan Academy

This nonprofit offers short, educational videos on thousands of topics for kids of all ages.

LEGO

Watch LEGO videos and play fun web games.

Mattress Factory

Featuring a virtual collection of art.

NASA Kids’ Club

NASA provides a safe place for children to play as they learn about NASA and its missions. On this site, you will find games of various skill levels for children pre-K through grade 4. These games support national education standards in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

National Geographic Kids

Explore the world of wild animals on the kids’ National Geographic website.

Nick Jr.

Games and videos for Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig, Paddington, Blaze and more friends from Nick Jr. are available here.

Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon is full of fun online games and videos for kids.

Pennsylvania PBS (WQED)

The 2020 – 2021 school year is very different… and that can be a little worrisome. Pennsylvania PBS, the seven public television stations across the commonwealth, want you to know that you are not alone.

Working with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, they have created Learning at Home, your connection to thousands of hours of educational and entertaining videos, activities and games to support you.

PBS Kids

Arthur, Caillou, Sid the Science Kid, Martha, and all your other PBS friends are available online with games and videos.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Phipps maintains a blog with ideas for gardens, activities for families and information about nature in the neighborhood.

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aqaurium – Educational Videos

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium strives to foster positive, lifelong connections between animals and people. Enjoy their collection of educational videos about animals, for preschool and up.

Scholastic

Hang out with Wings of Fire, Magic School, and the Baby Sitters Club on the Scholastic website.

Scholastic – Learn at Home

Offers book suggestions, writing prompts, online activities, and readymade lessons to inspire children to grow the core skills they need for school. [Subscription-based service]

Sesame Street 

Website offers great games that reinforce learning letters, numbers, colors and shapes.

Smithsonian – Fun Stuff for Kids 

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with 19 museums and the National Zoo—shaping the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world.

Storyline Online

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.

Story Place

Storyplace contains stories and activities for preschoolers from the ultimate children’s digital library.

WQED

WQED’s Education Department provides resources for K-2 educators

WQED/Pennsylvania PBS

The 2020 – 2021 school year is very different… and that can be a little worrisome. Pennsylvania PBS, the seven public television stations across the commonwealth, want you to know that you are not alone.

Working with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, they have created Learning at Home, your connection to thousands of hours of educational and entertaining videos, activities and games to support you.

WQED – Kindergarten Readiness Resources

WQED has been tapped by PBS to curate content for teachers and parents in those learning areas.


Need a Break from Learning?

Try some of these fun sites made for PLAY!