Helpful Links for Parents

Helpful Links for Parents2023-12-01T15:59:49-05:00

I’ve collected these links here as resources for parents as they seek out the best ways to support their young learners.

Reading Rockets

It’s not an easy thing, learning to read and write. Discover what it takes to build important literacy skills, and how you can help your children grow as readers, writers, and thinkers!


Epic is a digital reading platform that provides online books from a variety of different publishers, plus Epic Originals- books created by the Epic team. Teachers can track student progress, monitor the time they’ve spent reading, and find something to interest readers at any level.

Shanahan on Reading

Timothy Shanahan is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chi­cago where he was Founding Di­rector of the UIC Center for Literacy. Previously, he was director of reading for the Chicago Public Schools. He is author/editor of more than 200 publications on literacy education. His research emphasizes the connections between reading and writing, literacy in the disciplines, and improvement of reading achievement.

Tumble Book Library

Tumblebooks offers animated and non-animated storybooks, read-along chapter books, graphic novels, and videos that cover core curriculum standards. It also offers instructions and many books in French and Spanish for ELL support.


PebbleGo provides nonfiction resources for students grade K-3. Students can study a variety of topics, including science, social studies, biographies, and even dinosaurs! The articles can be read aloud to help struggling readers with comprehension and extra fluency practice.

Raz Plus

A comprehensive blended learning platform that includes the curricular support teachers need and the personalized resources necessary to improve students’ reading skills. With more than 50,000 resources that include more than 3,000 leveled books and readers available in multiple formats, Raz-Plus makes it easier than ever before to strengthen the connection between what is being taught and what students are practicing.

Story Online

A collection of read-alouds done by members of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Students can listen to stories read by celebrities such as Oprah, Kristen Bell, Betty White, Kevin Costner, and Chris Pine (just to name a few!). The readings are paired with beautiful animations from the books and activity guides to help guide class discussions and provide follow-up.


Another site for younger students that provides phonics practice as a basis for helping students become better readers. Activities, songs, and games are designed to help reinforce letter sounds, phonemic awareness, and word recognition.

LucyMax English

LucyMax English helps children speak, read and understand English.  Barbara is the teacher who leads LucyMax lessons.  She has been teaching English as a second language for over 10 years.  Your child will have fun learning with Barbara.  Some features of LucyMax video lessons include word study, short stories and quizzes.


Animated storybooks from Vooks draw students in, while the library of lesson plans, discussion questions, and student activities will make any teacher’s heart happy. Right now, teachers can get a year free!


A site filled with audiobooks, including picture books and chapter books for older readers. Transcripts of the audio are provided, along with pictures of the books, so students can read along as they listen to stories from around the world.

Oxford Owl

With a library of activities and resources for every stage of the learning journey, curated by the team at Oxford University Press, we are here with inspiration to help your little ones learn, grow and flourish at home, in the classroom and beyond.

William Van Cleave

W.V.C.ED is committed to the professional development of educators across the country and around the globe. Teachers can be transformed by a deep knowledge of the English language. The team at W.V.C.ED provides effective and engaging training and materials to build teacher knowledge of content and best teaching practices to better reach their students.


At Duckster’s our goal is to provide a fun and educational website with lots of interesting content. We try to write articles that are informative, easy to read, and interesting. We hope to provide an informative place for people to learn, explore, and use the internet for research while having fun.

International Children’s Digital Library

This online library provides books from a wide variety of cultures and languages. You can search their catalog of books by shape, genre, format, and other options, and books are able to be downloaded as  PDFs.




A treasure trove of learning games that cover a variety of subjects across grade levels Pre-K through 6. A large library of games and online storybooks is available, though there is a small cost per month for premium access.




Designed for the youngest readers, StoryPlace provides activities, simple story videos, and advice for parents as they help lay a foundation for literacy skills in their children. The site also includes songs and activities to fit the different themes.



Khan Academy

Students can read books, do coloring pages and activities, and follow a personalized learning plan to further reading success. They practice basic literacy skills and math, while also building creativity.



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