A young boy and his mother read a book together. Both are smiling.

Fun reading resources for your family.

Being read to as a child and having books at home are the two most important indicators of future academic success. From visits to the library, picking up books from a resale shop and a number of free eBook sites you’ll be sure to have plenty of ways to support reading to your child. Visit the LaneKids Activity Calendar to see story times and other family friendly events.

Low Cost and Free Books

  • Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until their 5th birthday. Check here to find if the program is available in your community. (Disponible en español)
  • St. Vincent De Paul has a large range of low cost, gently used children’s books. See a list of their stores here.
  • Find a Little Free Library near you! While there is a limited selection, they typically change often, and it can be a little adventure every time you visit

Online Reading Resources

  • Tumble Books – animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. Requires library card or access through school website. (books available in Spanish and French)
  • Reading Blog – expert tips from the Kids in Transition to School (KITS) Program for parents and caregivers on how to support their young readers. (Disponible en español)
  • SMART – resources and tips for parents from Start Making a Reader Today (SMART). (Disponible en español)
  • Wilbooks – free online books for kids Pre-K to Third grade. (Disponible en español)
  • Wonderopolis – a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages. Each day, they pose an intriguing question and explore it in a variety of ways.
  • KidZone Free books to read and listen to, as well as games to play.
  • Reading Partners – resources for parents to stay educated and informed about early literacy.
  • Reading Rockets – offers research-based reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better. Reading resources assist parents, teachers, and other educators in helping struggling readers build ­fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.