Literacy Programs, Resources and Advocacy
This site provides information and resources to parents and educators of struggling readers. In addition to research articles, classroom strategies, tips for parents, and other information, there is a comprehensive Books section that includes thematic reading lists and interviews with authors for young adults.
Children's Literacy Initiative
CLI provides training programs for teachers in pre-K through grade 3 on how to foster reading readiness and literacy. Their research-based methods integrate children's literature and promote reading aloud as part of the program.
Embracing the Child
is a nonprofit working to develop libraries for homeless and domestic abuse shelters and other havens for children and families in crisis. Their web site includes original interviews with featured authors of the month, thematic and age-based booklists, and much more.
Grow Up Reading
This terrific site developed by the West Bloomfield Township Public Library in West Bloomfield, Michigan, offers parents, early care providers and others a quick and easy guide to brain development and emergent literacy for children from birth through second grade. For each age, there is also a host of suggested activities to support literacy, tips for sharing books, and a bibliography of suggested titles to get things started.
Growing Wisconsin Readers
Tips for parents and other adult caregivers for sharing books with young children.
National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance
NCBLA is a non-profit organization that works toward making "issues related to young people's literacy, literature and libraries an ongoing priority on our national agenda." The NCBLA has resources for parents and guardians, teacher, librarians, mentors and others, all aimed at fostering awareness of the importance of reading, literature, libraries and literacy efforts. Their efforts include promotion of children's and teens' right to read. Their web site includes speeches and interviews with chidren's and young adult book creators, many links, an activists alerts and many literacy-related resources.
If you don't know or haven't thought about your public library as your first source for books, literacy resources and reading in your community, consider this your reminder. You can search for your public library on the web on your own own, or locate it through this site.
Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read trains pediatric doctors and nurses to advise parents on the importance of books and reading aloud to young children. It also provides start-up money and book selection guidance so that clinics that become offical ROR sites can distribute a book to every child at their check-ups.
Read Aloud America
This program to promote reading aloud at home is based in Hawaii but still has some great resources, including book recommendations and tips for parents, that anyone can use.
Read On Wisconsin!
Launched in September, 2004, this site is the online book club of Wisconsin First Lady Jessica Doyle. Children and teens are invited to read the featured book each month and log on to share their responses.
Read to Me
The site provides details about this innovative program developed by UW-Madison alum Susan Straub in the New York City public schools to encourage teen mothers to read to their babies. The site includes a step-by-step description of the program, which is adaptable to many kinds of new parents in many types of situations. Don't miss the extremely helpful tips for reading aloud to babies, which are arranged as questions and answers. Ms. Straub has given the CCBC permission to webcast a thirty-minute video that demonstrates her program.
Reading Is Fundamental
The oldest literacy organization in the United States, RIF distributes books and literacy materials to children and families in need of them.
Reading Rockets is a national project designed to disseminate the latest research on how kids learn to read, along with ideas for books and activities to foster reading readiness and reading success, and how to help struggling readers. The lively web site has a wealth of information for families, as well as for educators. The project is a service of WETA, a public television station in Washington, D.C., and includes a PBS series and special, a teleconferencing series for teacher professional development, a mentoring project for first-year teachers, and much more.
Spaghetti Book Club
This literacy inititiave encourages kids to read, and then think and write about books. Anyone can go to their site and read reviews by kids who have participated through their school or any other organization that has joined the Spaghetti Book Club. Only members get the group's curriculum and the ability to post kids' reviews.
A project of Teachers and Families Working Together, TogetheRead promotes family literacy and shared reading experiences, providing suggested books for kids from birth through high school to experience with adults in their lives.
Read-aloud advocate Jim Trelease (author of The Read-Aloud Handbook) doesn't have the easiest site to navigate, but with a little patience you'll locate insightful and inspiring chapters from his book, as well as his essays on a variety of other topics. Click on the "Site Contents" link in lefthand column of the main page for the quickest way to navigate your way around.