Helpful Links for Families

Below are a variety of books, magazines, and websites on a wide range of topics that appeal to children at all ages.


  • Ranger Rick magazine for children from ages 7 through 12, Ranger Rick Jr. for children from ages 4 through 7, and Ranger Rick Cub for children 0-4. The National Wildlife Foundation publishes these kid friendly magazines, as well as a website that offers games, videos, recipes, and activities for the whole family. Visit their website at (
  • J-14 Teen magazine for ages 11 through 19. J-14 follows the latest celebrity news for young people today. More information is available at (
  • Teen Vogue ( magazine and website offers stories about fashion, entertainment, news, and politics.
  • Highlights magazine ( - The one we all remember from our own childhood is still around! Offerings include Hello magazine for children from 0 to 2 years of age, Hi Five, for children ages 2 to 6, and Highlights for children ages 6 through 12. Highlights also offers Hi Five Bilingual, in Spanish and English.
  • Sports Illustrated Kids ( provides the latest sports news aimed at children ages 8 through 15.
  • Boy’s Life for boys of any age. Visit their website for more information at (
  • Girl’s World is a celebrity and lifestyle print magazine for girls ages 7 through 11 (
  • National Geographic magazine provides articles about science, geography, history, and world culture. The magazine is noted for its in-depth reporting and stunning photography (
  • National Geographic Little Kids (age 3-6) and National Geographic Kids (age 6 and up) magazine provides articles about science, geography, history, and world culture specific to interests of children. The magazines are noted for their engaging reporting and stunning photography (
  • Humpty Dumpty’s Magazine is for children ages 2-6. It promotes the healthy physical, educational, and creative growth of young children through interactive activities and stories. (


  • Time for Kids ( comes in different grade level editions, from K-1, 2, 3-4, and 5-6. The magazine offers news on topics that are interesting and encourage children to think about the world around them.
  • I Can Read ( offers books at all levels for emerging readers to enjoy with their families, and on their own
  • ( is an easy to use website where children can create, illustrate, publish, and print their own books.
  • ( is a free website that features videos of famous actors reading children’s books aloud.
  • Bookopolis ( is a website developed to ignite the love of reading for kids ages 7-12. Bookopolis provides a online environment for elementary and middle school children to connect with young readers about reading.
  • Discovery Kids in Spanish ( is an interactive website of educational games and videos entirely in Spanish.
  • DK Find Out! ( is a website for kids to find, explore, and learn about anything imaginable. DK Find Out! provides a visual search, videos, and animations and more.
  • Get Epic! ( is an e-book subscription which provides instant access to a digital library of books, learning videos and more.
  • KidLit Tv ( provides videos and podcasts promoting children’s literature. Includes KidLit Radio, crafts and activities, book trailers, and original KidLit TV Shows.
  • Sugarcane ( offers educational games on a wide array of topics including language, geography, math, biography, world history, U.S. history, literature, nature, art, sports, and more.
  • TweenTribune ( is an online resource provided by the Smithsonian Institution offering daily news articles, K-12. It is also available in Spanish (
  • Write the World ( is a website committed to the improvement of the writing of high school students via a global online community and guided interactive process. Young writers are encouraged to find their voices in writing, polish their editing, and publish on an international platform.
  • NOVELNY ( is provided by the New York State Library, NOVELNY is an online virtual library connecting New Yorkers to 21st century information via libraries and library systems statewide. NOVELNY is an electronic resource access project that enables libraries across New York State to give their communities online access to the full text of thousands of journals, newspapers and other references.
  • NYCReads365 – ( - a citywide reading initiative promoting independent reading with diverse lists of educator vetted titles on a range of topics and genres.
  • We Need Diverse Books ( – a non-profit organization that advocates for and promotes diverse literature.
  • Common Lit ( provides texts, questions, and a parent guide for how to support their students. I

Reading for Our Young Men

Free or Discounted Books

  • Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library ( is a book gifting program that mails free books to children from 0-5 years of age. Visit their website to register.
  • Hooked on Reading ( is a site where you can find discounted subscription prices to books from Disney: Wonderful World of Reading including their Baby Einstein series as well as the Dr. Seuss & His Friends collection.
  • National Center for Families Learning ( has a website for families that includes many online guides and booklists for families
  • Literacy Partners ( is an organization that works with families in New York City. They offer free classes for parents to develop their own literacy skills and for English learners, as well as donate books for children through their Books of their Own program.
  • ThriftBooks ( is a discounted online used book seller. They have a range of books popular for all age ranges.
  • New York Public Library. The New York Public Library (, the Queens Library ( , and the Brooklyn Public Library ( all offer books for all ages of children, as well as many celebrations and cultural events for the whole family. If needed, ask about the library’s policy for waiving late fees for children who returned books late or did not return books in the past.

Learning About Coronavirus

Kindergarten to Fourth Grade

Child Mind Institute Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus provides tips, videos and related reading links to help younger students understand the coronavirus.

Fifth Grade Have your student read the USA Today article Coronavirus is scary, but the flu is deadlier, more widespread and make notes on what they read, and write down what connections to questions or ideas they already had, new ideas, or new questions.

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