KDL wants to support parents as they navigate this new paradigm in teaching.
That’s why we created this new page, where all of our learning resources reside. Some of them will be familiar and others are new, brought to you by KDL staff who have been busy behind the scenes creating content for online storytimes, booktalks, and much more.
If you don't have a KDL card, you can apply for an online-only card that will grant you 90 days of access to our digital collection and research databases. As a requirement to apply, you need to live in the KDL Service Area and be at least 18 years old.
A sampling of our online offerings, including our digital ebook and audiobook collection, livestreamed KDL programs, tools to learn new skills and research resources.
Request a personalized list of recommended books
Tell us what you like to read and we'll use that information to create a list of recommendations just for you. We'll even provide links to our online catalog so you can place a hold or find the item's location.
Tutorials on downloading our ebooks
Below are links to lists of KDL-curated research websites geared toward students in K-12 to help with their homework needs. Log in with your KDL card number.
Study Guides for Nonfiction Topics
- Weather and Climate
- Engineering and Design
- Forces and Motion
- Measurement and Data
- Computers and Coding
- Statistics and Probability
- Cultures of the World
Book Talks for Tweens and Teens
- Just Like That by Gary Scmidt
- Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz
- Horror graphic novels for teens and adults
- Fantasy graphic novels for teens and adults
- Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
- We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez
- Sanctuary by Paula Mendoza
- Graphic novels with Black protagonists
- Graphic novels for teens and adults
- Sports: Fence by C.S. Pacat, After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay
- Science fiction graphic novels for teens and adults: Poe Dameron Vol 1 Black Squadron by Charles Soule, Dr Stone 1 Stone World by Riichiro Inagaki, Last Pick by Jason Walz, Mech Cadet Y by Greg Pak, Skyward Vol 1: My Low G Life by Joe Henderson, Sentient by Jeff Lemire, RASL by Jeff Smith, Mooncop by Tom Gauld, ODY-C by Matt Fraction, Shutter by Joe Keatinge, Ex Machina by Brian Vaughan
- Teen books: Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang, The Middler by Kirsty Applebaum, All Eyes on Her by L.E. Flynn
- Seven Clues to Home by Gae Polisner
- Books for teens (November 7, 2020): The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Barnes, Displacement by Kiku Hughes, Into the Clouds by Tod Olson, You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
- Books for teens (October 31, 2020): These Witches Don't Burn by Isabel Sterling, The Witches graphic novel by Pénélope Bagieu, Witchy by Ariel Slamet Ries
- Books for teens (October 10, 2020): Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart, The Agony House by Cherie Priest, Thornhill by Pam Smy
- Books for teens (October 3, 2020): The Donut Destroyer by Sarah Graley, Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston, In the Hall with the Knife by Diana Peterfreund
- Teen and adult graphic novels (September 28, 2020): Adult: Kid Gloves by Lucy Knisley, The Photographer by Didler Lefevre, Freedom Hospital by Hamid Sulaiman, Apollo by Fitch Baker & Collins, Paying the Land by Joe Sacco, A Fire Story by Brian Fies. Teen: Hey Kiddo by Jarrett J Krosoczka, The Fire never goes out by Noelle Stevenson, Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash, They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, We'll Soon Be Home Again by Jessica Bab Bonde, Drawing the Vote by Tommy Jenkins
- Books for teens (September 26, 2020): Tinfoil Crowns (Erin Jones), The Black Flamingo (Dean Atta), Silence of Bones (June Hur), Strangers Assume My Girlfriend is my Nurse (Shane Burcaw), In the Role of Brie Hutchens (Nicole Melleby)
Book Discussion Guides for Middle and High School Books
Want to read a book together with a group? These titles are all available through Hoopla, one of KDL’s apps for digital downloads. With Hoopla, there are no limits on the number of copies checked out, so you can have a copy, your best friend can have a copy, your mom can have a copy… everyone can have a copy!
Want to know more about the titles before you check them out? Visit kdl.org and type the name of the book into the search bar. After you’ve clicked on the title name, scroll to the bottom to the “Explore” tab – this will give you publisher reviews, age recommendations, readalikes and more. Happy reading!
- Refugee by Alan Gratz (J Gratz)
- In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters (Teen Winters)
- Redwood and Ponytail by K. A. Holt (Teen Holt)
- The Giver by Lois Lowry (Teen Lowry)
- Sabriel by Garth Nix (Teen Nix)
- Miles Morales: Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds (Teen Reynolds)
- The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (J Turner)
- The Faithful Spy by John Hendrix (JNF Bonhoeffer)
- Airborn by Kenneth Oppel (Teen Oppel)
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Teen Acevedo)
- Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy (Teen Murphy)
- Monster by Walter Dean Myers (Teen Myers)
- Challenger Deep by Neil Shusterman (Teen Shusterman)
- The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger (J Angleberger)
- Wringer by Jerry Spinelli (J Spinelli)
- Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (Teen Creech)
- The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis (Teen Ellis)
- The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (Teen Riordan)
- Feed by M.T. Anderson (Teen Anderson)
Booktalks for Elementary School Kids
- Good graphic novels
- Good mysteries
- Fantasy and sci-fi chapter books
- Historical fiction
- Nonfiction picks: list of books talked about is here
- Masterminds by Gordon Korman
- Land of the Cranes by Aida Salazar
- Nonfiction picks
- The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman
- Every Missing Piece by Melanie Conklin
- KDL youth staff favorite junior fiction, graphic novels, and nonfiction of 2020
- KDL youth staff favorite picture books, early readers, and beginning chapter books of 2020
- Twins by Varian Johnson
- Mysteries: King & Kayla series by Dori Hillestad Butler, The Amazing Life of Azaleah Lane by Nikki Shannon Smith, Dragons vs. Unicorns by Kate Biberdorf, Izzy Newton and the S.M.A.R.T. Squad: Absolute Hero by Valerie Tripp, Elvin Link, Please Report to the Principal's Office! by Drew Deravich, Scritch Scratch by Lindsay Currie, The Mystery of the Masked Medalist by Maia Shibutani, Mr. Lemoncello and the Titanium Ticket by Chris Grabenstein, Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor by Ally Carter, Julieta and the Diamond Enigma by Luisana Duarte Armendáriz, Finally, Something Mysterious by Doug Cornett, Charlie & a Frog by Karen Kane, Tornado Brain by Cat Patrick, City Spies by James Ponti
- The Amelia Six by Kristin L. Gray
- Seven Clues to Home by Gae Polisner
- From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
- The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead
- The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate
- Front Desk by Kelly Yang and The Unteachables by Gordon Korman
There are live storytimes offered throughout the KDL service area for a variety of ages. Check your local branch’s offerings to see what’s currently being offered!
For online Storytime, watch Wimee's Words every weekday at 4:00pm: Watch Wimee's Words "Wimee's Words" is an interactive LIVE kids show that encourages imagination, vocabulary building, and storytelling through puppetry, music, and wordplay. Join the educational fun where YOUR ideas could become part of the show!
Mission: Read is our reading program open to enrollment by students in K-3. The mission? Read for 1,000 days before 6th grade. Although 1,000 days sounds like a lot — and it is — Mission: Read makes it fun!
Learn more on our Mission: Read page and enroll online via the Beanstack website or app (Android | iOS). We also offer paper packets if you want to participate offline but these will not be available until our branches reopen.
Resources to Help Parents with Homeschooling
- Information from the Department of Education on homeschooling
- Direct link to books on homeschooling in our catalog
- The Measured Mom: https://www.themeasuredmom.com/ An education website with podcast episodes with tips, plus hundreds of free printables for alphabet activities, teaching reading, math games, and more
- 123 Homeschool 4 Me: https://www.123homeschool4me.com/ Printables, ideas, and resources you need to make learning fun for pre k - 8th grade students
- Homeschool Building - https://www.mihsb.org/ Provides information, educational resources and networking opportunities for families in West Michigan
- Homeschooling Help, Making Your Journey Your Own - https://www.facebook.com/Homeschool-Help-Making-Your-Journey-your-Own-113769597010091 A Facebook page with homeschooling help
- Easy Peasy - https://allinonehomeschool.com/ A free curriculum - look for subject based on age
- Education.com Thousands of teacher-crafted learning activities that sync up with the school year
- Teachers Pay Teachers - teacherspayteachers.com A community of educators who share their work, insights, and inspiration with one another; this is a marketplace where teachers share, sell, and buy original educational resources in various digital and downloadable formats
- Wide Open School free, high-quality learning activities across subjects, curated by the editors of Common Sense Media
- The section of the Revised School Code that addresses home schools in the Michigan Compiled Laws under MCL 380.1561
- Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls Lots of fun and useful activities from a homeschooling mom
Fun Links That are Also Educational
- Live Cams at Monterey Bay Aquarium: Ten live cams with accompanying music let you enjoy ocean life from home.
- Wolong Grove Panda Yard: The Wolong Grove live cam at the Shenshuping Gengda Panda Center in China's Wolong Valley Nature Reserve provides views into 11 different panda yards.
- San Diego Zoo's Hippo Cam: Watch the hippos at this world-famous zoo. The zoo has a number of other animal cams, including an ape cam, where you can watch orangutans and siamangs, as well as a tiger cam and a giraffe cam.
- Tembe Elephant Park: Situated in an area that was once the ancient ‘Ivory Route’, linking Mozambique and Zululand, Tembe Elephant Park is renowned for having the largest elephants in Africa – and the planet! You can also see lions, leopards, rhinos, and more.
- Audubon Bird Cams: Many live bird cams that follow Atlantic puffins in Maine, osprey nests in Connecticut, and sandhill cranes in Nebraska, among others.
- The Smthsonian's National Zoo: These are live, but there is a playlist of baby animal videos, where you can tune in to watch short, adorable videos of the zoo’s panda cubs, baby gorillas, cheetah cubs, a newborn gazelle, and even naked mole-rat pups.