Literacy and Learning Resources

There is a lot of information out there to help you develop your child’s literacy skills.  Here are a few websites we recommend:


Information on child and literacy development from birth through adulthood with an emphasis on authors, illustrators and book picks. 

KidCentral TN

A one-stop shop for Tennessee’s resources for children and families.  Learn about health, social services and your child’s development. 

Nashville Public Library

Visit NPL’s Kid Zone for games, information, and recommended age-appropriate books to check out at your local branch! Plus the library has free events and workshops to support early literacy.

Book’em (For Educators)

Book ‘Em helps low-income families acquire age-appropriate books for their children for free!

Bringing Books to Life

Dedicated to literacy education for early childhood, BBTL offers recommended books, tips, and resources as you help your child develop his or her literacy skills at home and/or at preschool!

Imagination Library

Imagination Library provides FREE age-appropriate books to your child from birth to age 5! Imagination Library in Davidson, Williamson and Sumner Counties is provided through a partnership between United Way of Metro Nashville and the Governor’s Books From Birth Foundation.

Get Ready to Read

Get Ready to Read!, from the National Center for Learning Disabilities, provides great tips for reading to and with your child to encourage love of reading.

PBS Play Island

Offers free reading games and activities for preschoolers, along with resources and literacy activities for parents and teachers.


ReadyRosie uses video modeling and mobile technology to reach parents on the go, by email or text message.  In hundreds of videos, real parents show how they turn daily home life into “learning moments.” Videos are in English, Spanish, and in English with Arabic and Vietnamese subtitles. ReadyRosie is a free, resource available through the Nashville Public Library.

Information on Literacy

Reading Rockets  

Lots of information about helping your child become a reader.

Color in Colorado

Great bilingual resource for parents and educators

PNC Grow-Up Great

Sesame Street themed resources for educators and parents, available in English and Spanish. 

Too Small to Fail (Pequeños y Valiosos)

Resources for educators and parents on early literacy, math and social-emotional development:

Reading Is Fundamental

Activities and information for parents and educators. You can search by age or topic.  Also has free e-books to download in English and Spanish.

Online Books


Nashville Public Library:

On this page, you’ll find links for many library resources that you can access for free with your Nashville Public Library card. Don’t have a card for the Nashville Public Library?  Signing up is easy, and you can do it online to receive immediate access to all online services and downloads!

  • BookFlix –Watch animated versions of favorite picture books.  Each picture book is paired with an e-book of a related informational text.  Resources for parents and teachers, too. Login on a computer in a library location or at home with your library card number and PIN.
  • Tumblebooks – Online e-books and activities that are free with your library card.
  • Overdrive for Kids – Borrow e-books with your library card to read on your computer or device (via free app).  Only children’s titles are included here, and many have read-along features. You will need your library card number and PIN in order to borrow and download books here.
  • Age/grade-leveled booklists created by Nashville Public Library staff.

Great Websites for Kids

Many children’s authors and illustrators maintain websites that include interactive e-book versions of favorites.  This site is a fantastic resource to get you started.

International Children’s Digital Library

Stories in many languages including Arabic, Farsi, Spanish, and Russian.

Storyline Online

Free online videos of actors reading children’s books