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  • Daisy the Dinosaur App: A free app designed to help children ages 4-7 learn the basics of coding — an integral aspect of elementary school STEAM programming.
  • GoNoodle App: Trusted by teachers and used in four out of five U.S. public elementary schools, this free app makes screen time active with 300+ dance videos, yoga exercises and mindfulness activities for kids.
  • MiniMath App: Based on the popular Bedtime Math app for elementary school kids that’s proven to improve math skills, MiniMath is designed for families with kids ages 4-5. Choose Food, Animals and Vehicles or explore other math problems on all kinds of kid-friendly topics. With three different types of questions (“Look,” “Do,” and “Think”), you’ll get a fun new activity every day. Available in Spanish and English.
  • Digital Apps & Tools for Kindergarten Readiness from Oak Park Public Library



  • Early Math Counts blog: Gain valuable insights into the developing brain and learn about activities that you can easily incorporate into your early childhood curriculum or daily activities at home to foster the development of early math skills in young learners.
  • Early Science Matters blog: Learn how to help early learners become “scientific thinkers” by conducting their own investigations and making their own discoveries.
  • 5,4,3,2,1 Early Childhood Tips for Today: Self Regulation: Access coping strategies and links to self-regulation research and information from some of the most respected child development experts in the U.S. (includes a video about executive-function skills for life and learning, as well as suggestions for books to read aloud to young children struggling to control their “big” emotions).

ABC Books 

  • A is for Apple by Tiger Tales (author) and Georgie Birkett (illustrator): Young readers can trace each capital letter by following the tracks with a finger to learn the shape of the letter. A colorful lift-the-flap on every sturdy board page highlights a first word that begins with the featured letter.
  • Albert: The Alphabet Book by P.J. Wright: Albert, a grumpy green crocodile, discovers letters, words and wild animals in a magical rainforest.
  • Alphablock by Christopher Franceschelli (author) and Peski Studio (illustrator): With thick pages cut into the shape of each letter, this ABC book encourages readers to manipulate the alphabet in a whole new way.
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault (authors) and Lois Ehlert (illustrator): In this lively alphabet rhyme, the letters of the alphabet race each other up the coconut tree. 
  • Creature ABC by Andrew Zuckerman: A ferociously fun way for children to learn their ABCs, from alligator to zebra!
  • Dr. Seuss’s ABC by Dr. Seuss: Featuring a cast of zany characters, this classic book is perfect for children learning their ABCs.
  • G is for Goat by Patricia Polacco: Letter by letter, meet cart-pulling goats; clothes-munching goats; head-butting, hill-climbing, tail-wagging goats! These rascally animals just won’t stop until they’ve romped through the whole alphabet.
  • LMNO Peas by Keith Baker: Roll through the alphabet with a jaunty cast of busy little peas!
  • Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC by June Sobel (author) and Henry Cole (illustrator): The captain of this brave and bumbling pirate crew has ordered them to capture the entire alphabet—and they’ll walk the plank if they’re missing a single letter!
  • The Alphabet Book by P.D. Eastman: From American ants to zebras with zithers, kids will love exploring the alphabet in this classically creative P. D. Eastman alphabet book.
  • We Mix Up Our ABCs by Aaron Wills (author) and Daniel Wlodarski (illustrator): Follow these diverse, adorable kids through their day as they mix up the ABCs on the bus, at the park, in the dark, and in their dreams.

Books for Rising Kindergarteners

  • Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten by Toni Buzzeo (author) and Amy Wummer (illustrator): Annie Grace wears her “Adventure Annie” cape to her first day of kindergarten and proceeds to barrel through the day, searching for adventure in every moment.
  • Clifford Goes to Kindergarten by Norman Bridwell (author and illustrator): Emily Elizabeth is starting kindergarten and she’s a little nervous. So she brings Clifford along to make the transition a little easier. 
  • Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee (author) and Harry Bliss (illustrator): Told with gentle humor by Alison McGhee and brought to exuberant life by New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss, this lighthearted take on pre-kindergarten anxiety will bring a smile to the face of every child—and parent—experiencing first-day jitters.
  • Curious George’s First Day of School by H.A. Rey: It’s the first day of school and George has been invited to Mr. Apple’s class to be a special helper!
  • First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg (author) and Judy Love (illustrator): Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared and doesn’t want to start over at a new school. But she is quickly befriended by Mrs. Burton, who helps smooth her jittery transition.
  • Goodbye Preschool, Hello Kindergarten by Sonica Ellis (author) and Nejla Shojaie (illustrator): Max just graduated preschool and he’s having a hard time leaving his preschool teachers, friends, and all that he knows behind. Follow him as he says his goodbyes, centers himself and looks forward to starting something new—being a Kindergartner!
  • How to Be Kind in Kindergarten: A Book for Your Backpack by D.J. Steinberg (author) and Ruth Hammond (illustrator): Small enough to fit in a backpack, this collection of short poems spans the entire year of kindergarten, offering children tips on how to be their best selves—from sharing an umbrella with a friend and taking turns on the swings to inviting a classmate to join in a game.
  • I am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child (author, illustrator): Lola is not so sure about school. It’s up to her ever-patient big brother, Charlie, to persuade Lola that school is worthwhile—and that her invisible friend, Soren Lorensen, will be welcome, too.
  • I Love School! by Philemon Sturges (author) and Shari Halpern (illustrator): What’s your favorite part of the school day? Come along to a warm, friendly world of reading, writing, singing, painting and all-around fun that will make you want to yell, “I love school!”
  • Kindergarten, Here I Come! by D.J. Steinberg (author) and Mark Chambers (illustrator): Whether it’s the first-day-of-school jitters or the hundredth-day-of-school party, every aspect of the kindergarten experience is introduced with a light and funny poem and charming illustrations.
  • Kindergarten Rocks! by Katie Davis (author, illustrator):Dexter Dugan is starting kindergarten and his stuffed dog Rufus is terrified for him. This humorous story about facing your fears will reassure any rising kindergartener!
  • Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus (author) and Jose Aruego (illustrator): Leo isn’t reading or writing or drawing or even speaking, and his father is concerned. But Leo’s mother isn’t. She knows her son will do all those things and more when he’s ready. This sweetly reassuring tale about a tiger cub who eventually catches up to his more accomplished animal friends is sure to charm the late bloomer in your family!
  • Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate (author) and Ashley Wolff (illustrator): It’s the first day of kindergarten and Miss Bindergarten is hard at work getting the classroom ready for her twenty-six new students.
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss : From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and whimsical illustrations. The perfect book for anyone starting a new phase in their life!
  • The Berenstain Bears Go to School by Stan and Jan Berenstain (authors): A great read-aloud book to cure first-day jitters in or out of the classroom, with 50 stickers.
  • The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes (author) and Vanessa Brantley-Newton (illustrator): This empowering story about a confident little boy who takes pride in his first day of kindergarten will give new kindergarteners a reassuring confidence boost.
  • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn (author) and Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak (illustrators): School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester’s fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called “The Kissing Hand” to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary. 
  • The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing (author) and Julie Durrell (illustrator): Join the kids as they prepare for kindergarten, packing school supplies, posing for pictures and the hardest part of all—saying goodbye to Mom and Dad. But maybe it won’t be so hard once they discover just how much fun kindergarten really is! 
  • Will I Have a Friend? by Miriam Cohen (author) and Lillian Hoban (illustrator): When Pa was taking Jim to school for the first time, Jim said, “Will I have a friend at school?” “I think you will,” said Pa. But Jim is sure he’ll never find a friend—until nap time, when he discovers someone who feels the way he does.

Books About Social-Emotional Growth

  • A Feel Better Book for Little Worriers by Holly Brochmann and Leah Bowen (authors) and Shirley Ng-Benitez (illustrator): A rhyming picture book for children ages 3-6 who may be developing anxious feelings but are too young to comprehend the implications. Includes calming tools based on science-based strategies. Part of the Magination Press Social Emotional Learning Collection.
  • All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold (author) and Suzanne Kaufman (illustrator): A must for every classroom, this tale about diversity and inclusion tells the story of a school where students from all backgrounds learn from and celebrate each other’s traditions.
  • Always More Love by Erin Guendelsberger (author) and AndoTwin (illustrator): A sweet, interactive story about learning to express the love you feel toward others. 
  • Baxter and Danny Stand Up to Bullying by James M. Foley (author) and Shirley Ng-Benitez (illustrator): This charming tale about two forest animals who stand up to a bullying blue jay. Includes information for parents and caregivers about bullying and strategies for building self-esteem and resilience in children. Part of the Magination Press Social Emotional Learning Collection.
  • Clovis Keeps His Cool by Katelyn Aronson: Clovis used to struggle with his temper, but ever since he took over his late grandmother’s china shop, he’s been learning how to manage it. Children will fall in love with Clovis as he works through common daily difficulties.
  • Sometimes I’m Bombaloo by Rachel Vail (author) and Yumi Hero (illustrator): When Katie is this mad, she’s just not herself. Sometimes, she’s BOMBALOO. Being BOMBALOO is scary. But a little time to breathe and a lot of love calm BOMBALOO down and help Katie feel like Katie again.
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein: A story about the unconditional love that is shown throughout a boy’s lifetime. 
  • The Pigeon Will Ride the Roller Coaster! by Mo Willems:  As Pigeon prepares mentally for his first roller-coaster ride, he experiences a “roller coaster” of emotions. Children will be able to relate to Pigeon’s excitement and apprehension as he describes his thoughts and emotions about waiting in line and wondering about the unknown—two universal childhood experiences.
  • The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister: The most beautiful fish in the entire ocean realizes that he can’t win friends by being beautiful. So he makes friends by sharing his glitter scales with the other fish.
  • When Sophie Gets Angry—Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang: In this Caldecott-honor book, children will see what Sophie does when she gets angry and how she learns how to cope with her anger. A great story for children learning how to deal with “big” emotions.

Books About Learning and Growth

  • The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds: Art class is over, but Vashti is sitting glued to her chair in front of a blank piece of paper. Her teacher smiles and says: “Just make a mark and see where it takes you.” But Vashti can’t draw—she’s no artist. To prove her point, she jabs at a blank sheet of paper to make an unremarkable and angry mark. “There!” she says. That one little dot marks the beginning of Vashti’s journey of surprise and self-discovery in this book about the creative spirit in all of us. 
  • The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin: This “growing-up poem” celebrates the myriad possibilities awaiting children as they grow physically and personally.
  • What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada (author) and Mae Besom (illustrator): A book about one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child’s confidence grows, so does the idea in this inspiring tale about following one’s ideas and giving them  “space to grow.”

Books That Build Language Skills

  • Thesaurus Rex by Laya Steinberg (author) and Debbie Harter (illustrator): This playful dinosaur will slither, skid, slide and glide his way into children s hearts as he encourages children to explore synonyms in his charmingly cheeky way.
  • Take Away the A by Michael Escoffier (author) and Kris Di Giacomo (illustrator): In this romp through the alphabet, children can explore how a single letter change can affect whole words. 
  • The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter (author) and Giselle Potter (illustrator): Through Selig, a boy who loves to collect different words that tickle his fancy, children can learn to appreciate new words.
  • The King Who Rained by Fred Gwynne: Confused by the different meanings of words that sound alike, a little girl imagines such unusual sights as “a king who rained” and “the foot prince in the snow.” An entertaining introduction to the concept of homophones.
  • Lexie the Word Wrangler by Rebecca Van Slyke: This clever celebration of words and their meanings features a strong cowgirl who wrangles words alongside cattle.

Books That Build Motor Skills

  • From Head to Toe by Eric Carle: Throughout this interactive book, giraffes, monkeys, donkeys, seals and more invite young readers to copy their antics as they play. A frolicking, fun adventure that will have young children clapping their hands, stomping their feet and wiggling their toes!
  • Dancing Feet! by Lindsey Craig (author) and Marc Brown (illustrator): With dancing animals and a singsong beat, this whimsical sing-along book invites children to get up and dance, tiptoeing like a ladybug or stomping like an elephant.
  • You Are a Lion! and Other Fun Yoga Poses by Taeeun Yoo: With simple instructions and engaging illustrations, this award-winning artist introduces children to yoga by encouraging them to flutter like a butterfly, hiss like a snake, roar like a lion and more.
  • Clap Your Hands by Lorinda Bryan Cauley: Little ones will jump at the chance to join this menagerie of zany animals and children as they stomp, wiggle, roar and spin their way through the day, as the rhyming text reinforces important concepts.
  • Wiggle by Doreen Cronin (author) and Scott Menchin (illustrator): This rollicking tale will have children wiggling along with the story as a playful, rump-shaking pup leads them through some of the many ways to move around. 

Books That Build STEM and STEAM Skills

  • Floating and Sinking (My Science Library) by Amy S. Hansen: Part of the My Science Library series, this book introduces children to basic, hands-on physics as they learn about different materials and shapes that float or sink in the water.
  • How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten? by Jane Yolen (author) and  Mark Teague (Illustrator): An engaging book that will get children in the habit of counting.
  • Let’s Read and Find Out: My Five Senses by Aliki: In this colorful and engaging introduction to the five senses—sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch—children learn how to use their five senses to explore the world around them.
  • Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh: This whimsical tale of three white mice who discover three jars of paint introduces children to the world of color and the joy of creativity.
  • Sound: Loud, Soft, High and Low (Amazing Science) by Natalie Myra Rosinsky (author) and Matthew John (illustrator): This Amazing Science book will delight young science fans as they engage in hands-on experiments to learn how sound is created by vibrations that vary in pitch and volume.
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle: This charming tale about the life cycle of a butterfly is rich with learning opportunities, particularly in the STEAM disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.  After sharing this book with your child or class, try out these Very Hungry Caterpillar STEAM activities at

General School Readiness Infographics

  • The Ready Family: In the broadest sense, school readiness is about children, families, early environments, schools and communities. This infographic offers an overview of school readiness and links to resources for families and educators. Developed by a collaborative group of 10 Regional Educational Laboratories throughout the U.S.
  • The School-Ready Child: How do children become ready for school? Learn how school readiness begins at birth in this infographic from Available in Spanish and English.

Language and Literacy Infographics

Motor Skills Infographics

  • Gross Motor Milestones: An overview of gross-motor skills at different stages of development and a guide to promoting gross-motor skill development at home

Social-Emotional Development Infographics

STEM and STEAM Infographics


  • Days with Grey: This Instagram account by a veteran teacher with a master’s degree in reading instruction is packed with tips about everything from teaching preschoolers how to read to little-known ways that young toddlers learn using items that you already own. You’ll also find a link to, which offers a wealth of learning resources—including activity cards and games—that inspire creativity and independent play.

General Videos

Language and Literacy Development Videos

Motor Skills and Physical Development Videos

  • 5 Minute Move | Kids Workout 1 | The Body Coach TV: A fitness trainer gets kids up and moving activities that range from marching on the spot to star jumps to squats.
  • Kids workout 1 Beginners: Maurice takes you through a beginning workout for kids of all ages, even teens and adults. 
  • Shake Your Sillies Out: More and more schools are realizing the value of brain breaks in the classroom. “Shake Your Sillies Out” is a great brain break action and dance song for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarten and elementary age children. 
  • Yoga for Kids! A fun, family-friendly introduction to yoga, with a warm up, breathing exercises, poses and a power down.

Social-Emotional Development Videos

  • Every Body Curious | GENDER EXPRESSION | Shaftesbury Kids: The expression of gender and personality is an important part of how we show identity, connect with who we are and connect with other people. To show that fashion has no rules and is all about expressing what feels good to you, the Shaftesbury Kids throw a fashion show and learn that all types of clothing can be worn by any/all genders and diverse looks make the world a more interesting place. 
  • Gender Explained: The word gender is in the news a lot lately. We are discovering that our gender is not only determined by the body parts we have, but also by how we feel. CBC Kids News breaks it down for a young audience with animated friends Sid and Ruby.
  • How To Raise Emotionally Intelligent Children: Lael Stone, cohost of The Aware Parenting Podcast, empowers parents to raise more emotionally aware children through connection, communication, compassion and empathy in this TEDxDocklands Talk.
  • How to Talk to Kids About Race: “The worst conversation adults can have with kids about race is no conversation at all,” says author Jemar Tisby. “Talking to kids about race needs to happen early, often, and honestly.” In this episode of Home School, The Atlantic’s animated series about parenting, Tisby offers advice on how to have a conversation with children about race, from experiential learning to watching classic animated films.
  • How to Teach Your Kid to Share: In this episode of Home School, The Atlantic’s animated series about parenting, Dr. Laura Markham (author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Child) reveals the surprising child rearing method that promotes not only generosity, but resiliency.
  • Teaching Preschool Children Conflict Resolution Skills: Dr. Carlota Schechter explains how conflicts can be turned into learning opportunities so that children develop the skills they need to solve conflicts independently.

STEAM and STEAM Videos

  • Adding and Subtracting! | Mini Math Movies | Scratch Garden: This addition and subtraction lesson teaches math operations and simple equations in a fun and entertaining way with donuts and sloths.
  • Subtraction/ Words with Puffballs: What does it mean to subtract? If you have 5 pieces of pizza and you take away 2 pieces of pizza, then you’ve subtracted! Watch the puffballs show the many different ways you can take away—or subtract!
  • Let’s Talk About Math: An early math video series highlighting the foundation of early math skills in the first five years of life. Each video outlines the numeracy skills children are mastering from birth to 5 years old and suggests fun activities that parents and professionals can use to support this learning. Available in Spanish and English.
  • The Science of Spring!|SciShow Kids Compilation: This channel has many videos that explain scientific concepts to children in an exciting way.
  • What is Science?  This animated video gives a good introduction to the scientific method. 

Teaching and Learning Videos

Social-Emotional Development Web Resources

STEM and STEAM Web Resources

  • Developing Math Skills in Early Childhood: An issue brief from Mathematica Policy Research about early math and the Reach Out and Read program, which provides an integrated approach to early math that systematically helps parents support children’s understanding of basic literacy and math concepts in an enjoyable and developmentally-appropriate way.
  • Early Math Resources for educators and families with young children from the Development and Research in Early Math Education (DREME) Network
  • Early Math Counts: A website designed to help you foster the development of early math skills in children 0-5, with free lesson plans, videos, resources and hands-on activities—as well as a free Early Math Counts professional development series for early childhood educators.
  • Early Science Matters: A website designed to help you foster the development of early science skills in children 0-5 with free lesson plans, videos, resources and hands-on activities—as well as a free Early Science Matters professional development series for early childhood educators.
  • Five Ways to Build Math into Your Child’s Day: Studies show that a child’s math skills at kindergarten entry are a better predictor of future academic success than reading skills, social skills or the ability to focus. As parents, we can give our kids a head start by helping them get comfortable with math concepts like measuring and counting at home.
  • Family Math Activities: This website from DREME (Development and Research in Early Mathematics Education) is chock full of easy and fun activities from families that promote math learning.
  • Got Math? 20 Tips for Making Your Trip to the Grocery Store Count: Make your shopping time count with early math activities such as describing and comparing, counting, finding shapes and patterns and using position words.
  • How to Set Up Math Stations in 4 Easy Steps: Easy-to-implement ideas for creating a stations model in your math classroom.
  • Math Skills at Different Ages: An overview of math skills that children typically develop at each developmental stage from
  • 10 Things to Know About Math: A primer for families from NAEYC.

Teaching and Learning Web Resources

  • Days with Grey: This website by a veteran teacher with a master’s degree in reading instruction is packed with tips about everything from teaching preschoolers how to read to little-known ways that young toddlers learn using items that you already own. offers a wealth of learning resources—including activity cards and games—that inspire creativity and independent play.
  • A wealth of educational resources searchable by grade, subject, topic and standard. With printable worksheets, lesson plans, guided lessons, hands-on activities, interactive stories, printable workbooks, science projects, song videos and online educational games, this website is a gold mine for educators and parents alike.
  • Funbrain Jr.: A fun, interactive website with online games, printables and stories that can be tailored to your child’s developmental level. 
  • PBS for Parents: Help your child learn and grow with age-by-age tips and activities for developmental domains such as emotions and self-awareness, social skills, character development, literacy, math, science and art.
  • Too Small to Fail: Early learning resources for parents,  caregivers, childcare providers and community leaders from the Clinton Foundation
  • Turn everyday moments into brain-building opportunities with tips from Vroom 



  • Ready! for Kindergarten parent and caregiver workshop: The READY! for Kindergarten program is designed to help participants prepare children with the early learning skills needed to start and stay at grade level or above throughout their scholastic career. Search by zip code on this website to find a READY! for Kindergarten workshop near you.