Parents and Teachers

  • Bringing Literacy to Life
    Bringing Literacy to Life is a free series of professional development workshops for early childhood educators to learn how to make their classroom activities literacy-rich, presented by PQAS-certified instructors. Participants will learn how reading, writing, singing, playing, and talking strengthen pre-literacy skills from birth to age five, and how to implement these skills in their classrooms. Each workshop will focus on one early literacy practice, and participants will receive PQAS credits. Visit to register for the workshop.
    For more information, call The Free Library of Philadelphia Office of Public Service Support at 215-686-5372.

  • Storytime
    Storytimes are library programs for young children and their caregivers that use books, songs, rhymes and fingerplays to create literacy experience.

  • Books and Reading
    Looking for the perfect book? From timeless classics to this year’s award winners, our children’s specialists have prepared lists of recommended books for you and your children.

  • Early Literacy
    Raise a reader! Prepare your children for success in school and a lifetime of reading by practicing the preliteracy skills at the library and at home.

  • Blog
    Read our Free Library Blog for the latest news, events, app and book reviews and more for kids!

Great Resources about Young Children

Local Resources

Early Learning and Literacy

  • Colorín Colorado
    En español y en inglés: Colorín Colorado es un servicio gratuito, basado en Internet, que ofrece información, actividades y asesoría a educadores y familias de estudiantes del idioma inglés como segundo idioma. This bilingual site is also available in English for parents and educators of English language learners.
  • Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment
    Learn new songs and interactive activities in both English and Spanish from this collection of videos, ebooks, games, and songs. You can also connect to other parents and educators on the discussion board.
  • Reading Rockets
    Reading Rockets offers information and resources on how young kids learn how to read and how caring adults can help.
  • ReadyRosie
    Fosters family literacy through hundreds of brief videos in English and Spanish that model everyday interactions in familiar environments with real parents.
  • Start With a Book
    Ideas for parents to help get children excited about reading.
  • StoryBlocks
    Videos of rhymes and songs for babies and toddlers, available in English, Spanish, Amharic, Arabic, and Vietnamese.
  • US Department of Education Reading Resources
    Resources and articles for parents in English and Spanish about children and reading.

Health and Child Development

  • Healthy Children
    Child development and health information from American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Zero to Three
    Click Parents to get lots of great information and handouts about general parenting topics and development stages.

Media Reviews

  • The Children’s Book Review
    Reviews of books for children sorted by age and topic.
  • Common Sense Media
    Common Sense Media provides in-depth reviews of movies, apps, videos games, and other media. Materials are rated for quality and age appropriateness. 
  • Great Websites for Kids
    Comprehensive list of the best websites for both kids and parents, chosen by librarians.
  • Kideos
    Pre-screened, age-appropriate online videos for kids.