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Online Resources for Kids Grades K-6

Looking for educational resources for elementary-aged youth? The following learning tools are offered free-of-charge.

  • OverDrive eBooks for Kids*
    Many eBooks are available for free download, including those for beginning readers, audiobooks and read-alongs! Those who have a library card can start downloading eBooks by entering their card number. Adults who don’t have a card can sign up for an Instant Digital Card on the sign-in screen.
  • Britannica School Elementary*
    Encyclopedia content for elementary grades plus multimedia, timelines, world atlas, country comparison, animal kingdom, and geography explorer
  • Kids InfoBits*
    Popular elementary school magazines as well as encyclopedias and newspapers written for kids, plus an image collection of photos, maps, and flags.
  • Explora Kids*
    Contains elementary school-appropriate magazines, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and images. Includes Primary Search and Middle Search Plus databases.
  • Ebooks Minnesota K-5 Collection*
    In this exciting compilation of titles for young readers, children will learn and explore fun, vibrant books on a wide range of topics.
  • Scholastic Learn at Home
    Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!
  • TumbleBook Library
    TumbleBook Library is offering free access to its K-6 eBook database, which helps children build reading, math and literacy skills, now through August 31, 2020. TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use and feature unlimited access from home. Your children can read as many books as they want, when they want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly.
  • Audible for Kids
    For as long as schools are closed, kids everywhere can instantly stream a collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
  • BrainPop Jr. (K-3)
    A learning resource supporting core and supplemental subjects, which gently encourages young learners to ask questions and form their own ideas, covering the topics of STEM, Social Studies, Reading/Writing, Health and Arts. (Sign up for free 30 day access here.)
  • ReadBrightly Storytimes
    Follow along as educators read popular books on video and download reading guides for popular books.
  • Abdo Digital Bookshelf (Grades PreK-6)
    Free-of-charge access is now available to educational eBooks through June 2020.
  • Abdo Zoom (Grades PreK-2)
    Check out this online research tool for beginning readers, offered free-of-charge through June 2020.
  • Big Timber Distance Learning Bundle: Grades PreK-2, Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8
    Free access is available through June 30, 2020. users can search for education eBooks by subject.
  • Lerner eBook Collection (PreK-Grade 5)
    Lerner is offering free access to its collection of fiction and non-fiction eBooks now through June 30, 2020.

*Denotes tools that require entering your library card number for access.

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