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  • Our 2015 Big Summer Booklist
    Our favorite fiction and nonfiction for a summer full of stories
  • Heroes in Action!
    Explore what it means to be a hero with our newest Reading Adventure Pack
  • Summer Science
    Books and hands-on activities for curious kids
  • Summer Writing
    Nature journals, a poetree, recipes and more fun ideas to exercise writing muscles
  • Reading and Learning All Summer Long
    Our "beach bag" of reading and hands-on activities for families. Dive in!
  • Wow! Oceans!
    Celebrate World Ocean Day with books and hands-on activities
  •  Adventures in Summer Learning
    How families and educators in DC, Detroit and Boston are stopping the "summer slide"
  • Listen Up! Audio Books for Summer
    Dozens of our favorite audio books, perfect for car trips and hot, lazy days
  • Literacy in Your Pocket
    Great summertime ideas for reading, writing and hands-on fun
  • Everyday Conversations
    Activities to encourage speech & language development
  •  Target the Problem!
    Understanding a child's reading problems — and practical ways to help

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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Dr. Joanne Meier
Dr. Joanne Meier
February 14, 2014
Maria Salvadore
Maria Salvadore
Start with a Book: Read. Talk. Explore.
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