Young Learners

In this section, find educational resources for information on everything from animals to sports.

Reading

Beanstack

Beanstack is an easy-to-use online platform where you can track your reading and activities. Download the free Beanstack Tracker app—available for iOS and Android—to your phone, tablet or computer for convenient registration and logging. Make an account for yourself, look for the East Alton Public Library, and register for a challenge! Log your reading and collect badges from Beanstack. When you hit the prize badges, Beanstack will let you know!

When participants reach the reading milestones during a challenge, they earn prizes!

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to age five, no matter their family’s income. Each month, the program mails a high quality, age appropriate book to all registered children, addressed to them, at no cost to the child’s family.

 

Animals

Caterpillars & Mystery Bugs

Bug stories, a bug's life, bug games, and... bug food?

The Dinosauria
Find the truth about dinosaur myths and hear about current dinosaur discoveries in America.

Kids' Planet

Discover the life of a spider, the world of wolves, and the endangered environment.

Microbe Zoo

They're everywhere! In the trash, in your yard, in your home, in your food, and even in your mouth. Yuck!

The National Zoo

Visit the Smithsonian National Zoological Park from the comfort of your home. Also find out what you can do to help save endangered species.


PBS Nature
Fun facts, video clips, pictures, and articles on nature's most   interesting creatures. 
 

Art & Music

Biology Activity Craft Page
What can you possibly make from leaves, pinecones, and seashells? Check it out and see.

Hands on Crafts
Roll up your sleeves and prepare to get dirty playing in the mud. Or stay clean and make your own shirts and baskets.
 

National Gallery of Art 
Explore beautiful (and bizarre) works of art through games, activities, and story times.

PBS Music
Listen to the latest hits by Barney, Arthur, the Teletubbies, and all your other favorite PBS friends.

Careers

CareerKids.com

Articles, downloads, videos, and information on unusual occupations.

 

What Do You Like?
Explore career information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Fun Stuff

Guinness Book of World Records
This site is a favorite. There are tons of amazing and mind boggling records. You can even make a record attempt of your own.

 

Kids Fun Page
Tons of arcade-style games as well as educational games like "Grammar Gorillas" and "What's the Word?" There are also links to other fun sites for kids.


TVO Kids.com
A fun colorful interactive site filled with cartoons, lots of games, and contests.
 

Staying Healthy

Dealing with Feelings
Feeling depressed? Thinking of running away? Get help with dealing with your feelings in this helpful site with tons of relevant topics for your life.

Kids’ Medical Dictionary
Have you ever had an Otitis Media or visited an Otolaryngologist? Find out what these and other strange medical words mean.  

Travel

Transportation Technologies
Learn about the exciting new technologies being used to improve air quality through electric cars, power cells, and other future fuels to replace oil and gas.

Traveling Around the World

Spend the night in a space hut on the world's largest island. And listen to the call of a lemur or the hiss of a giant cockroach on Madagascar.

Math Fun

A+ Math
Visit the Game Room, test your math knowledge with Flash Cards, and get help from the Homework Helper.

Create a Graph

Use this site to quickly and easily create an area, bar, line, or pie graph. Just simply type in the numbers and titles and you have it.


Explore Your Knowledge
Test your knowledge in math and science and see how you score compared to other students from around the world.
 

Money

 

Guide to the History of Money 
A concise history of money for kids!

H.I.P Pocket Change
This is a great site about learning the history of coins and more. There are great facts about interesting people, places, and events that are honored on our coins; you can now experience these people, places and events first hand.

Kids Making Money
Learn how you can make money so you can buy that video game, or those new pair of Nikes. 

Museums

The Exploratorium, San Francisco
Learn candy recipes, discover life on other planets, and explore the inner workings of the human eye.

OMSI- Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry - How did the dinosaurs die? Why did the Titanic sink? And what did the ancient Aztecs use for money?

The Smithsonian Institution
Make your own buffalo hide painting, experience the incredible Apollo 11 mission, learn about the World War II bombers and fighter planes, and discover how Lewis and Clark mapped the West.

Nature

National Park Ranger Zone
Become a junior ranger and talk to a forest ranger about what he does on the park. Find the Junior Ranger program closest to you.

National Wildlife Federation
Celebrate wildlife by exploring careers, doing fun crafts, making yummy treats, and viewing pictures of some of the coolest animals on the web.

Reading

Book Adventure
Search for books you want to read based on interests and your reading level. Other fun games and book quizzes make this site a must for all readers.

 

Braille Bug

Play games and learn to send secret messages to your friends.


Clifford the Big Red Dog
create your own fun interactive story with Clifford and friends. Many other games and activities abound on this site.

Crunch

An online magazine for kids stories, artwork, reviews, and articles. Read kids' opinions on school violence and uniforms.


National Geographic for Kids
search for mysterious monsters such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. Read about man-eating lions and fly into the middle of a hurricane.
 

Reference

Find Your School or Library
Search for your school and library. Learn the number of books your library has and the number of people who visit it.

Little Explorers Picture Dictionary
A fun, colorful picture dictionary of hundreds of words. Also offered in Spanish, French, German, and Japanese.

Merriam-Webster’s Word Central

A word-spelling robot that hosts the latest amazing word game and challenges.

Space

The Exploratorium
Create an apparatus for viewing sunspots, Search for extraterrestrial life, and see a live web cam of Mars.

NASA – Be a Spacecraft Engineer
Your mission: Help scientists plan a mission to a comet. Design your own spacecraft. And protect the international Space Station from space debris.

NASA Kids

Exactly how hot is the sun? Can astronauts sleep standing up? And is it possible to escape the Event Horizon of a black hole?

The Space Place

Be able to name trees from space, find out why the sky is blue and discover how to shrink a building three different ways. Lots of online space Games, activities, and fun facts.

Young Astronomers' Learning Center

What is a Brown Dwarf? What's the difference between a meteor and a falling star? What are solar winds? The Learning Center provides all the answers you need.

Sports

Negro Leagues

Learn the history of professional African American baseball leagues, the Hall of Fame, and Jackie Robinson's transition to the Major Leagues

Sports Illustrated for Kids
Draft your own baseball team with Fantasy sports or watch Andy Macdonald do some extreme skateboarding tricks.

Sport Science at the Exploratorium
Find out how to do an Ollie, learn the physics of surfing, and discover what those dimples on a golf ball are for.

Street Play
(Kids Games & Rules for activities such as jacks and jump rope