Education: Early Childhood
American Indians in Children's Literature Blog
Debbie Reese (Nambe Pueblo) provides a critical thoughts on children's and young adult literature by and about American Indians through this blog, which is an outstanding resource for librarians, teachers, and others to expand their own critical thinking, analaysis, and evaluation skills.
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.
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.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
"The nation's largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade." NAEYC publishes the journal Young Children. Their web site offers resources for early childhood care providers as well as parents and families.
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.
Office of Child Care Technical Assistance Network (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
This agency acts as a national clearinghouse and technical assistance center that links parents, providers, policy-makers, researchers, and the public to early care and education information.
Don't let the chaotic appearance of this site keep you from spending a little time exploring its many thematic booklists (great for storytimes or classroom units) and recommended reads for children. Former teacher Esme Raji Codell also instituted the Chapman Awards for Best Classroom Read-Aloud, and features this on her site as well.
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.
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 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.
A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance offers lesson plans, bibliographies and other curriculum materials for teaching respect for and appreciation of diversity. It also offers resources for parents, teens, and children. Use the site's "search" feature to locate specific types of materials.
University of Iowa Curriculum Resources Library
The site of the Curriculum Resources Library of the College of Education at the University of Iowa includes thematic bibliographies on a wide range of topics drawn from books in its collection. The site also highlights new materials in the collection, from trade books published for children and teens to teacher resources.
Wisconsin Association for the Education of Young Children (WAEC)
The statewide affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children is a resource and advocacy organization for early childhood care providers throughout Wisconsin. Sponsors an annual conference amoung other professional development opportunities.
Wisconsin Child Care Information Center
The Wisconsin CCIC is a "mail-order lending library and information center serving anyone in Wisconsin working in the field of child care and early childhood education. CCIC provides free information services, library services, and adult learning services to help Wisconsin child care professionals give the best possible start to Wisconsin's children."