Parent Resources

The Essex Library has an entire section devoted to parenting in our Children’s Department. Our Parenting corner includes book shelves with how-to manuals, anecdotes, information about sharing difficult topics with children and more. Please visit our literacy corner aimed at beginning readers and have many literacy based games and audio kits here for your use as well. We also use our parenting corner to display magazines for your enjoyment and local happenings for families. Before leaving the parenting corner, stop by the archway which contains a binder of local organizations, schools, scholarships, and summer programs as well as an area with information about literacy for children at every age.

App Reviews

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center, a research lab focusing on children, digital media, and education has published the informational Family Time with Apps: A Guide to Using Apps with Your Kids. The booklet addresses everything from the educational value of digital family activities to using apps to connect to distant family and explore the outside world. A separate section answers parents’ questions and provides resources for locating quality products. We love the links and suggestions provided and hope you will too!
(School Library Journal, 2016)


Brown Bear

Eric Carle’s Brown Bear Animal Parade

This app celebrates the 50th anniversary of Bill Martin Jr.’s classic title Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Rather than a recitation of the book’s text with added interactive elements, this is a new exploration of the book’s premise, set to music. Tapping the screen sends Brown Bear on his way through a nature-inspired setting, passing by tufts of grass that release hidden butterflies and fireflies to the touch. Close observers will discover Carle’s most famous creation from The Very Hungry Caterpillar chomping happily away in the trees. This is an app best suited for one-on-one sharing between a toddler and adult after a reading of the book.

(School Library Journal, 2017)

Additional Resources

Museum Passes

Reading is Fundamental Literacy Resources (activities, booklists, articles and brochures)

Reading Rockets for Parents

Birth to Three – A Connecticut sponsored site to help families meet the needs of infants and toddlers with delays or disabilities.

Early Childhood Council Of Essex, Deep River & Chester – The Early Childhood Council of Region IV’s mission is to heighten awareness among the people of our community about the educational needs facing preschool children from three to five years old.”

Connecticut Parent Magazine Book Shelf – Articles from local librarians about what to read with your kids.

Scholastic for Parents

Guys Read – Author Jon Scieszka’s reading list that connects boys with books they will want to read.

Safety Net for the Internet – Practical tips and guidelines for parents on children and the Internet.

Connecticut State Department of Education

Home Schooling Information

Home School Legal Defense Association – Offers support and information on laws affecting home schoolers. HLSDA is Christian-based and partners with religious and secular groups to promote home schooling.

CT Home School Network – An independent, online-based home school community, dedicated to sharing information, knowledge and resources that support home school families.