Parent & Caregiver Resources

The Newbury Town Library maintains an extensive collection of parenting books in the adult non-fiction area, but also within the children’s area. Topics covered range from general parenting, autism, loss, disabilities, divorce and more, and our staff is more than happy to assist you in finding these materials.

There are many great online resources for parents. Below are a few. If there is a site you really like, let us know and we might be able to share it with everyone in this section.


American Academy of Pediatrics Lists of children’s books sorted by topic & reading level, compiled by teachers for teachers


Common Sense Media: An independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, Common Sense Media gives you the scoop, by way of child and adult ratings and detailed descriptions, on movies, books, games, websites and more so you can decide what’s right for your child.


FBI Kids: Cyber Safety for Young Americans

NetSmartz Workshop: resources to help parents keep their child safe on the internet


Recall information from the CPSC


Wacky books for reluctant readers: Contains a list with links of wacky books to engage children reluctant to read.


Helping Your Child Become a Reader: An online pamphlet published by the U.S. Department of Education. Contains activities, tips for working with the schools, and other valuable information.


Online Homeschools ConsumerAffairs: Find the Best Online Homeschools. It features verified consumer reviews and is available as a resource for students and families interested in online programs for homeschooling to help guide the learning process, streamline curricula, provide individual feedback and allow students to learn at their own pace.


Massachusetts Child Care: For information about choosing and paying for child care, early intervention, and child support.


Massachusetts Home Learning Association: The Massachusetts Home Learning Association is an advocacy and education organization, which endorses home learning as an alternative to public or private schooling. MHLA informs and educates families, school officials, the media, elected officers, policymakers and other constituencies about the benefits, societal impacts and unique educational methods of homeschoolers.


Reach Out and Read: A national, non-profit organization that promotes early literacy.