Learning Aids for Pre-K to 2nd Grade

Find resources on core school subjects in our extensive online databases, which feature e-books, videos, lesson plans, and more. 


E-Books and Core Subject Resources


This resource pairs fictional video story books with nonfiction e-books. It plays the narration while highlighting the words of the story across the screen. Topics include: Animals and Nature, People and Places, ABCs and 123s, Music and Rhyme, and more. (Grades Pre-K–3)

TumbleBooks Library
Includes animated talking picture books, story books, and books in other languages, puzzles, and games. (Grades Pre-K–6)

Scholastic Teachables
Sign in with your library card to explore this database for mini-books and printable activity sheets. Topics include: Language Arts, Math, Science, Foreign Language, Writing, and more. (Grades Pre-K–6)


Research Assignments and Projects

Explora Elementary
This is an easy to use database for students to search by keyword or by topic to find articles from encyclopedias, magazines, news sources, and biographies. Includes features to listen along to the text and search by lexile level. (Grades K–5)

Kids InfoBits
Child-friendly database which searches across reference books, news and magazine articles, biographies, and pictures. Includes features to listen along to text and lexile level of text. (Grades K–5)

Britannica Academic
Offers Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, world atlas and country comparison, news and magazine articles, primary sources, images and video. Select School Edition for all grades (Pre-K–12) and all reading abilities. Select articles by reading level and listen along to the text. You can use Escolar Online for accurate and age-appropriate content in Spanish for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and students learning Spanish.

World Book Online Reference Center
Select Kids link (with balloon icon) to explore different topics, with pictures, articles, games, science projects, maps, and more. Includes features to listen along to the text. (Grades K–6)


See Also: NYPL Early Literacy Website and NYPL Sings

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