1000 Books Before Kindergarten

For ages 5 years and under with a caregiver and available at your local branch.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a self-paced program that encourages you to read 1000 books with your child before he or she starts school. Sound overwhelming? It’s easier than you think!

1 a day = 365 a year

3 a day = 1095 a year

Playaway Launchpad

  • No librarian or teacher research required
  • Thousands of best-selling apps grouped by age and grade level
  • Subject area packs range from English language arts to math and science
  • Themed learning packs include princesses, animals, dinosaurs, and more
  • 10+ apps pre-loaded onto each device

More Information for Parents & Guardians

Suggested Reads

Picture Books (E)

Juvienile Fiction and Nonfiction (J)

Juvienile Graphic Novels (J 741)

Tween Picks (J)

Websites for Early Learners

Selected and maintained by MCL Youth Services Librarians


ABCMouse Early Learning Academy


Ben's Guide to US Government
"Ben's Guide serves as the educational component of GPO Access, GPO's service to provide the official online version of legislative and regulatory information. This site provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers. These resources will teach how our government works, the use of the primary source materials of GPO Access, and how one can use GPO Access to carry out their civic responsibilities. And, just as GPO Access provides locator services to U.S. Government sites, Ben's Guide provides a similar service to U.S. Government Web sites developed for kids."

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Homework Help

"Online almanac, dictionary, encylopedia, and homework help."

Reading and Book-Related Websites

"The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children."

International Children's Digital Library
"The mission of the International Children's Digital Library Foundation (ICDL Foundation) is to support the world's children in becoming effective members of the global community - who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas -- by making the best in children's literature available online free of charge."

"The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."

Pigeon Presents
Starring Mo Willems' pigeon.

Printz Award
"The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. In addition, the Printz Committee names up to four honor books, which also represent the best writing in young adult literature."

Project Gutenberg
"Project Gutenberg offers over 40,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online."

"The number one spot on the web for getting kids into great books."

Storyline Online
"An online streaming video program featuring SAG members reading Children's books aloud."

"We started YourNextRead to make discovering, buying and enjoying a book as simple as finding your next film or band."

Science Fair Projects

The Science Explorer
"The Exploratorium is a twenty-first-century learning laboratory, an eye-opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and tinker."

Science Buddies
"Science Buddies mission is to help students from all walks of life [...] build their literacy in science and technology so they can become productive and engaged citizens in the 21st century."

Science Fair Central
"Offers ideas for Science Fair Projects and experiments for kids."

Free Homework Databases


Improve your academic skills. Prepare for high-stakes tests. Become career-ready. LearningExpress Library offers targeted learning centers — each with a collection of practice tests, tutorials, e-books, articles and flashcards — to help you achieve your goals.

Designed for middle school libraries, Middle Search Plus is a full-text database providing popular middle school magazines and reference books. Covering subjects such as history, current events, science and sports, it also includes thousands of biographies and primary source documents, plus over a million photos, maps and flags.

Designed for elementary school libraries, Primary Search is a full-text database providing popular children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection. Students can learn about a variety of topics, including endangered species, famous musicians, fitness and space exploration.

Skill-building resources for classroom and homework success.

The World Almanac® for Kids Online expands on the contents of The World Almanac® for Kids print edition, along with other award-winning reference books from World Almanac®, Chelsea House, and Facts On File. A natural complement to the curriculum, the online site provides resources for homework, reports, and projects. Kids can explore grade-appropriate topics in a fun format while developing online research skills with a trusted source