Parents, Caregivers, & Teachers

The Youth Services staff isn’t there just to help children.  We’re here to help parents and caregivers too!

Rhymes and Songs

Rhymes and songs are great for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers because they provide a wonderful way for caregiver and their children to bond.  The rhythm also lets children better hear and appreciate the words, which will help babies learn to speak and help older children learn to read.

Click here to see a few of our favorite rhymes and songs.  We hope that some of these will become your favorites too.

Classroom Collections

Teachers, daycare providers, and other professionals who work with children often come to the library looking for several books to use with their students.  To make it easier for library staff to help you get the materials that you need, please complete and submit this form in advance when making these types of requests.  Completing this form really does help us to help you!

Click here to find the Classroom Collections request form.

Please remember:

  • This form can be completed electronically, saved, and then e-mailed to the Youth Services staff at  Or, print the form and submit it in person at the Children’s Desk.
  • Teachers are responsible for all materials checked out on their library cards.
  • Please keep your receipts and pay attention to the due date.
  • Please allow up to five days for library staff to complete your request.
  • Don’t forget, teachers from schools in the Pewaukee School District can register for special library cards at the Circulation desk. Other educators may use their own library cards.

Resources for Bilingual Parenting

Are multiple languages spoken in your home? Are you hoping to raise a bilingual child?  Click here to find a few resources that may be useful to you.

Resources for Multicultural and Diverse Reading

Books can be mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors for children as they look to learn more about themselves and the world around them.  Click here to find links to a few resources that can help kids find these windows.

Web Resources for Parents and Caregivers

Carissa’s App Picks for Kids

There’s an app for everything these days.  But how to you know which apps are the best ones to use with your children?  One of the librarians at the Madison Public Library has created a wonderful, searchable list of apps that she recommends, and we love her choices too.  Search by age, operating system, and/or subject.

Common Sense Media

Wondering if a movie is appropriate for your child?  Looking for recommendations of good educational apps for your preschooler?  Check out the great information at Common Sense Media!

Helping Our Students Succeed in Mathematics

If you’ve ever wondered why your child’s math homework looks so different than the work you did when you were a kid, be sure to check this out.  This page from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction explains why math is being taught differently and addresses a few misconceptions that a lot of people have about “new math.”

Reading Rockets

An amazing resource about reading – how kids learn to read, ways to help, and more.  This site is provided by the people at PBS and is worth checking out!

Start with a Book

Another great site by the creators of Reading Rockets, “Start With a Book” focuses more on science and helps parents to help their children explore the world around them.

Scholastic Book Wizard

Does your child need help finding a book at a particular reading level?  The Scholastic Book Wizard is a great tool to help you with this daunting task.  Reading levels are given for a variety of different leveling systems, including Guided Reading (used by the Pewaukee Public Schools), Lexile, and more.


This website has information especially for parents with children who are dealing with learning and attention issues.  This website is developed by 15 different not-for-profit groups (including Reading Rockets) and has a goal of helping parents to empower their children.