Resources for Kids

In these categories, you’ll find both library resources (which you can access from home with your library card) and useful links to resources on the open web.

School District

CV Homepage – Website for the Chartiers Valley School District.

Lexia – If you’re a CV student, log in with your teacher’s email address to access this reading program.

Reading Books

BookFlix – This online literacy resource pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction from Children’s Press and other Scholastic imprints. This engaging resource for children in grades pre-K through 3 will help early readers develop and practice essential reading skills and introduce them to a world of knowledge and exploration. Children can “watch” a book being read to them or read it themselves. You’ll need your library card number with you to log on from home.

TumbleBooks – TumbleBooks add animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books, producing an electronic picture book which you can read or have read to you.  You’ll also find chapter books, math stories, puzzles and games, and videos. All content is available for PCs and Macs. Some content is also  available for use on iPhones/iPads.  To access, select “mobile” from the “Choose” menu in the top right corner.

My StoryMaker – It’s a game! No, it’s a book! It’s…My StoryMaker! You’re the author with this online tool that lets you choose your characters, scenery, and extra items and then bring them to life with actions and emotions!

Finding Books

NoveList K-8 – Ever read a book or a series that you love so much you wish you could find others just like it? NoveList to the rescue! Search for a title, author, or other keyword and then click on the link for author read-alikes, title read-alikes, or series read-alikes. You’ll need your library card number to log on from home.

Little Kids Book Lists – The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh links to these book lists for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Big Kids Book Lists – The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh links to these book lists for grades K-8.

Accelerated Reader Book Find – Find books by reading level.

Online Fun and Learning Portals for Kids

Great Websites for Kids – Sponsored by the Association of Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, this comprehensive portal will introduce you to an amazing range of free, fun, educational websites for kids. Browse by category (animals, the arts, history, literature & languages, mathematics & computers, reference, sciences, and social studies), most popular, and top rated sites, or search for specific keywords.

Internet Public Library for Kids – The ipl2 has collected free resources for kids from all over the internet – check out sections like health & nutrition, reading zone, math & science, art & music, and sports & recreation. Or go to the reference section for homework help and links to reliable dictionaries and encyclopedias. Or check out the links to online games in the computers & internet section. If you get stuck or have any kind of reference/research question, ask an ipl2 librarian!

Kids.gov – This government-sponsored online learning and enertainment portal has a variety of learning materials and activities on subjects like exercise & nutrition, jobs, math, and government. Watch a video about what causes thunder and lightning or learn about what it’s like to be an FBI Agent.

CyberSmarts – Interactive collection for grades 3 – 6. Offers users a safe, simulated Internet experience with hands-on instruction on how to deal with important online safety issues.

Reading and Literacy Resources

Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment

Ele is an innovative online community where adults can find and share high quality digital resources that support early literacy and other learning and development for children from birth to age five.

Reading is Fundamental – This nonprofit literacy foundation provides an array of games, stories, and activities on their website, as well as resources for grownups.

Lexia – If you’re a CV student, log in with your teacher’s email address to access this reading program.

Fun and Games

Fun & Games for Little Kids – The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh maintains this list of links to fun and educational games for kids, many of which involve favorite book and television characters like Angelina Ballerina, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Curious George.

PBS Kids – You can find videos, games, and other activities inspired by your favorite PBS shows on this website. You can even check out the cartoon studio to make your own cartoons!

CLP’s Big Kids – The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh links to library resources and websites especially for kids in elementary and middle school. Check out their Fun & Games section for links to websites where you can learn about and play around with technology – you can even learn some basic computer coding!