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Learning To Read

Childhood and Family Literacy

web Between the Lions
Get Wild About Reading! with PBS Kids.

web Developmental Milestones of Early Literacy
A useful chart that shows the stages of early literacy and includes tips for parents to encourage the love of reading in young children. The chart is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

web Dialogic Reading
A method of asking questions about the books you read to (or with) your child.

web Dialogic Reading (Videos)
More information about dialogic reading.

web Dolch Sight Words Printables and Worksheets
The Dolch Word List is a set of commonly-used English words that people must need to recognize in order to read well.

web Family Literacy Calendar
Suggestions for family activities throughout the year.

web Get Ready to Read!
Resources to prepare your preschooler for learning to read. Has sections for parents and for educators.

web Getting Your Child to Love Reading
From the site: "Kids will learn reading skills in school, but often they come to associate reading with work, not pleasure. As a result, they lose their desire to read. And it is that desire - the curiosity and interest - that is the cornerstone to using reading and related skills successfully."

web Learn to Read with Phonics - Starfall
A free public service to teach children to read with phonics.

web Monthly Activity Calendars - Reading is Fundamental
Suggested reading and writing activities for each month of the year.

web Parent & Afterschool Resources - ReadWriteThink
From the site: "Looking for engaging ways to introduce your child to reading or to encourage your teen to write? Need some age-appropriate book suggestions or rainy day activities? The materials here are your answer - all of them created by experts to be fun, educational, and easy to use outside of school."

web Parent-Child Literacy Activities
A helpful list of suggested parent-child literacy activities from Washington Learning Systems and the US Department of Education.

web Reading Games

web Reading is Fundamental - Reading Planet
This site offers information about books and other fun stuff to do with children to encourage them to read.

web Reading Rockets - Launching Young Readers
Information on teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle.

web Ready-Set-Read for Families

web Scholastic for Parents
Encouraging a love of learning and reading.

web StoryPlace
A "Virtual" library for kids from the Charlotte & Mecklenburg County Library in Charlotte, NC. StoryPlace is an interactive web site consisting of web spaces for kids centering around learning.

web Supporting Early Literacy in Natural Environments
Free activity pack downloads for preschoolers in both English and Spanish.

web The Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy
The Ferst Foundation has a site that offers advice on how parents and educators can help their children learn to read and provides services throughout Georgia.

web The Literacy Center
The Literacy Center aims to provide safe learning activities for parents and teachers to share with young children. It follows a modified Montessori approach to teaching reading using online lessons supported by appropriate offline instruction, either at home or in school. The site can be viewed in English, Spanish, German, and French. The Parents & Teachers section helps to explain the various exercises for children to help them learn shapes, symbols, numbers and more.

web The World of Jan Brett
Popular childrens' book author Jan Brett's website, with thousands of printable coloring pages, activities, and "How to Draw" videos.

Literacy for Bilingual Children

web A Second Language Gives Toddlers an Edge
An article from Science Daily showing that exposing children to more than one language at a very young age gives them a stronger ability to focus their attention.

range Bilingual Library Books
The library has many children's books that have the text in both English and Spanish that are designed for bilingual children and their families. Please ask the library staff for assistance locating these books.

web Families Read Together in Spanish / Leamos en Familia
Reading activities for families in Spanish.

web Leading to Reading / Semillitas de Aprendizaje
Reading games for preschoolers in Spanish.

web Monthly Activity Calendars - Reading is Fundamental
Suggestions for reading and writing activities for each month. In English and Spanish.

web On The Go Literacy Activities
Literacy activities in Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, and Burmese.

web On-the-Go Resources
Suggested literacy activities available in English, Spanish, Somali, Russian, Vietnamese, Mandarin, and Burmese. The resource downloads are free, but you must register in order to download them.

web Songs for Teaching English as a Second Language

web Spanish Family Literacy Activities
Bilingual (English and Spanish) site with information for parents and families about improving reading skills.

Recommended Reading

web BookHive
"A web site designed for children ages birth through twelve, their parents, teachers or anyone interested in reading about children's books. Providing reader's advisory service, this site contains hundreds of recommended book reviews in a variety of reading levels and interest areas." The reviews found in Bookhive are written by the staff of the Public Library of Charlotte-Mecklenburg County.

web Books by African-American Authors

Young_Children.pdf Books Recommended by the Black Caucus for Young Children
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web Children's Library Book Lists - Bank Street College

web Guys Read
Recommended books for boys.

book Kids Books

book Teen / Young Adult Books

web What's New? Reviews of new children's books
Book reviews by Jim Trelease of The Read-Aloud Handbook.

Online Books

db Sesame Street Ebooks
Online, animated books featuring your favorite Sesame Street characters!

db TumbleBooks
Animated talking books for kids, plus book-related games and puzzles!

Reading Aloud

web Fun and Effective Ways to Read With Children
Tips are split up into age groups and also available in Spanish.

web Hints for Reading Out Loud
Simple tips for choosing a book and reading it out loud from Madame Esme.

QuestionsToAsk.pdf Questions to Ask While Reading Aloud
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web Read Aloud to Children - Helpful Hints
Useful guidance on reading to children for parents or professional storytellers.

Children who are read to by parents get a head start on language and literacy skills and go to school better prepared.

web Reading Aloud - Reading Is Fundamental
From the site: "Articles in this section provide some surprising facts about reading aloud and offer some great tips for a reading session, including cuddling with your kids (and their favorite blankets and stuffed animals), and embarking on new and enduring reading adventurestogether. "

web Reading Aloud: Tips for Parents and Teachers

web Ten Read-Aloud Commandments
A fun and simple approach to thinking about reading to your children.

web The Importance of Reading Aloud
Why reading aloud to your child can develop a foundation for fantastic literacy skills and foster a love for literature.

web The Importance of Rreading Aloud - Teachers.Net

WhyReadAloud.pdf Why Read Aloud with Children?
Handout on the benefits of reading aloud with children.
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Overcoming Reading Difficulties

web "Hello Friend" Ennis William Cosby Foundation
Resources for parents to use in dealing with a child with learning differences.


other ESCORT
ESCORT is a national resource center dedicated to improving educational opportunities for all students, with expertise in serving highly mobile and at-risk populations. Specifically, children of migrant farmworkers, English learners, homeless students, and struggling readers.

other International Reading Assocation
A non-profit, global network of more than 70,000 individuals and institutions committed to worldwide literacy.

other National Association for Bilingual Education
NABE is a national professional organization with more than 5,000 members (bilingual and ESL teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, researchers, policymakers, etc.) dedicated to supporting the education of English learners.

other National Center for Family Literacy

other National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition
The NCELA is an organization and resource for discovering a broad range of research materials in support of an inclusive approach to high quality education for English-language learners.

other National Council of Teachers for English
A professional association of educators in English Studies, Literacy, and Language Arts.

other Office of English Language Acquisition
The mission of the Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students (OELA) is to: a) Provide national leadership to help ensure that English language learners and immigrant students attain English proficiency and achieve academically and, b) Assist in building the nation's capacity in critical foreign languages.

other TESOL
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages - a professional organization.

other The Children's Book Council
National trade association for children's trade book publishers.

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