Fun, Games & Reading on the Web


Take a break with some cool games, activities, and reading on the Web! The Youth Services staff (with help from our young patrons) has put together a collection of leisure-time Internet links TumbleBook logofor kids of all ages.  We even have an online version of the Youth Services Coloring Book ready for you to download, print, and enjoy.

For more information about Skokie Public Library ’s Youth Services resources, contact Susan Heist Carlton at 847.324.3144 or by .

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Please note:  The Youth Services staff makes every effort to select websites that are suitable for children; however, the Library has no control over individual website content, sponsors, or advertisements. We encourage parents to explore and enjoy these websites with their children.

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Preschool Activities

These websites have been selected just for preschoolers and their kindergarten pals.

A Little Bit of Everything

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardEarly World of Learning from World Book Online

Early World of Learning offers stories, games, and activities to help early learners build vocabulary, comprehension, phonics, and reading skills. Content includes Suitable for elementary and middle grade studentsnarrated stories with word-by-word highlighting, interactive games, interactive reference materials for beginners, and more.

Web resourceipl2: For Kids

The Internet Public Library has put together a special web directory for children. Follow the links to games, stories, music, and more.

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Books and Learning

Web resourceChateau Meddybemps

This collection of simple activities is designed to help children improve their learning skills. The Chateau features fun, games, stories, a Parent's Guide, and a Teacher's Guide.

Web resourceExpress Yourself Coloring Book

Use computer crayons and a paintbrush to color Riffington's Coloring Book! You can even print the pictures when you're finished!

Web resourceStoryplace Pre-school Library

Visit a far-away library with just a mouse click! Preschoolers (and kids of all ages) can participate in the same types of activities offered by the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County in North Carolina. Each theme includes an online story and activity, a take-home activity, suggested reading, and a parent's activity.

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Friends and Favorites

Web resourceLEGO Explore

This collection of online games just for preschoolers is based on the popular LEGO building toys.

Web resourceThe Official Bob the Builder Website

Enjoy online activities such as games, puzzles, and painting with Bob the Builder and his friends. Learn all about Bob, too!

Web resourcePBS Kids

Take a trip to the online home of the PBS gang. Have fun with games, stories, music, and coloring pages featuring Arthur, Barney, Caillou, DragonTales, Jay Jay, Teletubbies, Zoboomafoo, and more.

Web resourceSesame Street

This is the online neighborhood of the gang from Sesame Street! C’mon along for games, stories, art, music, Elmo's World, and the Sesame Street Post Office (pssst… there’s lots of good stuff for parents, too).

Web resourceSeussville

The Cat in the Hat has a home on the Internet! Join the Seussvillians for games, activities, a storymaker, and more fun activities for kids. Grown-ups will enjoy the biography of Dr. Seuss and a calendar of Seussian events.

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Online Games for Kids

After you’ve finished your homework, check out some of these links to Internet fun and games for older kids. Many of the websites have been recommended by kids who regularly visit the Youth Services Computer Lab.

Arcade Games and More

Web resourceCartoon Network

This Youth Services favorite includes interactive games, videos, programming schedules, and shopping.

Web resourceFriv

"Only the very best free online games!" A collection of Flash games for kids... 250 in all! New games pop up at any time and the least popular games drop off the screen.

Web resourceLEGO Games

This is a collection of online games based on the popular LEGO building toys.

Web resourceOrisinal Games

This collection of simple and "super cute web games" is suitable for kids of all ages.

Recommended by Tania, age 11.

Web resourceYahoo! Kids: Games

This directory of kid-friendly online games includes links to board games, card games, word games, and more.

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Brain Benders and Puzzles


Funbrain offers a selection of online games, quizzes, and parent-child challenges arranged by age and learning categories (numbers, words, universe, culture, extra) with special areas for kids, parents and teachers.


Get the scoop on secret codes and find out how they've been used throughout history and around the world. Then write your own secret messages with the Thunk message scrambler. Also includes jokes, trivia, and links to other cool websites for kids.

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Web resourceChessKIDS Academy

This virtual chess club includes online interactive lessons and quizzes for kids who play, or would like to play, chess. A resource center is available for parents and teachers. Great for beginning chess players!

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Fun and Learning

Web resourceAkhlah: The Jewish Children's Learning Network

This website was developed especially for Jewish parents, teachers, and kids. Learn about weekly Parsha, Israel, the Hebrew Aleph-Bet, Jewish holidays, and Torah heroes. The site also has a Hebrew Phrase of the Day and coloring pages, too!

Web resourceBrainpop

This interactive journey just for kids explains all about "stuff" through a collection of activities, cartoons, and animated movies. The first two movies each day are free. Thereafter, a paid subscription is required for unlimited viewing.

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Words and Writing

Web resourceDav Pilkey’s Web Site O’ Fun

This children’s author and illustrator gets zany on the Internet with “scenes and material which may be considered too silly for grown-ups…” This extra crunchy website stays crispy in milk with interactive games, printable coloring pages, literature-based paper airplanes, jokes, riddles, “how to draw,” and other fun stuff for kids. A Boring Grown-Up Stuff section describes how teachers can use the site as a teaching tool.

Web resourceRIF Reading Planet

The Reading Planet is all about having fun with books and reading. Find fun activities, cool games, booklists and reviews, author and illustrator interviews, and so much more and this website just for kids

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Activities and Crafts

Sure, there’s lots of cool stuff to learn and do on the Web, but there’s fun stuff to do when you’re away from the computer, too. Find ideas online, and then have fun on land!


Web resourceActivityTV

Follow along with step-by-step video instructions for gifts, games, magic tricks, kid-friendly cooking recipes, science experiments, cartooning, cheerleading, juggling, origami, jewelry, puppets, and more. Print instructions are available, too!

Web resourceLearn to Juggle

Learn how to juggle with these animated instructions for three-ball and four-ball juggling. Note: Youth Services staff recommend that this activity be practiced outside of the Library and far away from anything breakable!

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Web Crafts for Kids

A collection of craft projects especially for preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school children. The crafts use materials found around the house, like egg cartons, cardboard, paper, boxes, string, crayons, paint, glue, etc. Visit the special page about color mixing to find out how you can make all the colors of the rainbow!

Web resourceHands On Crafts for Kids

This collection of fun and creative craft projects is designed especially for kids ages 7 to 12. Kids can learn how to use crafts to help other people, and teachers can find cool ideas for using projects in the classroom.

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Paper and Pen

Web resourceFOLD.NET Links: Origami Diagrams on the Web

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding with this collection of origami diagrams. Diagrams are arranged by difficulty: simple, low intermediate, intermediate, high intermediate, and complex.

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Recycling Crafts

Web resourceThe Imagination Factory

This art and crafts site for kids, parents, and teachers provides all kinds of ideas for using recyclables to create drawings, paintings, sculpture, origami, collage, paper maché, prints, and crafts.

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String Things

Web resourceBoondoggle Man

Boondoggle -- also known as lanyard, gimp, and craftstrip -- is a colorful, flat plastic lacing that can be woven together to create all kinds of cool projects. This website is jam-packed with step-by-step illustrated instructions for all kinds of boondoggle stitches and projects.

Web resourceInternational String Figure Association

String figures have been enjoyed throughout history as games, good luck charms, for storytelling, or just to pass the time. This website tells the history of string figures, how to make them, and provides links to other string figure websites.

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Reading on the Web

Enjoy all different kinds of tales from around the world with these online stories and books.

Book Clubs for Kids

Web resourceBook Adventure

Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success. Sponsored by Sylvan Learning.

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Book Reviews by Kids

Web resourceUNDER the COVER: Book Reviews by Teens from Skokie Public Library and our neighborhood schools

Check out these book reviews written by teens at local Junior High and middle schools. These students were chosen by their teachers to read and write about new books that are hot off the press.

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Do-it-Yourself Stories

Web resourceAdLib: Create Your Own Silly Story!

From BAB Books, this website is the online version of the Mad Libs party game. Fill in the blanks and see what silly story comes up!

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Online Books and Stories

Web resourceBAB Books: Online Stories & Resources for Kids

The BAB Books website offers online stories for kids that the whole family will enjoy.

Web resourceGoodnight Stories

This storytime website for kids and families features all kinds of stories: read-a-story, see-a-story, hear-a-story, decide-a-story, fill-in-a-story, and finish-a-story.

Web resourceThe International Children's Digital Library

This online library is filled with children's books from all over the world! Read stories from places like Croatia, Egypt, Japan, New Zealand, the United States, and more.

Web resourceKids' Corner featuring Beatrix Potter

Kids' Corner features the stories of Beatrix Potter in text, RealAudio, streaming media, and multimedia slideshows. Some stories are available in Japanese, French, and German languages.

Web resourcePitara Kids Network: Stories for Kids

This wesite features children's stories from India and Asia. Story themes include jungle tales, school and friendships, relationships and sibling rivalry, peer pressure, and loneliness.

Web resourceShabbat Books

From the Shema Yisrael Torah Network, this website has illustrated stories and downloadable coloring books about Shabbos.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardTumbleBook™ Library

A collection of animated, talking picture books, puzzles, and quizzes adapted from existing picture books. Choose from story books, "readables," life stories, puzzles and games, and language learning.

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