A child's success as a reader begins much earlier than the first day of school. Reading, and a love for
reading, begins at home.
We know how busy parents are! That's why we've put together five sets of tips that offer easy ways for parents to help
kids become successful readers. To see the tips, just click on one of the photos below.
Or take a look at our one-page handouts, which contain
shortened versions of the tips.
(You'll need the free Acrobat Reader available at www.adobe.com to view and print this PDF file). You
are welcome to photocopy the handouts and pass them out if you wish. Or click here to send a friend an
e-mail version of any of the tips.
We've divided the tips into five sets, but many of them can be used with children of any age.
We encourage you to read all of the tips and choose the ones that work best for your child.
This section of the Reading Rockets: Launching Young Readers website is called "Parent Tips," but the tips
are actually for anyone who cares about kids – grandparents, aunts, uncles, caregivers, neighbors,
and friends. So print out the tips and hang them on your refrigerator. Try a new one each week. Or even pass them along to your
child's teacher to give to other parents.
It may surprise you how easy some of these are to do. Especially with young children, the main goal is
to develop a lifelong love of learning, reading, and books. You could think of
your home as a launch pad for young readers and these tips as the fuel to send them off into a bright future!
The Reading Rockets Team
We gratefully acknowledge Dr. Louise Spear-Swerling of Southern Connecticut State University for providing
the original text for these tips.
Reading and literacy are important issues for public television. More information about reading is available at the new
PBS Parents website. Or check the main
Reading Rockets website at www.readingrockets.org.