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  • Great Books for Kids: Our 2016 Gift Guide
    Share the joy of reading! Dozens of recommended books for kids 0-12
  • What's Cooking?
    Fiction and nonfiction books, activities, and educational apps all about food and cooking
  •  Our interview with Grace Lin
    "Books erase bias ... a book makes all cultures universal."
  • Literacy in the Sciences
    Simple activities that build literacy and science inquiry skills
  • Adventures in Learning
    Themed books and activities that inspire reading, writing, and conversations with kids
  • Looking at Writing
    Writing samples from real kids PreK to grade 3, plus teaching tips
  •  Target the Problem!
    Understanding a child's reading problems — and practical ways to help
  • Everyday Conversations
    Activities to encourage speech & language development
  • Nonfiction for Kids
    Great kids' books, tips on reading nonfiction text and more

Fighting for Your Child

Jennifer Simpson is a mother on a mission. She knows exactly where her daughter Emiliann should be as a reader — and that she's falling behind.

Launching Young Readers Series

Launching Young Readers Series

Our PBS series explores reading and writing development in young children. The programs feature top reading experts, best practices in the classroom, support for struggling learners and how parents can help their kids succeed.

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"Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!" — A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943