Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers - Early Literacy
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
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
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.