Resources for Kids & Caregivers

Take some of the guesswork out of homework. 

Access free, live online tutoring services, tap into age-appropriate resources for learning and research, take practice tests for school exams, and more. Note: Although you access the research databases online, all content is from published books, magazines and other periodicals.


Library Tools for Kids

Kids InfoBits – Search for information aimed at kids from popular children’s magazines. Learn more about Kids InfoBits: Tutorial, and Overview

Homework HelpNow – Free tutoring services for kids, teens, and adults available from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Britannica Fundamentals – Designed for kids from pre-K-2, this early learning site teaches kids about geography, reading, and math through interactive games.

Britannica Online School Edition: Search Encyclopaedia Britannica content for elementary, middle, and high school grade students. Learn more about Britannica Online – School Edition: Tutorial

Countries of the World: Available on Ebooks Minnesota, this collection of books on countries of the world can be a great resource for student research reports and projects.

Explora Kids – Search elementary school-appropriate magazines, encyclopedias, and dictionaries. Learn more: Explora Kids Video Tutorial

NoveList K-8 Plus – Find books (both fiction and nonfiction) kids and teens will love to read by topic, genre, grade level, and Lexile score.

PebbleGo: Animals and Biographies: Designed for kids from pre-K-3, search this site for resources on animals and biographies. PebbleGo makes learning fun and teaches reading and research skills through the use of read along audio, video, and educational games.

PebbleGo Next: States and Native Americans: For kids in grades 3-6, search this site for resources on US states and Native American history. Learn more with multimedia resources like videos, state songs and regional recipes.


Library Tools for Teens

Britannica Original Sources: Research history’s greatest events using eyewitness accounts through this authoritative, fully citable digital resource. This collection consists of more than 420,000 primary source documents, complete books and authentic images.

Homework HelpNow – Free tutoring services for kids, teens, and adults available from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Middle School (Gale In Context) – For grade 6-8 students, use to search magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, and more.

LearningExpress Library – Take online practice tests, view tutorials, and find resources for school and career exams. Popular tests include: ACT, AP, GED, Nursing, Real Estate, TOEFL, and U.S. Citizenship.

Explora Teens – Search middle and high school-appropriate magazines, encyclopedia, dictionaries. Includes primary source documents, reference books, and multimedia. Learn more: Explora Teens Video Tutorial


For more, see our full list of research databases for online learning resources for all ages.

Looking to enrich your home learning experience?

Explore these sites for fun and educational activities.


Reading & Learning

BookFlix  – Watch and read along with video storybooks and nonfiction books for young readers. Includes streaming video, games, and resources for parents.

Notable Children’s Digital Media – This site from the American Library Association provides real-time, dynamic, and interactive media content for children 14 years of age and younger,

Reading Rockets – Collection of resources to keep kids learning at home while schools is closed.

Scholastic Learn at Home – A collection of free, daily projects and lessons to help kids reading, thinking, and growing. The site includes up to 20 days of instructions for students in grades PreK – 9+ organized by grade groups.

Start with a Book – Choose a topic to explore, find great books to read, then browse a curated selection of activities and educational apps to keep the learning going.


Math, Science & Nature

Animal Planet

Bedtime Math – Fun math lessons, activities, and games for children of all ages.

CoolMath4kids – Math games for ages 3-12.

Explora Kids

How Stuff Works – When your child wants to know why the sky is blue, how a tornado forms, or who invented the Chia Pet, head here.

National Wildlife Federation – Ranger Rick for Kids

Science Buddies – Find cool project ideas and plans, learn about science careers, ask an expert, and check out parents and/or teacher resources.

Science Museum Learn from Home – A community resource where science, equity, and education come together with opportunities for all ages.

Snake Discovery – Emily is one of our most popular visitors at the library! Check out all her critters on YouTube.

Washington County Parks Activities – Washington County Parks offers free materials that are available to download and print for your own use in our parks! Get outside for a scavenger hunt, create your own time capsule, learn about tracking animals, and more.


Play & Discovery

America’s Test Kitchen Kids – Free recipes, activities, and experiments for kids.

Lakeshore Learning – Free lessons, activities, worksheets, and craft ideas.

Mattel Playroom – Mattel Playroom is a resource for families to stay busy while home from school and work. The free platform offers play-from-home activities, games, content, and expert advice based on its well-known brands, including Barbie, Fisher-Price, Hot Wheels, American Girl, and Thomas & Friends.

Minnesota Children’s Museum – The Minnesota Children’s Museum Parent Resources page has fun activities and ideas to help you keep playing together at home.

TIME for Kids – News for children filtered by grade level

Wonderopolis – Every day at Wonderopolis a new “Wonder of the Day” question is posted. Each question is designed to get kids and families to read, think, talk, and find learning moments together in everyday life.

Cool Stuff for Kids

Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government
PBS Kids Design Squad

For Preschoolers

Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood
Sesame Street

For Parents and Caregivers

Child Development Institute
The Fred Rogers Center for Early Literacy and Children’s Media
Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families
Minnesota Department of Education


Missing storytime at the library or at school?

Check-out these online storytime options or tune into virtual reading and learning offerings with authors and illustrators. Search the hashtag #kidlitquarantine to find more.


Stillwater Storytimes & Programs


Other Storytimes

  • Brightly Storytime – A video collection of full-length picture books read aloud.
  • Storyline Online – Videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creative illustrations.
  • Story Time From Space – Videos of astronauts read children’s books from the International Space Station!
  • KidLit TV Read Out Loud – KitLitTV features a range of shows including storytimes, drawing lessons, interviews and more.

Authors, Illustrators and Celebrities

  • Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems – Archived from 2020.
  • Write. Right. Rite: Grab the Mic Series – National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Jason Reynolds, is launching a weekly videos series. The biweekly video series will inspire young people to tell their own stories.
  • Making Space with Christian Robinson – This video series invites everyone to join in making something together. Creativity has the power to heal and everyone has a creative spark. These videos help you explore yours!
  • Dav Pilkey at Home – Find fun and free activities from Dog Man author Dav Pilkey.
  • Draw Every Day with JJK – Archived webcasts with author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka.
  • Stimola Literary Studio – A collection of live stream events for kids, tweens, and teens by professional authors and illustrators.
  • Todd Parr on YouTube – Listen to Todd Parr read “The Worry Book” and his other books on his youtube channel.
  • Oliver Jeffers on Instagram – Archived readings of books.
  • Mac Barnett on Instagram – Readings of picture books on Instagram.
  • Kate Messner – Favorite authors and illustrators share resources for virtual reading and learning (Spring 2020).

Go on virtual tours of museums, historic sites, zoos and more!

Chesapeake Family – “Virtual Field Trips – Kids Can Explore the World from Home”

Travel and Leisure – “Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch”

Harry Potter at Home – Stories, crafts, articles, quizzes, puzzles, and more from the world of Harry Potter.

Virtual reality field trips – This collection was created by a local teacher at O.H. Anderson Elementary School in Mahtomedi.

Is it time to get up and moving?

Try some of these fun exercises and activities to move your body!

Cosmic Kids – Yoga, mindfulness, and relaxation videos for kids of all ages.

GoNoodle – Videos to get kids up and moving to fun, engaging content and games.

Kidz Bop Dance Videos – Have a dance party with the Kidz Bop playlist!

Just Dance – Short dance videos to watch at home.

Pancake Manor – Music for Kids – Preschool and action songs to get kids up and dancing!

YMCA 360 – Free on demand videos demonstrating yoga, youth soccer, youth sports performance, and more.