Reading ResourcesClick on a link (in blue) to see the resource.Colorín Colorado
is designed for parents and teachers who are helping Spanish-speaking children learn to read in English. Find activities to help children learn about sounds, letters, and words. Use tips and materials to help children develop skills in reading. (Available in English and Spanish.)
Children's Literature: Digitized Print Materials
provides 50 digitized texts of rare books: The Arabian Nights, A Child's Garden of Verses, Ballad of the Lost Hare, A Christmas Carol, Humpty Dumpty, The Grasshopper Stories, Mother Goose Finger Plays, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, The Rocket Book, The Secret Garden, Stories from Hans Andersen, The Three Bears, Three Little Pigs, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and others. (Library of Congress)
is designed to help families and children explore the world of books. It features an annotated list of 1,000 children's books that can be browsed by age group, author, or category (e.g., popular, classic, award winning). Children can post reviews of their favorite books and read reviews by others.
Reading Rockets: Launching Young Readers
features easy-to-do parent tips, video clips and transcripts from interviews with some of the nation's foremost reading experts, motivational e-cards that grandparents and teachers can send to children, a forum for sharing suggestions, booklists, and answers to key questions. This website, which accompanies the PBS "Reading Rockets" television series.
National Reading Panel
includes two key publications from the panel: "Put Reading First: Helping Your Child Learn to Read" and "Put Reading First: The Research Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read." Both examine what can be done to help every child acquire the five building blocks for reading success: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension.
National Institute for Literacy
provides information about research, practices, and policies aimed to improve reading instruction for children, youth, and adults.
The Big Read
encourages communities to read and discuss novels. Teacher guides, discussion questions, and other information are provided for Fahrenheit 451, My Ántonia, The Great Gatsby, The Maltese Falcon, A Farewell to Arms, Their Eyes Were Watching God, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Grapes of Wrath, The Joy Luck Club, The Age of Innocence, and Bless Me, Ultima.