Go Back-to-School with the Library
For Young Children (3- to 5-year-olds)
- Getting ready to learn to read? Check out BookFlix, online video storybooks that help your child get ready to learn to read. Good for pre-schoolers, kindergartners and beginning readers. Spanish titles are also available.
- Learning to read? The best thing children can do when they’re learning to read is READ, READ and READ some more. Look up recommended book lists by grade level. Every book is available at the DC Public Library.
- Homework help needed? The library has a free online tutoring service available for teens and children to help with math, science, social studies and English. Access Homework Help from a computer at home or in the library. Tutors can provide homework help in both English and Spanish.
- Need help with research papers and school projects? Check out the databases at the library. Find newspaper and magazine articles. Do research on almost any topic – geology, history, science. You name it. The library has it.
- Getting ready for academic and licensing tests? The library can help. Through Learning Express Library and Testing and Education Reference Center, your child can take practice tests for elementary and high school standardized tests and for college entrance exams such as ACT and SAT.
- Check out video storybooks. Scholastic has three informative products for grades 3 and up. FreedomFlix brings American History alive. TrueFlix explores important people and phenomena related to the manmade and natural worlds. ScienceFlix provides articles at three reading levels on topics from extreme weather to engineering. Additional enhancements include experiments, information about science careers and recent science news.
- Teach kids the joy of reading with Starwalks Media. From classic picture books to lavishly illustrated, current science titles, these eBooks engage young people from 3 to 12 with high-quality visuals. Children will also enjoy Tumble Books, animated, talking picture books, chapter books and nonfiction.
- Books to enjoy. The library has all types of books kids want to read - fantasy, graphic novels, sports, bestsellers and more! If you want your child to read more, search the online catalog or visit your neighborhood library to choose from a great selection of titles. You can start the book selection process by browsing reading lists made just for your reader. Reading lists are also available at libraries.
- Take online classes in subjects like math, photography, science, music, art, cooking and many more.
- Learn a new language.
Stop by your library for some back-to-school programs.
Get help preparing for the GED.
Check out services for the deaf and visually impaired.
Use your DC Student One Card as a library card.
More resources to help your child start the school year off right.
- Shapes in Math, Science and Nature by Catherine Ross
- Totally Tardy Marty by Erica Perl
- Bedtime Math: The Truth Comes Out by Laura Overdeck
- If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! by Elise Paisley
- Football: The Math of the Game by Shane Frederick
- Awesome Algorithms and Creative Coding by Clive Gifford
- Animal School: What Class Are You? By Michelle Ford
- A Smart Girl’s Guide, Middle School by Julie Williams
- Ruby Wizardry: An Introduction to Programming for Kids by Eric Weinstein
- Save the Earth Science Experiments by Elizabeth Harris
- Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
- Algebra and Geometry by Dan Green
- Putting on the Brakes: Understanding and Taking Control of Your ADD or ADHD by Patricia Quinn
- Maisy Goes to Preschool by Lucy Cousins
- Pirate’s Guide to First Grade by James Preller
- A Is for Musk Ox by Erin Cabatingan
- How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills
- Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney
- Lunch Lady and the Mutant Mathletes by Jarrett Krosoczka
- Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
- Seven books to share with your kindergartner about starting school
- Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who’s Boss by Danica McKellar
- How to Win at High School by Owen Matthews
- How to Grow Up Like Me: The Ballou Story Project by Ballou High School Writers
- El Deafo by Cece Bell
- Learn to Program with Scratch by Marjed Marji
- Electricity and Magnetism Science Fair Projects by Robert Gardner
- Algebra by David Herzog
- Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students by Mignon Fogarty
- It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living by Dan Savage and Terry Miller
- Get into Any College by Gen Tanabe
- Middle School: Get Me Out of Here by James Patterson
- Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
- Yaqui Delgado Want to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
- Stuck in the Middle by Ariel Schrag
- Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar