For Parents and Teachers

Links for Parents and Teachers


Find a Great Book:

Best Children's Books:

Site by teachers for teachers and parents looking for children's books to help you quickly and easily find the ideal book for any topic and reading level. They don't include ALL the books on a given topic, just the award winning, highly rated books.

Caldecott Winners:

Newberry Medal Winners:

Iowa Children's Choice Award:

Resources for Teachers:

Defined STEM:

Scholastic Book Wizard:

Teaching Books:

American Association of School Librarians best web-sites for teaching and learning:

Early Literacy Websites:

Reading Rockets:

Get Ready to READ:

Story Blocks:

Reading Websites:

The following are links to great websites that provide important information about the development of reading, practice skills such as the alphabet, and the overall spectrum of child development.

The Reading Pyramid:

Early Childhood News:

KidZone Reading Corner Book Lists:

PBS Kids (Child Development):

March Book Madness 2016:

Accelerated Reading:

Attention families and teachers: The following is the Acceleraed Reading (AR) website:



Information for Teachers

Requesting Materials for Your Classroom

If you are in need of books or materials for your classroom, please contact the library by calling 515-432-3727 or emailing the children's librarian, Zach Stier, at For all Boone Public Schools, the school van will deliver your items. For all other schools and classrooms, we will hold items at the Children's Department front desk for pick up.  To view our teacher checkout policy, please click here.

We are proud to support local teachers with materials for their classrooms. In addition to the books and audiobooks you would expect, we have some unique collections that can be checked out and used to help get kids excited about reading! Here are some of the items available:

Felt Boards

From It Looked Like Spilled Milk to There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, we have plenty of felt boards to help children get involved in reading time.

Early Literacy Bags

A whole bag of goodies to enhance a story!  Get your littlest readers excited for lifelong learning!


Music CDs

Choose from our music collection of children's classics to get children movin' and groovin'.

Puppets and Reading Props

Using our diverse collection of puppets, you can transform any story by making the characters come to life! We also have several reading props including a Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom tree.

Learning Aides

We have a variety of reading aides that includes language cards, alphabet exercise cards, and reading games. 

Storytime Kits

Everything you need to put on a fantastic storytime! Kits include a book, instructional manual, manipulatives, and more!

LEGO Technic Kits **NEW**

Teachers can request Lego Technic kits for their classroom. The kits available are listed to the right. There are 4 of each kit available. Please contact Mr. Z to reserve your kit!



Lego Technic Quad Bike

Lego Technic Race Car

Lego Technic Hovercraft

Lego Technic Snowmobile

Lego Technic Excavator

Lego Technic Monster Truck

Lego Technic Mining Truck

Lego Technic Bulldozer

On-line Resources for Teachers:


Scholastic Book Wizard:

Teaching Books:

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American Association of School Librarians best web-sites for teaching and learning:

The library provides teachers with booklists of themes for classroom use.  These are listed and continually updated in the library's catalog, on the left side of the page under "Teacher Resource Themes".