Online Resources for Kids

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Homework Help with Online Databases

Explora for Elementary School
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 Center learningexpress
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.
Overdrive is Allen Public Library's electronic library, featuring eBooks and eAudiobooks that you can checkout, download and enjoy on a variety of devices. Search for our STAAR test workbooks that you can checkout and use on your device! All you need is your library card number and password (typically the last 4 digits of your phone number).

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.

To get started with OverDrive:

1. Download the app from the app store on your mobile device or go to Allen Public Library's OverDrive page on your computer and log in with your library card number and PIN number (last 4 digits of your phone number).

2. See Getting Started with OverDrive for help with your specific device.

3. You may have up to six holds and six titles checked out. All items check out for two weeks.
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 abcya
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.