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) is 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 a 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) “is 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) is a wonderful 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 is 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, has sought to put books into the hands of preschool children since 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 National Association for the Education of Young Children about early reading skills and suggested activities.
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 is 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 is from the late Ken Goodman whose work is in the area of 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!”
Nerdy Book Club tells about books for children. Bloggers post about reading. This site is for those who love books for children.
Ranger Rick offers free activities during the coronavirus stay-at-home time.
Reading Rainbow There is still a website to wander around in 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 enjoy 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 is 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
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
Learning to Read: The Great Debate by Jean S. Chall
On Reading by Kenneth Goodman
Reading For Profit: How the Bottom Line Leaves Kids Behind Edited by Bess Altwerger
Reading Lessons: The Debate over Literacy by Gerald Coles
Resisting Reading Mandates: How to Triumph with the Truth by Elaine Garan
The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease
Reading the Naked Truth: Literacy, Legislation, and Lies by Gerald Coles
The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research by Stephen D. Krashen
More Story S-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-r-s: Activities to Expand Children’s Favorite Books by Shirley C. Raines and Robert J. Canady
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
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