Online Resources for Kids

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Homework Help with Online Databases

Explora for Elementary School
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Explora supports student research with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality. A simple search delivers relevant articles, essays and primary source documents. Call the Library or visit the Children's Desk for login information.
Learning Express Library's School Centerlearningexpress
The resources here can help students in elementary and middle school prepare for important tests and boost their skills in important subjects. Students can also take practice STAAR tests for 4th or 8th grade. Call the Library or visit the Children's Desk for login information.
 Additional Databases
Allen Public Library has many more databases, including ones that focus on literature and history. Check out our full list of research and online resources. Please call the Library at 214.509.4900 or stop by the Children's Desk for login information.

STAAR Test Help

Texas Education Agency
The TEA provides sample questions and test forms from past STAAR tests as well as other resources for parents that want to know more about test design and format.
Learning Express Library's School Center
Students preparing for the 4th grade or 8th grade STAAR test can take practice exams  with instant scoring and detailed answer explanations. Call the Library or visit the Children's Desk for login information.


Books and Reading

Tumblebooks Tumblebooks
The TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. 
Borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks with Cloud Library 
To get started with cloudLibrary:

1. Download the app from the app store on your mobile device or cloudLibrary_App_Icon. For assistance getting started in the app, please refer to the cloudLibrary user guide.

2. Log in to  Allen Public Library's cloudLibrary page by selecting your state, library, and entering your library card and PIN number (last 4 digits of your phone number).

3. Browse, borrow, and read. You may have up to six holds and six titles checked out. All items check out for two weeks.

Please note: cloudLibrary is not currently compatible with Kindle PaperWhite or the Kindle apps.
Award Winning Books
Every year the American Library Association and the Texas Library Association highlight special books with various awards.  From ALA, checkout the Newbery, Caldecott and more. The Texas Library Association has lists for all ages, including the 2x2 for ages 2 through 2nd grade and the Texas Bluebonnet Award for ages 5 - 12.

Online Games

PBS Kids Games
PBS Kids has games that introduce kids to engineering, teamwork, reading, spelling and more! Be sure to check out Cyberchase, games that concentrate STEM skills.
National Geographic Kids Games
Features geography, history and natural history games for kids along with quizzes and fun facts!
ABCya provides free, online games for grades K - 5.
Funbrain funbrain
Funbrain, created for kids ages preschool through grade 8, offers more than 100 fun, interactive games that develop skills in math, reading and literacy.
ABC Mouse
An online learning academy for kids ages 2 - 7. This program is free to play on the Children's Area computers.