Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play Every Day!
Children begin learning at birth, and they develop and learn at a rapid pace in their first few years of life. They thrive when they have secure, positive relationships with adults who are knowledgeable about how to support their development. Through play spaces, books, storytimes, and other programs, the library has resources to support you in your role as your child’s first and best teacher! Visit our Kids and Families page older kids’ programs and services.
OTHER SERVICES FOR PARENTS OF LITTLE ONES
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Track your progress and earn stickers and prizes!
Apps for Kids Ages 0-5
Songs and activities for pre-walkers
Counting and Color Songs
Sing felt board songs with Jodi and Kurt!
Hand-Picked for You!
Let library staff pick out some great new titles for you.
Themed sets of books and educational toys
Movement for Little Ones
Get your wiggles out with movement and yoga!
Sing Nursery Rhymes with Pat!
Sing storytime songs with YDL staff
Read, Learn, Explore
Online Books, Movies, & Music
ABCmouse Early Learning Academy is an engaging online curriculum for children ages 2–8+, including reading and language arts, math, beginning science, social studies, art, and music. Enter your YDL card number to create an account.
An interactive educational experience for young learners age 3 and up. With stories, songs, games, and videos, kids will practice concepts such as letters, numbers, shapes, and more.
Download movies, television shows, music, comic books, eBooks, and eAudiobooks to your laptop or mobile device.
Animals and social studies come to life in this easy-to-navigate and visual learning tool for youngsters pre-K and up.
Kids will love these animated, talking books! Watch your favorite children’s books come alive with narration, music, and interactive elements.
Great books written by African American authors and published within the last 2 years. Some authors you may have heard of before, others may be brand new to the scene! The collection has many age ranges inside.Go to List
Celebrating neurodiversity recognizes and brings awareness to brain diversity. Down syndrome, Autism, ADHD, Emotional Dysregulation, Anxiety, Learning Challenges and others disorders can be included in this discussion. This collection of books introduce kids to this dialogue. Reading about neurodiversity develops empathy, acceptance and can create a safe space for children to ask questions.Go to List
Stories of children who faced adversity unflinchingly.Go to List
Enjoy this collection of books written by East Asian authors. East Asia is a large expanse of territory with China as its largest country. This region also includes Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, and Taiwan.Go to List
Pick a favorite for a read aloud, then add songs and rhymes for storytime at home.Go to List
Choose from our preschooler read aloud list and add a song for a storytime at home.Go to List
Build a storytime at home using books from our favorites list, songs and finger plays.Go to List
Explore these topics through beautiful picture books. These books are a great way to begin a conversation or to add to an already existing conversation. You’ll find suggestions for age ranges between 3 and 9.Go to List
Loss of a loved one is a big moment in a child’s life. These books can help you talk about death, loss, and grieving with a child ages 3-9. This is a big collection with many different angles and concepts.Go to List
Do you know a reader who loves to play with their books? Suggest some of the titles below for anyone looking for a pop-up, lift-the-flap, peek-through, pull-and-slide, or upside-down book adventure! If you know of a book in our catalog that has an inte …Go to List
For many children, the loss of a pet is an introduction to death and loss of a loved one. These books are a great entry point into more conversation or simply using the time for connection.Go to List
Are you expecting a new baby? Concerned about how your child(ren) will react? Check out these books to get ready for the new addition to your family.Go to List
Great books for kids ages 2-9 by African American authors. This collection ranges from being published a while ago to only several years ago. With a range of styles and topics, you’re sure to find something that you love.Go to List
Thanks to the tireless work of Arab literature blogs and library blogs, we can offer you this list of picture books written by Muslim authors. This collection features Muslim children and their families. We hope these books will provide a deeper understanding of the Muslim American and global Muslim experience.Go to List
South Asia is made up of countries including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal, Iran, and the Maldives. This collection of books celebrates authors from this beautiful region that is also known for being the home of the Himalayan Mountains.Go to List
Enjoy this collection of books written by Southeast Asian authors. This region includes countries of impressive diversity in culture, religion, and history: Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.Go to List
Is your little one starting kindergarten in the fall? Use these books to talk about what it will be like and what your child can expect.Go to List
Is your little one getting ready to use the potty? These books will help you succeed!Go to List
Is it time to move your little one from the crib to a big kid bed? Here are some great books to address any fears or concerns.Go to List
Enjoy this great collection of books written by authors from Western Asia. This region includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cyprus, Georgia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. You’ll find beautiful picture books that touch a range of topics as well as books for older children written with a West Asian voice.Go to List
Find great books by Native American/First Nation authors for your little one here.Go to List
‘Latinx’ is a gender-neutral word for people of Latin American descent. This collection highlights the voices and experiences of Latinx authors.Go to List