Awards and Recommended Lists
The following links will take you directly to the websites that list the current and past winners of the various awards.
General Websites for Parents
  • BookPALS - Storyline On-line - The Screen Actors Guild Foundation presents some of your favorite stories read by well- known actors.
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books - On-line version of one of the nation's leading children's book review journals.
  • CareVan - With one in four children in Texas not properly immunized, the Care Van Program provides immunizations to uninsured and medically undeserved children through its current fleet of ten custom vans.
  • - Breastfeeding and Parenting. “Evidence-based information on breastfeeding and parenting issues."
  • - “…is all about you. Community, recipes, mom-tested gear, photo galleries of your kids, mom tips you can't live without and more… The home of Parenting & Babytalk.”
  • Parenthood - “Parenting articles for raising happy, healthy children from conception to graduation.”
  • Reading & Radio Resource - A non-profit agency that provides audio recordings of children's materials such as textbooks and books on the Texas Bluebonnet List.
Health and Safety
  • Age-Appropriate Toys for Children - Describes "the basic characteristics of child development at each stage of growth" along with a listing of age-appropriate toys.
  • Ask - Information on parenting and pediatric health topics from A-Z.
  • Bed-wetting - Bed-wetting information and support from the National Kidney Foundation.
  • Car Safety Seats : A Guide for Families - Car seat recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Dr. Spock - Expert parenting and children's health advice and information.
  • Facts for Families - Information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Articles also available in Spanish and Chinese.
  • - Learn how to identify and treat head lice. Includes games and quizzes for kids.
  • KidsHealth - Children's health information presented for parents, for kids, and for teens. Also available in Spanish.
  • SafeKids Worldwide - Provides parents with information to protect their children from unintentional injury. This site deals with child safety tips and standards. Information includes product recalls and articles on everything from bike helmets and water safety to household poisons and the dangers of firearms. Sponsored by the Children's National Medical Center and Johnson & Johnson.
  • - Prevent bullying in your child's life.
  • Texas Poison Center Network - You can get free 24-hour poison information and assistance by calling 1-800-222-1222. Learn how to safeguard your family from poisonous substances and what to do in the event of an emergency.
  • WebMD - Health & Parenting
Homework Websites for Parents
  • Accelerated Reader - Accelerated Reader (AR) is software for primary and secondary schools used for monitoring the practice of reading.
  • Bridging the Great Homework Divide: A Solutions Guide for Parents of Middle School Students - A guide to help parents and middle school students meet homework challenges, from LeapFrog Enterprises and the National Education Association.
  • Developmental Reading Assessment Book List - The Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) is an individually administered assessment of a child’s reading capabilities. It is a tool to be used by instructors to identify a students reading level, accuracy, fluency, and comprehension. Once levels are identified, an instructor can use this information for instructional planning purposes.
  • Helping your Child - A series of U.S. Department of Education booklets featuring practical lessons and activities for parents to help their children master reading, history, math, science, and study skills.
  • Homework Help - A clearinghouse of ideas on providing homework help and test prep assistance to your child, from the national PTA.
  • Homework Resources - A good collection of subject links from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
  • Khan Academy - Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan to provide "a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere."
  • LearningExpress 3.0 - Improve your basic skills; Math, reading, and writing tutorials; Learn about in-demand careers; Prepare for occupational exams; ACT®, SAT*, AP* test preparation; Prepare for the GED® test ...and much more!
Recreation and Fun