Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers - Early Literacy

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Books and Reading


Reading is Fundamental: Stories, nursery rhymes, games, lullabies and finger plays.  Divided into nice sections for  Babies & Toddlers, Preschoolers (interactive games for them to play), and Parents  (information about authors, Books, and activities, including music and coloring sheets)


Starfall: Great resource for kids to use themselves! Whether they are just learning to read, or   already reading…it is best for ages Pre-K to Grade 2.


Get Ready to Read: This is a great parent resource that has games for kids to play.  It is not a standalone site for kids to use by themselves, however.


We Give Books: This site has books to read online.  They are not animated and read aloud to a listener, however; someone must read them to a child, unless the child can read on their own.


Lil’ Fingers: Lil' Fingers is a storybook site for toddlers with educational games, storybooks that are read aloud, and printable coloring pages. Toddler stories, activities & holiday sections are designed with bright colors & big buttons for little fingers.


Between the Lions: Features animated stories, games and Video Clips focusing on early literacy.


Songs & fingerplays


KIdiddles: Listen to kid’s songs and get free song lyrics.


King County Library System-Rhymes and Songs: Videos of songs, rhymes, and finger plays.


The Blog Network: This is a great index for baby and toddler rhymes, organized by category and searchable.


Songs for Teaching: Good resource for fingerplays, songs, and action rhymes with instructions on how to  do them.


Games & Activities


Disney Jr:


Print Activites: Print various activity sheets such as Alphabet tracing, mazes, dot-to-dot, coloring sheets  and more!


Gamequarium: Portal to online games, books and more for preschoolers and up.


Boowa and Kwala: Links to many many games for kids, toddlers to age ten.


Ziggity Zoom: Lists games appropriate for younger children.


Lego:  This site has lego games and printables geared for preschoolers.


The following websites are based on Book and Television Characters


Nick Junior


Sesame Street


Disney Junior


PBS Kids




Dltk Kids: Great website for crafts.


First School Preschool Activities and Crafts: Crafts, activities and lessons for kids ages 2-6.


Disney Family Fun Crafts:  Search for crafts by age, type, or materials used.  Also has other useful links for  playtime, recipes, and parties.


The Best Kids Booksite: The site not only has a lot of craft ideas, but booklists for many, many topics, as well as   many other useful links for holidays, ABCs, and Story Times, to name a few.


Busy Bee Crafts: All crafts on this site! Great index to craft ideas for toddlers and up.


Websites for kids and their parents


ALA list of great websites for kids: Great reference resources for kids; includes math, social sciences, animals, arts, history,  and languages, to name a few.  These are links with snapshots of the websites for kids to  use for either research or just for fun.


Internet Public Library: This link takes you directly to reading resources that include various author pages, animated and full text stories, Bilingual sites, book lists, poetry, folktales, and, nursery  rhymes.