Parent Teacher Resources

Recommended Reads

Good Reads for Children

Common Sense Media rates books and audiovisual material.  They also provide a list of recommended titles.

Scholastic 100 Books project

Teen Reads top picks

Reading Lists by Grade 

Elementary Reading List by Grade from GreatSchools 

New York Times Best Sellers List (updated weekly – scroll down for children and teens)

Free digital library archiving of books in multiple languages

Contains critical reviews for thousands of children’s books

Database of award-winning children’s literature

1,000 Books before Kindergarten

This reading incentive program is for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Making reading a daily habit will help kids be prepared for Kindergarten. Receive a prize every time you read 100 books together and a special prize when reaching 1,000. Find details in the brochure.

1,000 Books before Kindergarten Brochure

Youth Web Resources

Find it Virginia has newspaper, magazine, journal, and encyclopedia articles as well as pictures, videos, and podcasts. Materials are available for all ages and interests.

National Geographic Kids      Kids InfoBits   Kids Student Edition   Research In Context 

Young Children

Reading Rockets teaches kids to read and helps those who struggle.

Every Child Ready to Read

Hands on Crafts for Kids 

Steve Spangler Science

Science Kids

Storyline Online

VA Homeschoolers


Code Academy 

Homework Help

Khan Academy 


College Options 

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Volunteering and Activism

Do Something

Youth Activism 

Document Bank of Virginia

Document Bank of Virginia (DBVa) is the Library of Virginia’s initiative to get documents into classrooms. Using primary sources, teachers and librarians can make history relevant to students while helping them learn and understand state standards. DBVa will teach students to be critical thinkers as they analyze the original documents and draw their own conclusions about Virginia’s past.