Websites for Parents and Caregivers

Check these websites for ideas and suggestions for celebrating Many Children, Many Cultures, Many Books, as well as resources for bilingual learning. On these sites parents and caregivers will find useful tips related to reading and literacy, as well as recommended books, activities, songs and music, and more.

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature

This award recognizes the best individual works about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage published each year in a variety of categories, including books for adults and young people. Winning titles, and honorable mentions, are listed.  The site also includes a link to the group's Talk Story project that reaches out to Asian Pacific American and American Indian/Alaska Native children and their families with resources for rich cultural activities.

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), the national center for Día

An interactive map lists locations for Día celebrations, activity sheets, book lists, and more developed specifically for families.

Birth to Six

Hennepin County Library's parenting resources include early literacy tips in many languages, videos with fingerplays and rhymes, and thematic books lists. The site includes a Spanish-language information and resources section.

Chillola: Where Children Love Language and Learn about each Other

Games and other activities encourage children to learn English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Pick a topic, click on words, and listen or print out activity sheets.

¡Colorín Colorado!

This bilingual site, produced by Reading Rockets and available in English and Spanish, includes tips for Spanish-speaking families of English language learners, Día activities, bilingual reading resources, interviews with bilingual authors, and more.

Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Since 1970, the American Library Association's Ethnic Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table has recognized outstanding books by African American writers and illustrators. The site provides a list of all winners and honor books; and offers links to resources, such as discussion guides, for some of the books.

Literacy Center, Play and Learn in English, French, German, and Spanish

The non-profit organization, Literacy Center Education Network, provides simple play and learn resources for preschool children to learn English, Spanish, German, and French. Some lessons are provided as on-line games while others can be printed out.

Mama Lisa's World, International Music & Culture

From Algeria to Zimbabwe, the site collects songs, rhymes, and traditions from around the globe. Often the files include sheet music or sound files, along with lyrics in multiple languages.

Native American Youth Services Literature Award

This literature award honors the best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians in three categories: picture book, middle school, and young adult. The sponsoring organization also offers links to additional book lists and resources for Native American families.

Pat Mora, founder of Día and renowned children’s author

Information about all of Pat Mora's books and resources for celebrating Día are provided by the founder of Día.

PBS Kids

Activities, games, and resources that support the many literature and literacy-based public television shows, including "Maya & Miguel" and "Between the Lions," are provided on the site.

The Pura Belpré Award

Sponsored by ALSC and REFORMA (the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking), this award is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature. The site lists current and past award-winning books.

Reading is Fundamental

Resources from RIF are designed to motivate children and families to read. Resources, interactive stories, games, music, and other engaging activities, are grouped by age-level and are provided in English and Spanish.

Story Place, The Public Library of Charlotte Mecklenburg County

The Children's Digital Library is provided in English and Spanish; and includes thematic online stories and activities, as well as downloadable activity sheets and reading lists.