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On the Web

  • Between the Lions
    Stories and Games for young children, resources for parents and teachers.
  • Reading Bear
    A web-based learning to read tool with more than 1,200 vocabulary items to teach pre-reading and phonics skills.
  • Scott Foresman Reading
    Online Grammar and Writing Handbook
  • Sesame Street Around the World
    Everyone around the world loves Sesame Street.
  • Spelling City
    Sight Words, Vocabulary, Printable Tests and Games.
  • Starfall's Get Ready to Read
    Starfall's ABC section teaches letter-sound relationships by providing a kid-friendly navigation system that explicitly focuses on each letter of the alphabet.
  • Story Blocks
    Songs and rhymes to help build readers. One of American Library Association's recommended sites.
  • Storyline Online
    Screen Actors Guild members read stories.

How to Grow a Reader

Library Online Resources

World Book Early World of Learning 


  • ABCMouse
    ABCmouse.com: 8,500+ learning activities, interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities for children, ages 2-8+
  • Beanstack
    Beanstack is a free service designed for families with young readers. Discover our favorite books, matched to your child's interests, and other tools for building literacy.
  • Biblioteca Tumblebooks
    Tumblebooks en Espanol!
  • Bookflix
    Bookflix matches classic storybook tales with non-fiction book titles.
  • RBdigital (formerly OneClickdigital)
    Downloadable audiobooks for all ages.
  • Overdrive
    E-books and e-audio books for all ages.
  • TumbleBooks Library
    The TumbleBook Library is a collection of TumbleBooks (animated, talking picture books) TumblePuzzles, and TumbleQuizzes, as well as TumbleResources for teachers.
    Username: alameda Pw: libra
  • World Book's Early World of Learning
    Fun learning for the younger children.

Alameda County Resources


  • Alameda Kids
    Alameda Kids seamlessly integrates early childhood information, answers to common questions, and access to resources in Alameda County. The site is available in English and Spanish and is mobile phone accessible.
  • First 5 Alameda County
    Research shows that a child's success in school is contingent upon five key areas of their early development and learning:

    Emotional Well-Being and Social Competence
    Approaches to Learning, Communicative Skills
    General Knowledge Skills
    Health/Physical Development

    To prepare children for their elementary school experience, the First 5 Alameda County (F5AC) School Readiness Initiative provides support addressing the five key areas.

  • Raising a Reader
    Raising A Reader San Francisco and Alameda Counties empowers families to build one of the simplest and yet most transformative of regular routines: daily book-sharing.


Librarian-recommended books & apps. Find themed books, log your reading and have fun.

  • Beanstack
    Beanstack is a free service designed for families with young readers. Discover our favorite books, matched to your child's interests, and other tools for building literacy.

Going Mobile

Pre-assembled story time kits for parents, caregivers, teachers or anyone who works with young children. Themed kits include picture books, puppets and DVDs. Please ask a library staff member for assistance in requesting a kit.


  • Story Times To Go Themed Kits
    Choose from: Backyard Pets, Patriotic, People Movers, Garden, Rain, Farm, Food, Friends, Pets, Wild Animals, Family, Health, School, Fairytales, Construction, Seasons, Music, Senses, Community Helpers, ABCs and 123s, Dinosaurs, Colors and Shapes.

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