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.
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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.
Short Tutorials on Some of Our Most Useful Homework Help Resources for Kids
- Our tutorials are currently being edited. After our website was redone, they were no longer useful as is.
- Scholastic Teachables can be found at kdl.org > learn and research > scholastic teachables. There isn't a video for it yet, but homeschooling parents will love it! You can search by keyword, phrase, or Common Core standard. Filter your results by grade, subject, theme, reading level, and more. Save things to a virtual file cabinet. There are lesson plans, activity sheets, printables, and even mini books to print. Scholastic Teachables isn't compatible with Internet Explorer, so use Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Microsoft Edge to access it.
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
- 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)
- Books for teens (September 19, 2020): Fresh Ink by Lamar Giles, Super Puzzletastic Mysteries by Chris Grabenstein, Rags and Bones by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt, Check Out the Library Weenies by David Lubar, A Phoenix First Must Burn by Patrice Caldwell, Hungry Hearts by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond
- Realistic fiction for teens (August 8, 2020): Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana Davis, The New David Espinoza by Fred Aceves, and The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg
- Booktalks for teens (August 1, 2020): The Crescent Stone by Matt Mikalatos and The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson. Also tips on using Novelist to search by subject.
- Amazing Nonfiction for teens (July 25, 2020): Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America (Susan Campbell Bartoletti), Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World (Pénélope Bagieu) and Illegal (Eoin Colfer)
- Great teen reads (July 12, 2020): Solo by Kwame Alexander, The Poet X by Elizabet Acevedo
- Books for teens (June 27, 2020): Let's Call it a Doomsday by Katie Henry, Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles, The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton, Here to Stay by Sara Farizan
- Mr. Greg with great teen reads (June 6, 2020): The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo,
- Miss Sara's picks for teens and middle grade students (May 26, 2020): Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt, They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
- Books for teens and tweens (May 20, 2020): Shuri by Nic Stone, Mooncakes by Wendy Xu, Hey Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, New Kid by Jerry Kraft, Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
Follow kentdistrictlibrary on Instagram for more booktalks. The fall schedule is:
- Mondays at 11:00am: adult booktalks
- Mondays at 8:00pm: adult booktalks
- Wednesdays at 8:00pm: adult booktalks
- Thursdays at 11:00am: middle grade booktalks
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
- 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
- Historical Fiction: Cat Man of Aleppo by Irene Latham, Overground Railroad by Lesa Cline-Ransome, A Squirrelly Situation by Jacqueline Kelly, Rosie: Stronger Than Steel by Lindsay Ward, the Girls Survive series, The Paper Boat by Thao Lam, When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson, Beyond Me by Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu, Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk, On the Horizon by Lois Lowry
- Graphic Novels: Bug Boys by Laura Knetzger, The Magical Adventures of Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson, Aster and the Accidental Magic by Thom Pico, Yorick and Bones by Jeremy Tankard, The Pathfinders Society by Francesco Sedita, Lightfall by Tim Probert, Snapdragon by Kat Leyh, One Year at Ellsmere by Faith Erin Hicks, This Was our Pact by Ryan Andrews, Action Presidents (series) by Fred Van Lente, Bone Adventures by Jeff Smith, The Night a Monster by Marzena Sowa, Space Bear by Ethan Young, Drew and Jot by Art Baltazar, Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley, The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner, Shirley and Jamila Save Their Summer by Gillian Goerz, Be Wary of the Silent Woods by Svetlana Chmakova, Tresspassers by Breena Bard, Nat Enough by Maria Scrivan
- Sports and Realistic Fiction: Balletball by Dionne, I Got Next by Doria Peoples-Riley, This is It by Doria Peoples-Riley, Fergus and Zeke and the Field Day Challenge by Kate Messner, Jack at Bat by Mac Barnett and Greg Pizzoli, Fort Buildings Inc: the Birthday Castle by Dee Romito, Layla and the Bots: Happy Paws by Vicky Fang, Babysitters Little Sister: Karen's Witch graphic novel by Katy Farina, The Great Pet Heist by Emily Ecton, Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen by Sarah Kapit
- Science Fiction and Fantasy: Dewdrop by Katie O'Neill, Battle of the Bad Breath Bats by David Bowels, Snapdragon by Kat Leyh, Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee, The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Paola Santiago & the River of Tears by Tehlor Key Mejia, The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix
- From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
- Amina's Voice by Hena Khan
- Nonfiction recommendations: Mae Jemison by Laurie Calkhoven, Ocean Renegades by Abby Howard, Excellent Engineering by Bob Beattie, Girl Running: Bobbi Gibb and the Boston Marathon by Annette Bay Pimentel, Bringing Back the Wolves: How A Predator Restored An Ecosystem by Jude Isabella, The Forest Man: The True Story of Jadav Payeng by Anne Matheson, Dad and Me Fun in the Kitchen by Danielle Kartes, and a series: Abnormal Field Guides to Cryptic Creatures by various authors
- 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
- Beginning chapter books: Trip to the Pumpkin Farm by Rebecca Elliott (Owl Diaries series), Paloma by Cynthia Lord (Shelter Pet Squad series), Frankie Sparks and the Big Sled Challenge by Megan Fraser Blakemore (Frankie Sparks, Third Grade Inventor series), and Sam Wu is Not Afraid of the Dark by Katie & Kevin Tsang (Sam Wu series)
There are live storytimes every day of the week streaming on our Facebook page, starting December 2. (there will be no program on days KDL is closed system-wide):
- Wimee's Words every weekday at 1:00pm in December, or at 4:00pm, starting January 4 (no programs December 14-18 or December 24-25): 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!
- Family Storytime on Tuesdays at 10:00am in December
- Family Storytime on Thursdays at 10:00am in December
- Family Storytime on Mondays at 10:00am in January and February
- Family Storytime on Thursdays at 7:00pm in January and February
- Rhyme Time on Tuesdays at 10:00am in January and February
- Storytime with Mr. Dave on Wednesdays in January and February
- Celebrating Your Community!, a special storytime featuring local artists and performers on Fridays at 10:00am and Saturdays at 11:00am in January and February
- Babytime on Fridays in January and February
We'll also offer Reading with Fred the dog on Wednesdays at 10:00am on Instagram (follow kentdistrictlibrary)
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.
- Make a pizza box solar oven (July 15, 2020)
- Cutting and folding paper (July 1, 2020)
- Create a sidekick bot with Miss Courtnei (June 17, 2020)
- Astronomy with Miss Audrey (June 10, 2020)
Join us on Facebook for KDL Curiosity Lab Online: Ask the Expert as we ask local STEAM experts some curious questions from school age children on January 8, January 29, and February 19 at 1:00pm
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.