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Kids’ Online Resources for Young Scientists

Here is a list of our favorite Denver Public Library online science resources and science databases for future scientists. Need more suggestions? Fill out a customized book list and we will send back book suggestions tailored just for you! Need help with a homework assignment? Try our customized research guide, and a librarian will send you a list of research tools. 


Bookflix pairs a nonfiction eBook with an animated fiction story to introduce kids to the world of knowledge and exploration. You can also follow along with both texts as the narrator reads aloud.

Book pairings to start:

Come On, Rain! and Rainy Weather Days

You're in: Me. . . Jane and Jane Goodall: Champion for Chimpanzees

How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? and Is It A Dinosaur?

Kanopy for Kids

Kanopy for Kids is a new streaming service that you can access with a library card. You can access children's feature films and television series with an educational component. Available only to Denver residents with a library card.

Science-related TV series to start:



The Nature of Living Things

Explora for Kids

Explora for Kids is a research database designed for students and educators. Go here to look up articles and facts for research papers, class projects or homework that was designed for students and educators. All complete articles are assigned reading-level indicators (Lexiles®), and many articles are available in color PDF. You’ll also find easy-to-read encyclopedia entries written specifically for kids and more than one million images of photos, maps and flags!

Topics to get you started:



Hubble Space Telescope

Primary Search

Primary Search is a full-text database providing popular children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedia entries and a vast image collection. Students can learn about a variety of topics, including endangered species, famous musicians, fitness and space exploration.

Try searching by publication. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

National Geographic Kids and National Geographic Little Kids


Science World - designed for educators. Many articles include lesson plans.

Science Reference Center

Designed to meet every student researcher's needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, reference books and a large collection of images.

Search suggestions to get started:


Dinosaurs and Ancient Life

Sunrises & Sunsets