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We’ve included some of our favourite online resources for parents below. We also have a comprehensive Parenting and Home-Schooling section in our Children’s Department! Frequently searched material, such as adoption, bullying, feelings, new baby, and potty training is grouped conveniently by subject.


Children & Reading

One of the most important gifts you can give your child is a love of reading; whether it’s for fun, school or work, reading is an essential life skill.
These websites can help; they’ve got activities, games and stories for you to share and build that love of reading with your child.

Progressive Phonics
Downloadable books that focus on phonics, the alphabet and handwriting. Requires free registration.

International Children’s Digital Library
A collection of classic, new and award-winning stories from around the world.

Short Stories
A collection that includes Hans Christian Andersen and traditional tales, searchable by author, length and rating.

Internet Public Library Story Hour
10 stories for children to read online.

Improve Your Child’s Reading Skills
10 ways to improve your child’s reading skills.

Online Resources for Parents

Baby Centre
A complete online resource for new and expectant parents.

Center for Parenting Education
Educates and supports parents to raise their families in emotionally healthy ways so that their children can thrive personally, socially and academically.

Children’s Information Portal
This site brings together information about all the children and youth programs and services provided by the Government of Ontario.

Ontario Ministry of Education
Information on all aspects of education in Ontario, including a useful How Can I Help? page. For links to curriculum documents and exemplars of student work, please see their Curriculum page.

Child Safety on the Information Highway
By taking responsibility for children’s online computer use, parents can greatly minimize the potential risks of being online.

Canadian Toy Testing Council
The Canadian Toy Testing Council (CTTC) is a non-profit, voluntary, registered charitable organization, working for parents since 1952. Their job is to test toys and to help you make good toy purchases!

Children’s Products – Consumer Product Safety
Advisories, Warnings & Recalls · Children’s Products … awareness of potential risks of injury through our product safety advisories, warnings and recalls.