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Sites for Parents and Caregivers

Raising Kids to be great readers can be a challenge!

 

Here are sites we suggest that can help you improve your child's reading, encourage exploration and lifelong learning, and overcome challenges they may face on the way.

 

ALA Great Sites for parents, caregivers and teachers (from the American Library Association)

 

American Association of School Librarians Page for Parents has tips and tools for parents to help them ensure their child's school library media center measures up.

 

Get Ready to Read! - this site helps parents or caregivers of 4-year-old children know if the child has weak, intermediate, or strong pre-reading skills. The larger site also has many helpful guides, games, and advice for parents and educators of all ages of children.

 

0 – 3 National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families offers an assortment of tips and research results on how children in this age range grow and learn. There is a special section for parents that includes age-based handouts about language, thinking, self-control, self-esteem, and other developments.

 

Read Kiddo Read Author James Patterson’s award-winning website offers book titles by ages and for specific groups (boys, reluctant readers, etc.), reading tips, and author interviews to help parents promote lifelong reading to their children.

 

Safekids.com is one of the oldest and most enduring child safety websites online. The author is also a technology journalist.

 

Slimekids.com is run by a Library Media Specialist, Andy Fine. His site focuses on getting kids interested in reading and books. Book trailers, word games, and links to other reading sites are his focus.

 

SmartbabiesWaco.com - Welcome to Waco’s Early Childhood Resources website! This website will allow you to have at your finger tips both Waco resources for mothers of children 0-3 years old as well as research based information about caring for yourself and your little ones. Have fun exploring!

 

About.com Children's Books Tips, videos, and books on how to make reading to young children fun. Short videos give advice on creating a reading environment in your home, why reading to young children is important, and ways to make this sharing experience enjoyable for the whole family.

 

Braille Bug was created to teach sighted children about braille, and to encourage literacy among all children - sighted and visually impaired - in a fun environment packed with games, graphics, and activities.

 

Colorin Colorado is a bilingual site for families and educators of English language learners.

 

The Idea Box Holiday and seasonal activities, including crafts, games, music, and recipes for early childhood education.

 

Parent’s Choice Reading page contains articles about promoting reading, booklists and tips, and reviews about children’s books, media, websites, music, toys, and booklists. They have been reviewing materials and bestowing “Parent’s Choice” awards for over 25 years.
 

READING ROCKETS is a national multimedia project offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. Information includes tips on reading to various ages, the pre-reading skills needed before your child reaches kindergarten, the ABCs of Reading, and other strategies and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better. ColorinColorado is a sister site.

 

Reading Is Fundamental has several pages of activities for children and parents, including Leading to Reading – Bilingual for ages 0-5, Reading Planet for ages 6 – 15, Leamos en Familia for ages 6 – 15, and monthly activity calendars. There are also tips for reading aloud, creating a personal library, motivating kids to read, encouraging struggling readers, and choosing age-appropriate books.
 

How To Create a Personal Library (pdf) This pdf from RIF explains how and why creating a library in your home is so important to your child's reading future.

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