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Resources for Children and Families

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) develops and offers many practical and fun resources for children and their parents and caregivers. Click on the links below to learn more about our resources and partnerships.

Also be sure to check out the other links under Resources on the left-hand menu bar to access recommended booklists from ALSC, lists of links to recommended online children's libraries and Web sites on children's literature and reading, and more.

If you are looking for great book suggestions for your child's reading pleasure, be sure to check out our award-winning books and children's notable book lists.


Building a Home Library Bibliographies
The ALA-Children’s Book Council (CBC) Joint Committee, with cooperation from the Association for Library Service to Children’s (ALSC) Quicklists Consulting Committee, has released a set of four bibliographies, "Building a Home Library," intended to provide guidance to parents, grandparents, and others interested in assembling a high-quality library for their children at home.

Especially for Families
Links to ALSC's award-winning and notable books and other media, family-friendly Web sites, and resources to support reading and lifelong learning. 

Especially for Young People and Parents
A site maintained by ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom.

Great Web Sites for Kids
This site offers links to many educational and fun Web sites especially for children and also includes links to helpful sites for parents, other caregivers, educators and librarians.

Kids, Know Your Rights!
A young person's guide to intellectual freedom written to students in grades five and up. Includes bibliography. A downloadable, full-color PDF brochure.

El día de los niños/El día de los libros
This celebration, held annually on April 30th, emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for every child regardless of linguistic and cultural background. This online version of ALSC's El Día brochure provides tips for parents on reading to children and using the local library as a valuable resource. The online brochure is also available in Spanish.

Every Child Ready to Read - downloadable brochures
Parent guides to early literacy -- addressing why parents are so important in helping their children get ready to read and six pre-reading skills that every child can start learning from birth.

Born to Read
This online brochure offers tips for parents on how to raise a reader by reading to baby from birth on. It includes tips on how and when to share books and a list of recommended books for infants and toddlers. The online brochure is also available in Spanish [PDF].

Between the Lions
ALSC continues its collaborative effort with the PBS children's television series "Between the Lions," which aims to help teach children how to read. A tipsheet for librarians also includes tips for parents on reading aloud to children, choosing good books, and raising a lifelong reader.

Internet Privacy and Safety Q&A
Questions and answers for parents on protecting the privacy and safety of their childen when using the Internet. (Prepared by the ALSC Intellectual Freedom Committee for an ALSC program at the 2001 ALA Annual Conference.)

Internet Privacy and Safety Bookmark for Kids and Parents
More information, including addresses of informative web sites, about Internet Safety and Privacy for children. (Prepared by the ALSC Intellectual Freedom Committee for an ALSC program at the 2001 ALA Annual Conference.)






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Especially for Young People and Parents
Resources for children and their families recommended by the Association for Library Service to Children.