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Statewide Homeschooling Organizations

Online Resources

  • Book Adventure
    Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child
    to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read offline, return to take a quiz on books read,
    and earn prizes for their reading success.

Local Support Groups

  • Home Grown Kids
    Homegrown Kids is an inclusive group of homeschooling families in the East Bay. We meet weekly for park days and organize field trips, classes, potlucks, and other events according to our interests and schedules.

  • Jon's Home School Resource
    More East Bay groups, some with websites.
  • Tri-Valley Explorers
    All-inclusive homeschooling support group covering the area from Livermore to Concord and beyond. Member-run activities for all ages.

Books & Magazines on Home Schooling

Cover Art
Free range learning : how homeschooling changes everything - Laura Grace Weldon
Call Number: 371.042 WELDON
ISBN: 9781935387091
Publication Date: 2010

Cover Art
Homeschooling : a family's journey - Gregory and Martine Millman
Call Number: 371.042 MILLMAN
ISBN: 9781585426614
Publication Date: 20008
Gregory and Martine Millman homeschooled their six children (and continue to), from infancy to top colleges.

Practical homeschooling
Call Number: J Periodicals
ISBN: 1075-4741
Publication Date: Bi-Monthly

'App' Time!


Quality apps and app reviews.

  • ABCya
    Free educational games.
  • Appy Mall
    The was designed to address the increasing App Store search and discovery problem for schools and parents. With AppyMall, consumers can shop in 5 anchor stores that will organize book, game, and educational apps by the following grades and categories: Preschool, Elementary School, Middle School, Speech & Language, Special Needs.
  • Common Sense Media
    App reviews and more.
  • Digital Storytime
    Digital Storytime is a leading review site managed by Carisa Kluver. Be sure to submit your app to Digital Storytime for a worthwhile review.
  • Digital Storytime
    Best Kid's iPad Book Apps.
  • Fun Educational Apps
    Are you looking for some of the best fun and educational apps for kids for iPad/iPad Mini / iPhone/ iPod Touch? Fun Educational Apps review apps for math, spelling, language arts, science, social studies, languages, early learning, storybooks, games …you get the idea!
  • iMums
    The iMums – Amanda, Alison, Mary and Grace – are four mothers from different parts of the world dedicated to educating parents about the best digital stories, educational apps, fun games and technology products available for their children
  • KneeBouncers
    Games and more for new readers.
  • KQED's Mind Shift
    50 fantastic play-and-learn apps.
  • Moms With Apps
    Family-friendly developers promoting quality apps for kids and families.
  • Power Up! Apps for Kids With Special Needs or Learning Differences
    This guide is packed with nearly 100 great apps that make learning fun and build skills in key areas like social interaction, motor development, communication, math, reading, and more!
  • Smart Apps for Kids
    Smartappsforkids.com is a premier source for kids’ apps on the web and the number 1-ranked kids’ apps site according to Alexa, both in the U.S. and internationally. It’s a great place to find terrific apps by age, category and special interest.
  • Tickle Tap Apps
    Age appropriate educational games kids can play anywhere.
  • Touch and Go
    A guide to the best apps and enhanced books for children and teens, powered by School Library Journal.

How to Homeschool in California

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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