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Kids & Teens Homework and Reference

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Dearborn Public Library Resources

Biography in Context
This database combines award-winning biographies from respected Gale Group sources. Biography in Context also includes full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals.

Beginning readers. An interactive experience that allows beginning readers to explore fiction and non-fiction designed to increase understanding and fluency.

Britannica Image Quest
Access approximately three million rights-cleared images from over 50 of the best collections in the world

Britannica School
Suite of Britannica School resources at four levels – Learning Zone, Elementary, Middle, and High. Each contains resources at the appropriate learning and skill level including primary sources in subjects such as people, countries, science, animals, current events, and biographies.

Countries of the World
Covering nearly 200 countries, this yearbook is filled with background notes reports from the U.S. Department of State. Entries typically cover geography, history, government and political conditions, economy, and state of relations with the United States.

Mango Languages
Mango is an online language learning system that teaches real conversation skills for practical communication. Through fun and engaging interactive lessons, Mango makes learning a new language fast, easy and incredibly effective. The system is completely web-based and remotely accessible, so you can learn anywhere you have an internet connection. As you listen to and repeat after native speakers, you’ll learn more than just words and phrases. You’ll learn how those pieces can be rearranged and combined to make new thoughts, new conversations, and even more practical communication! In no time at all, you’ll be able to navigate all sorts of everyday situations — get directions, order a meal, make new friends — the possibilities are endless!

National Geographic Kids
Full issues of National Geographic Kids magazine, from 2009 to the present, more than 500 pictures that you can freely download for educational use, and 200 National Geographic Kids books.

Novelist K-8 Plus
NoveList is a readers advisory tool for readers of all ages. This resource will help you find fiction books to read similar to the book you just read, or you can search by title, author, series, or even plots. Browse book lists, or even create and save lists of your own favorites.

Something About the Author 
Something About the Author Online provides comprehensive online access for examining the lives and works of authors and illustrators for children and young adults. Something About the Author Online includes both the main series and Something About the Author Autobiography Series.

Tumblebook Cloud Jr.
TumbleBookCloud Jr. is a collection of read along fiction and non-fiction books for kids who have outgrown the picture book collection in TumbleBooks (link this).  The chapter books, graphic novels, audiobooks and educational videos have been chosen specifically for kids in grades 3-6.

Tumblebook Library
Tumblebook Library is an online collection of animated, talking picture books for kids.


Michigan eLibrary Resources

Britannica School Elementary
Grades 3-4. Find information on countries, animals, and people. Watch and learn with videos, games, and activities.

Early World of Learning
Grades PreK-3. Follow Trek and Taffy the cat around the world. Share their love of colors, numbers, and other fun things. Come inside for stories and pictures.

World Book Kids
Grades Pre K – 5. Easy-to-read content for elementary school learners. Hundreds of activities, science projects and experiments.

Britannica Learning Zone
Pre K – 2nd grade. Play and read to learn letters, numbers, shapes, and more.

Britannica School Middle
Grades 5-7. Find maps, photos, articles, and famous people and places. Compare countries and tour the U.S.A. For homework help and your curiosity.

eBook K-8 Collection
Titles that support K-8 students across all subject areas. Also features a selection of teacher resources to support educators and administrators including Common Core alignment. You may access the full text of these eBooks from your computer, or download titles to most popular portable devices.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
Designed for young Spanish speaking students or those learning Spanish as a second language. Full text articles, maps, flags, and more. Dozens of hands-on activities and links to Spanish language websites. Also includes a visual dictionary.

Explora for Primary Schools
For elementary school libraries. Content from children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedia entries, and images. Students can learn about animals, musicians, fitness, space exploration, and much more.

Novelist K-8 Plus
Find just the right book by subject, age, awards won, books made into movies, and much more. Read reviews and learn about the author. Create your own reading wish list. Includes tools for teachers such as Lexile levels and Common Core standards.

School Center from LearningExpress Library
Grades 4 through 12 skills improvement in math, writing and grammar, reading comprehension, social studies, and vocabulary and spelling through tests, eBooks, and tutorials. U.S. Constitution study and review, advanced math, and logic available for high school students. Create a free account to access tools to help you do well in school.




Web Resources

Country Profiles by the BBC
Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions.
Articles from free online reference sources.

Fact Monster
Reference resources for homework.

Volunteer tutors answering your homework questions.

Khan Academy
Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We’re a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.

Native American Culture

Purdue Online Writing Lab

Power My Learning

Quizlet has no pre-determined curriculum. Students define what they need to learn, and we provide the tools. We help Art History majors learn paintings, Spanish students learn their verbs, 5th graders learn their spelling words, and new waiters learn the menus of their restaurants. Our aim is to build software that any learner can use, so we make most of our stuff free.

Since 2007, Shmoop has been a digital publishing company with a point of view. Our teaching method revolves around the basic idea that learning is often too hard—so we carry gallons of academic WD-40 to squirt on the tracks whenever we can. And as an added bonus, we’re funny. At least we like to think so.

Synopsis and analysis of literature and many other subjects.

US States Information


Government Resources

Bureau of Labor and Statistics

Census – School

Choose My Plate
Health & nutrition information for children under 5.

Energy Information Administration – Kids
Information for kids from the US government.

Michigan .gov – Kids

NASA – Kids
The latest news and information as well as a directory of online resources.

U.S. – Kids