Parent Teacher Resources

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Reading with your child is so simple, and so important! Every book you read together helps build their vocabulary, develop their imagination, and get them ready for school and reading on their own.It's never too early or too late to start. Just sign up, pick out a book, and start reading! Log every time you read (or re-read) a book together, and you'll be amazed how quickly they add up. Don't forget to log books from library story times, too.Every time you finish 100 books, your child gets to pick out a sticker prize. And when you reach 1,000 books, there's a special prize for your child to take to kindergarten with them.

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. 


VA Homeschoolers provides homeschooling support and accurate information about homeschooling to Virginia’s families, school divisions, legislators and policymakers, the media, and the community at large.

Young Children

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

 Every Child Ready to Read incorporates simple practices, based on research, to help parents and other caregivers develop early literacy skills in children from birth to age five.

Hands on Crafts for Kids  "All kids are creative" and Hands On provides projects and ideas for kids 7-12 plus parents, teachers, grandparents and group leaders.

Gale in Context Elementary  meets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. It features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

Steve Spangler Science is the home to one of the most robust collections of science experiments and science project ideas online today.
Science Kids offers fun science and technology for kids.

Storyline Online is the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website that streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

Teens is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Create an account to save your progress and projects. Or just start coding - no account needed. All courses are available at no cost.

Code Academy  offers online coding tutorials with easy-to-follow instructions, immediate feedback, and a tested curriculum takes anyone from non-technical to “I can code.”

Explora Schools

Books, journals, and more.

HelpNow  Brainfuse Help Now is an educational website is designed for middle and high school students, educators, and parents. is dedicated to providing revolutionary ways for students, parents, teachers, and everyone to learn math.

Khan Academy offers free practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.

Read it!

Welcome! Read It!™ was created for anyone who has a good foundation in English grammar and reading skills. It is a place to find reading material about many subjects. Articles are short, and written to support your reading skills as you learn about topics in English that you need for school and everyday life. 


MyCollege Options offers free  practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid 

Volunteering and Activism

Do Something 
is an organization that helps mobilize young people in every US area code and in 131 countries! Youth are able to sign up to volunteer or participate in a social change or civic action campaign to make real-world impact on a cause they care about.

Youth Activism the Youth Activism Project provides support and resources to youth to help them become activists for issues they care about. 

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.

Learn a Language

Duolingo is a great way to learn a language. It's free, fun and science-based. Practice online on or via the app. 

Recommended Reads

Good Reads for Children offers Children's Book Lists.

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

NoveList K-8 Plus Can’t decide what to read next? Use Novelist to discover your next favorite author, series, or title!

Scholastic 100 Books offers reading resources, life and learning videos, school success guides, activities and printables, raising a reader guide, and learning toolkits.

Reading Lists by Grade offers lists of titles has been compiled by librarians at member schools of the Houston Area Independent School Library Network (HAISLN).  It includes both fiction and nonfiction books by some of the best authors for children and young adults. 

Elementary Reading List by Grade browse by grade level to find great books for your child recommended by a panel of children's book experts. 

New York Times Best Sellers List list of best sellers. (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.