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We’ve gathered together some of the resources we’ve found helpful in helping kids learn to read. Choose from among the following categories or just scroll down to see the complete list below:


Suggested first steps

Reading Rockets
www.readingrockets.org
A daily updated Web site containing information for parents and educators on teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle.

Reading Rockets: Launching Young Readers
www.pbs.org/launchingreaders
A site accompanying the television series Launching Young Readers. Chock-full of information and extras drawn from the interviews conducted in the making of the series. You'll also find parent tips by grade level and e-cards that feature drawings by top children's book authors and illustrators.

PBS Parents
www.pbs.org/parents/issuesadvice/reading_language.html
A new site dedicated to helping parents and caregivers raise children who are ready to learn.

Put Reading First: Helping Your Child Learn to Read
www.nifl.gov/partnershipforreading/publications/reading_first2.html
A parent guide for parents of children in preschool through grade 3. Published by The Partnership for Reading, a collaborative effort of the National Institute for Literacy, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the US Department of Education.

Share a Story
http://pbskids.org/shareastory
A national literacy campaign designed to inspire adults to help millions of children develop language and literacy skills through daily activities, including book reading, drawing, storytelling, rhyming, and singing.

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Reading initiatives

PBS Ready To Learn
www.pbskids.org/readytolearn
Public broadcasting’s on-going effort to ensure that children will begin school ready to learn through high-quality children’s programming and community outreach.

Reach Out and Read
www.reachoutandread.org
A national program that works with pediatricians to encourage parents to read aloud to their young children and to give books to their patients to take home at all pediatric check-ups from six months to five years of age.

Read Across America
www.nea.org/readacross
Reading resources for parents and teachers from the National Education Association.

Reading Is Fundamental
www.rif.org
Develops and delivers children’s and family literacy programs that help prepare young children for reading and motivate school-age children to read.

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Federal programs

National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
www.nichd.nih.gov
Includes the report of the National Reading Panel on Teaching Children to Read as well as other reading research.

No Child Left Behind
www.nochildleftbehind.gov
The official Web site for the new education bill that President Bush signed into law in January 2002.

US Department of Education
www.ed.gov/index.jsp
Includes a list of resources on reading and language arts from the US Department of Education.

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Parents and families

National Center for Family Literacy
www.famlit.org
Focuses on parents and children learning together. Includes a national directory of where to find family literacy programs.

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education
www.ncpie.org
Dedicated to developing effective family and school partnerships to support learning.

National Even Start Association
www.evenstart.org
Supports the approximately 800 federally funded Even Start Family Literacy programs across the country.

National Parent Teacher Association
www.pta.org

PBS Parents
www.pbs.org/parents

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Children’s book recommendations

Association for Library Services to Children
www.ala.org/alsc/awards.html
Includes lists of winners of the Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal, and Notable Children's Books.

The Children’s Literature Web Guide
www.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown
Internet resources related to books for children and young adults.

Choices Booklists
www.reading.org/choices
The International Reading Association’s annual list of the favorite books of children, teachers, and young adults.

Reading Rockets
www.readingrockets.org
Includes monthly theme-based recommended books for ages 0-9.

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Fun stuff

PBS Kids
www.pbskids.org
Activities and fun for kids based on popular PBS Kids shows.

National Geographic Book Club for Kids
www.nationalgeographic.com/bookclub

Discovery School’s Puzzlemaker
www.puzzlemaker.com
Create and print customized word search and crossword puzzles using your word lists. Great for vocabulary word review and spelling test preparation.

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Education news

EducationNews.org
www.educationnews.org
Updated daily, this site provides summaries and links to the top news articles and commentaries on education, from newspapers across the country and the world.

Reading Rockets
www.readingrockets.org/headlines.php
Provides daily summaries and links to news headlines about reading.

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Teaching resources

Between the Lions
www.pbskids.org/lions
Parent and teacher resources that support PBS’s reading kids show, Between the Lions, including a weekly newsletter.

Ask ERIC
http://ericir.syr.edu
A huge, federally funded, information clearinghouse for education. Includes a section on reading.

Education Planet
www.educationplanet.com

Family Education Network
www.fen.com

International Reading Association
www.reading.org
Articles and resources from this large association of reading specialists, teachers, and researchers.

North Central Regional Educational Laboratory
www.ncrel.org

PBS TeacherSource
www.pbs.org/teachersource/arts_lit/preschool_reading.shtm

Put Reading First: The Research Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read
www.nifl.gov/partnershipforreading/publications/reading_first1.html
A teacher’s guide that summarizes what researchers have discovered about how to successfully teach children to read.

Reading Pathfinder
www.readingpath.org
Answers to reading-related questions of parents and educators.

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Tutoring

National Mentoring Center
www.nwrel.org/mentoring

National Mentoring Partnership
www.mentoring.org

Tutoring Our Youngest Readers
www.nwrel.org/learns/feature/index.html
A guide for tutors on developing reading skills in youngsters, developed by LEARNS.

VolunteerMatch
www.volunteermatch.org
An award-winning Web site that matches volunteers with local opportunities to tutor or provide other services.

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Early childhood education

National Head Start Association
www.nhsa.org
Supports Head Start services for poor children ages 0 through 5, and their families.

Zero to Three
www.zerotothree.org
A national nonprofit that promotes the healthy development of babies and toddlers.

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Learning disabilities

LD OnLine
www.ldonline.org
The leading Web site on learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and other professionals.

American Speech-Language Hearing Association
www.asha.org

International Dyslexia Association
www.interdys.org

Learning Disabilities Association of America
www.ldaamerica.org

Misunderstood Minds
www.pbs.org/wgbh/misunderstoodminds
A companion site to the PBS special on learning disabilities and differences.

National Center for Latinos with Disabilities
http://homepage.interaccess.com/~ncld

National Center for Learning Disabilities
www.ncld.org

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
www.nichcy.org

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Books to help you learn more

  • Off Track: When Poor Readers Become "Learning Disabled," Louise Spear-Swerling
  • Phonics from A to Z by Wiley Blevins, 1998.
  • Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children by Catherine E. Snow, M. Susan Burns, and Peg Griffin, 1998.
  • The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease, 2001.
  • Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers by Louisa Moats, 2000.
  • Starting Out Right: A Guide to Promoting Children’s Reading Success by the National Research Council, 1999.
  • Straight Talk About Reading by Susan Hall and Louisa Moats, 1998.
  • Teaching Reading Sourcebook for Kindergarten Through Eighth Grade by B. Honig, L. Diamond, and L. Gutlohn (2000)
  • You Make the Difference: In Helping Your Child Learn by Ayala Manolson with Bob Ward and Nancy Doddington, 1995.
  • What Really Matters for Struggling Readers, Richard Allington, 2000.

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