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  • Great Books for Kids: Our 2017 Gift Guide
    Share the joy of reading! Dozens of recommended books for kids 0-12
  • 7 Things to Know About Learning and Attention Issues
    How to help the 1 in 5 succeed in school and life
  •  What do boys like to read?
    Listen in to this lively conversation with Jon Scieszka, Gene Luen Yang, Jarrett Krosoczka, Jack Gantos and Jeff Kinney
  • Journals and Field Notes for Young Scientists
    Science explorations give kids a chance to record all kinds of observations
  • Start with a Book: Read. Talk. Explore.
    Themed books and activities to inspire active learning all year long
  • Match Young Readers with Books They Will Love!
    Create custom booklists from our library of 5,000+ books
  • Looking at Writing
    Writing samples from real kids PreK to grade 3, plus teaching tips
  • Choosing and Using Kids' Books
    Tips on finding great books and using them at home and in the classroom
  • Reading Tips for Parents in 11 Languages
    How to help your kids (babies to grade 3) build their literacy skills!
  • Literacy in the Sciences
    Simple activities that build literacy and science inquiry skills
  •  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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Maria Salvadore
December 12, 2017
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"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark." — Victor Hugo, Les Miserables