For Parents

Tips on reading to children, vocabulary building and book reviews
Children's Book Reviews
Book reviews by elementary school teachers Kate Glinsmann and Jennifer Sykes, with guest blog posts by our very own Miss Jo!
Help Children Build Strong Language Skills
Tips to work with your child to build a strong vocabulary and other language skills.
Ways to Read to Children
Things to do before, during and after reading a book to your child.
Meaningful Writing Experiences
Reading and writing go hand in hand. Help your child with writing by providing opportunities to practice writing skills.
Parent's Shelf
A special collection just for parents and caregivers.
Iowa's Early Childhood Parent Web Site
This Web site was created to provide FREE objective, medically accurate early care, health, and education information for families in Iowa. Topics include child care, health and safety, child development, learning to read and write, parenting, pregnancy, and many others.
AR Book Finder
Search for the Accelerated Reader level of a book.
Lexile Book Finder
Find a book by a lexile range, or search for a book's level.
This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.