Reading Rockets: Launching Young Readers
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Reading Rockets: Launching Young Readers
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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
A daily updated website containing information for parents and educators on teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle.

PBS Parents
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
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.

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Reading initiatives

America Reads
A national campaign that aims for all children to learn to read by grade 3.

PBS Ready To Learn
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
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
Reading resources for parents and teachers from the National Education Association.

Reading Is Fundamental
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)
Includes the report of the National Reading Panel on Teaching Children to Read as well as other reading research.

No Child Left Behind
The official website for the new education bill that President Bush signed into law in January 2002.

US Department of Education
Includes a list of resources on reading and language arts from the US Department of Education.

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Parents and families

LD OnLine for Parents

National Center for Family Literacy
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
Dedicated to developing effective family and school partnerships to support learning.

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

National Parent Teacher Association

PBS Parents

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Children’s book recommendations

Association for Library Services to Children
Includes lists of winners of the Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal, and Notable Children's Books.

The Children’s Literature Web Guide
Internet resources related to books for children and young adults.

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

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

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Fun stuff

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

National Geographic Kids

Discovery School’s Puzzlemaker
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
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
Provides daily summaries and links to news headlines about reading.

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Teaching resources

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

A huge, federally funded, information clearinghouse for education. Includes a section on reading.

Education Planet

Family Education Network

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

North Central Regional Educational Laboratory

PBS Teachers

Put Reading First: The Research Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read
A teacher’s guide that summarizes what researchers have discovered about how to successfully teach children to read.

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

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National Mentoring Center

National Mentoring Partnership

Tutoring Our Youngest Readers
A guide for tutors on developing reading skills in youngsters, developed by LEARNS.

An award-winning website that matches volunteers with local opportunities to tutor or provide other services.

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Early childhood education

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

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

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Learning disabilities

American Speech-Language Hearing Association

International Dyslexia Association

LD Online
The leading website on learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and other professionals.

Learning Disabilities Association of America

Misunderstood Minds
A companion site to the PBS special on learning disabilities and differences.

National Center for Learning Disabilities

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities

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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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