Reference Resources for Youth



Beanstack
BeanstackReceive free personalized recommendations for books and apps matched to your child's specific age, interests, reading level and background. Book suggestions accompanied by learning tips are sent via email weekly, or search the complete online database of almost 3,000 titles, with new books added each week.


BookFlix
BookFlixAn online literacy resource from children's publisher Scholastic for grades PreK–3 that pairs fictional video storybooks with nonfiction eBooks to build a love of reading and learning. Also includes resources for educators.
This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).


Britannica Learning Zone
Britannica Learning Zone Activity-centered learning to explore, play, read, and build technology skills geared toward grades PreK-2. Letters, numbers, geography, shapes and much more are included.
This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).


Britannica Elementary
Britannica ElementaryFind information on countries, animals, and people in articles, media, and a world atlas geared towards grades 3-4. Watch and learn with videos, games, and activities.
This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).


Britannica Middle School
Britannica Middle SchoolExplore maps, photos, articles, famous people and places, compare countries, and tour the U.S.A. with resources geared toward grades 5-7.
This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).


Britannica High School
Britannica High SchoolPrimary sources for quick facts and in-depth information on history, geography, people, places, science, and much more geared toward high school and adult learners. Biographies, world atlas, countries comparison, articles and interactive resources are available.
This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).


CultureGrams for Kids
CultureGrams for KidsA collection of country reports that teaches upper elementary-aged children more about the world around them. Each report is an indispensable resource of up-to-date, engaging cultural information, complete with images, historical timeline, fun facts, and sections on history, population, "life as a kid," and more.
This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).


InfoTrac Student Edition
InfoTrac Student EditionDesigned for high-school students with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).


Kids InfoBits
Kids InfoBitsA content-rich, authoritative, easy-to-use resource covering a broad range of educational topics for students in grades K-5. Features kid-friendly images and age-appropriate content about animals, geography, health, science, sports, technology and more.
This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).


Little Pim Language Learning
Little PimPowered by Mango Languages, Little Pim is a fun and convenient way to introduce a child to a foreign language in a way they can understand and enjoy. Courses are available in 9 foreign languages as well as English/ESL.
This database is provided through generous donations to Kent District Library.



NoveList K-8 Plus
NoveList K-8 PlusFind just the right book by subject, age, awards won, Lexile Reading levels, Common Core standards, books made into movies, and much more. Read reviews, learn about the author and create your own reading wish list.
This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).



Research in Context
Research in Context(Formerly InfoTrac Junior Edition)
Created specifically for middle-schoolers, this resource combines the best reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Students will find outstanding support to complete assignments in core subjects including literature, science, social studies, and history.
This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).


ScienceFlix
ScienceFlixAn online resource from children's publisher Scholastic that focuses on engaging subject-area science content for students in grades 4-9. Each of the 38 multimedia units helps hone literacy skills while bolstering understanding of crucial subjects relating to science, technology, and engineering.


TrueFlix
TrueFlixAn online resource from children's publisher Scholastic that uses interactive nonfiction books to help students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subject-area content and cultivate 21st-century skills through the inquiry process. All titles are supported with related content and primary sources featuring videos, audio, images and text. Supports Common Core standards and includes resources for educators.


TumbleBook Library
TumbleBook LibraryA collection of animated, talking picture books (TumbleBooks), as well as games, educational tools and more!




World Book Early World of Learning
World Book Early World of LearningA wealth of resources to help preschoolers and children in the early grades grasp critical early childhood themes. Follow Trek and Taffy the cat around the world learning about colors, numbers and other fun things. Strengthen reading foundations with stories, activities and videos. Explore the Know It encyclopedia designed especially for early readers. Also includes materials for educators.
This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).


World Book Online for Kids
World Book KidsOnline version of the popular World Book Encyclopedia! Features easy-to-read articles and a wealth of engaging multimedia, games, science projects, interactive tools, and activities.
This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).



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