The library is like a candy store where everything is free.
--Jamie Ford, American writer
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Children who are not yet enrolled in Kindergarten may participate in this free, ongoing program which encourages parents to read 1,000 books with their child before he/she enters school. Visit 1000 Books Before Kindergarten website for reading lists, available apps, and fun activities. Tracking charts are available at the library.
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
In partnership with local affiliate Mission Marshall, the library offers registration forms (PDF) for this book gifting program which mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school, no matter the family’s income.
eBooks for Kids
Libby for kids features fiction and non-fiction books, award-winning picture and chapter books, classics, series, and more! A valid library card is required.
Genealogy for Kids: Building a Family Tree
This website is a clearinghouse of genealogical resources for kids or anyone interested in researching their family history.
Jungle Junior is an interactive typing game designed to teach kids keyboard basics using colorful videos and interactive lessons.
Miss Humblebee's Academy
Miss Humblebee’s Academy, a TexShare database digital resource, includes hundreds of interactive, guided lessons aligned with state and national preschool and elementary standards for the following subject areas: Language & Literacy, Math, Science & Social Studies, Art & Music, Social & Emotional Learning, and Fitness especially for ages 3-6.
**For log in information for Miss Humblebee's Academy, please contact the library.**
TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of e-books for children in grades K-6 featuring over 350 animated, talking picture books! The site also features books in Spanish and French, read-along chapter books, graphic novels, and non-fiction books, plus games and puzzles! Use TumbleSearch to find books by title, author, subject, and Lexile and Accelerated Reader Level. A free Tumblebook app is also available in the Google Play or Apple App store. Readers will just need their library card number to sign in!
2x2 Reading List from the Texas Library Association (TLA) is especially for children ages 2 through 2nd grade. The website also includes a coloring page and suggestions for extension activities.
Best Children's Books of the Year, as determined by Bank Street College of Education, recommends books for kids under 5 (PDF), kids age 5-9 (PDF), and kids 9-12 (PDF) based on a number of criteria. Visit the Tweens and Teens page to view lists for ages 12 and up.
Caldecott Medal, awarded by the American Library Association (ALA), is given to the artist who has created the most distinguished picture book of the year.
Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
Little Maverick is a recommended reading list from TLA of graphic novels designed for children in grades K-5.
Newbery Medal, awarded by ALA, is given annually to the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year.
Read Brightly includes book suggestions for babies through teens as well as includes reading tips and activities. An emailed newsletter featuring new and notable titles is also available.
Tejas Star provides a recommended reading list from TLA to encourage children ages 5-12 to explore multicultural books.
Texas Bluebonnet Award List from TLA is especially for children in 3rd through 6th grade.
(Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award is given annually by ALA to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English.