African Folktales from the Anike Foundation, this site includes stories and myths handed down Folk tales and myths handed down from generation to generation.
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) under the umbrella of the American Library Association and develops leaders in the school library field. AASL works to ensure that all members of the school library field provide leadership, help students with the teaching/learning process, and connect learners with ideas and information. Librarians prepare students for life-long learning, informed decision-making, a love of reading, and the use of information technologies. Students with access to good school libraries do better on tests. The website has sections for parents, administrators, and students.
American Library Association (ALA) chose the motto The best reading, for the largest number, at the least cost. The ALA provides resources to help with adult and early literacy, and English for non-native speakers.
Archie Comics might get reluctant readers reading. Download the app and find out how to order comics.
Carol Hurst’s Children’s Literature Site provides recommended book lists for all curriculum areas. She also suggests professional books and articles for teachers.
Children’s Book Council (CBC) “the national nonprofit trade association of children’s book publishers, dedicated to supporting and informing the industry and fostering literacy.” They care about all children learning to read. This site is a great way to see what’s new in children’s books and they provide titles for a wide range of topics.
Children’s Literature Network (CLN) resource for anyone interested in children’s and teen literature. It is full of useful information for parents, teachers and librarians and those interested in writing for children and teens. It provides descriptions of new books and activities and announces author events. Librarians provide book lists and recommendations.
Decoding Dyslexia a network of parent-led grassroots movements across the country which aims to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families to support their children and inform policy-makers on best practices to identify and support students with dyslexia. They advocate for the following policy goals: A universal definition and understanding of “dyslexia” in the state education code, dyslexia training, early screening, remediation programs. Mandatory early screening tests for dyslexia.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, sought to put books into the hands of preschool children in 1996. Communities that sign on must pay for books and mailing and promote the program. Children are registered and their information entered into a database. The Dollywood Foundation “manages the system to deliver the books to the home.” The program is found in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.
Encyclopedia Mythica includes links to information about mythology, folklore, and religion.
Everyday Steps to Reading and Writing information from the National Association for the Education of Young Children about early reading skills and suggested activities.
Foundation for Learning and Literacy commentary, resources, and research for educators and parents from educational experts from Australia, the U.K. and America, including Dr Brian Cambourne AM. Success stories included.
Holiday House: Books for Young Readers has free downloadable material, including activity resources, to help students better understand the books they’re reading.
Jen Robinson’s Book Page an up-to-date blog surrounding Kid Lit that provides interesting reviews of books children like. She includes new books that are about teaching and instruction.
Jim Trelease’s Home Page claims its goal is to help children “make books into friends, not enemies” and it goes a long way to meet that goal. While Jim retired in 2008 from public speaking, his website is full of book reviews and articles that emphasize good reading for children. And many of his lectures about literacy are accessible on the website.
Ken Goodman’s Morning Post from the late Ken Goodman whose work is in the area of the whole language. He and his wife Yetta have contributed much, not just to reading, but to education and public schools. His blog quote is “Educare: To bring forth and lead out that which is within!”
Kylene Beers Outstanding educator in the area of reading who has many great books and this blog.
Literary Lenses: Focusing on Literacy Work that Matters uses the hashtag #G2Great and is a blog written by reading specialists that seeks dialogue and provides a safe space for discussions that center around celebrating diversity and inclusivity.
Nerdy Book Club tells about books for children. Bloggers post about reading. This site is for those who love books for children.
Radical Eye for Equity a blog by Furman University professor P.L. Thomas. He writes about topics concerning school reform, especially reading and equity issues.
Ranger Rick offers free activities during the coronavirus stay-at-home time.
Reading Rainbow still a website to wander around in an attempt to recapture something of the old program. You can get a free App. And there are some links here to help you with your child’s reading. Perhaps they will bring back the old program.
Russ on Reading covers much fine information about literacy instruction, but he also writes serious posts in support of teachers and public schools. Always on target.
Shel Silverstein enjoys lessons and activities, including downloading coloring books from the author’s funny books. Hook students on poetry. The rhyme is good for reading and fun.
Stephen Krashen Professor emeritus at the University of Southern California. He has published many books and much research in the area of language, reading and second-language acquisition. His website provides a wealth of articles and books covering a wide variety of subjects in literacy and writing. He has been a staunch supporter of “free voluntary reading” for children and he has written widely about his support of libraries.
Talk Story highlights sharing cultures.
Free Voluntary Reading by Stephen D. Krashen
Good to Great Teaching: Focusing on the Literacy Work that Matters by Mary Howard
How to End the Reading War and Serve the Literacy Needs of All Students: A Primer for Parents, Policy Makers, and People Who Care by P.L. Thomas
In Defense of Children: When Politics, Profit, and Education Collide by Elaine M. Garan
In the Middle: A Lifetime of Learning About Writing, Reading, and Adolescents by Nancie Atwell
Learning to Read: The Great Debate by Jean S. Chall
Made for Learning: How the Conditions of Learning Guide Teaching Decisions by Debra Crouch and Brian Cambourne
On Reading by Kenneth Goodman
The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research by Stephen D. Krashen
The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease
Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It by Mr. Kelly Galagher
Reading For Profit: How the Bottom Line Leaves Kids Behind Edited by Bess Altwerger
Reading Lessons: The Debate over Literacy by Gerald Coles
The Reading Strategies Book: Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Readers by Jennifer Serravallo
Resisting Reading Mandates: How to Triumph with the Truth by Elaine Garan
Reading the Naked Truth: Literacy, Legislation, and Lies by Gerald Coles
Stretchers: Activities to Expand Children’s Favorite Books by Shirley C. Raines and Robert J. Canady
Story S-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-r-s® for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos: Experiences, Activities, and Games for Popular Children’s Books by Shirley Raines, Karen Miller, Leah Curry-Rood and Kathy Dobbs
Summer Reading: Closing the Rich/Poor Reading Achievement Gap by Richard L. Allington and Anne McGill-Franzin
Summer Reading: Program and Evidence by Fay H. Shin and Stephen D. Krashen
The Truth About Dibels: What It Is-What It Does by Kenneth S. Goodman
Understanding Texts & Readers: Responsive Comprehension Instruction with Leveled Texts by Jennifer Serravallo
What Really Matters for Struggling Readers: Designing Research-Based Programs by Richard L. Allington
What’s Whole in Whole Language in the 21st Century? by Ken Goodman
The Whole Language Catalog by Kenneth Goodman, Lois Bridges Bird and Yetta Goodman
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