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International Children's Digital Library


The ICDL Foundation promotes tolerance and respect for diverse cultures by providing access to the best of children's literature from around the world.

We invite you to explore our growing library and learn how you can contribute to our efforts.



Storyline Online




For years children and their families have enjoyed attending storytimes, checking out materials and participating in a variety of other programs at the various Charlotte Mecklenburg Library locations. StoryPlace came about to provide children with the virtual experience of going to the Library and participating in the same types of activities the Library offers at its physical locations. First launched in 2000, StoryPlace has been newly redesigned to present favorite stories and activities in a format compatible with desktop and mobile devices. The site also now includes early literacy information for parents and caregivers.

Unite for Literacy Library

Unite for Literacy library

Unite for Literacy provides free digital access to picture books, narrated in many languages. Literacy is at the core of a healthy community, so we unite with partners to enable all families to read with their young children.

Growing Book by Book - Nurturing Our Youngest Readers

Jodie Rodriguez provides a guide of book lists, reading tips, writing ideas and other great literacy ideas for nurturing our youngest readers. You will also find family literacy projects!

ASL Stories Directory

ASL Stories Directory - American Society for Deaf Children

Find your child's favorite books in our ASL Stories Directory! Get links to hundreds of free videos of sign language stories your child will love!

The Power of Storytelling in Early Childhood: Helping Children Process the Coronavirus Crisis

Storytelling is how families, cultures, and communities share information, values, emotions, hopes, and beliefs. Under usual circumstances, telling stories, reading aloud compelling children’s literature, and planning opportunities for children to create and share their own stories are things teachers do daily. But as schools remain closed to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, these are not usual circumstances. Here are three ways the power of storytelling in early childhood is helping young children during this pandemic.

This includes a video of a 7 year old reading a book he made about CoVid 19.