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  •  Cece Bell's Superpowers!
    Meet the author and illustrator of El Deafo and other delightful books
  • Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage
    Discover rich cultures, humor and traditions in these beautifully-told stories
  • Numbers and Measuring
    Fiction and nonfiction books, hands-on activities, apps and kid-friendly websites
  •  Our interview with Grace Lin
    "Books erase bias ... a book makes all cultures universal."
  • Nonfiction Read-Alouds
    Teacher-tested strategies for choosing and using informational texts in the classroom
  • Nonfiction for Kids
    Great kids' books, tips on reading nonfiction text and more
  • Literacy in the Sciences
    Simple activities that build literacy and science inquiry skills
  • Reading Adventure Packs for Families
    Robots, stars, flight, dinosaurs, oceans, bees, building, music and more!
  • What a Story!
    Hints on how to read aloud to a group

Librarians and the Common Core

Public and school librarians have a critical role in the Common Core classroom: sharing their expert knowledge of quality nonfiction books for kids, how to find primary sources, and information and media literacy.

Children's books and authors

Nonfiction for Kids

Nonfiction for Kids

Watch your favorite writers talk about how they research and write their nonfiction books for children. You'll also find tip sheets for parents on how to read nonfiction text, developing research and information literacy, the importance of reading across genres, and more. And, articles for teachers on the best ways to use nonfiction texts effectively in the classroom.

Themed Booklists

Themed Booklists

Sometimes it just takes one wonderful book to turn a kid into a reader. Tap into what interests your child. Browse these themed booklists selected by Maria Salvadore, our children's literature expert.

Start with a Book

Start with a Book

Visit our new companion website, chockfull of great fiction and nonfiction books, hands-on activities, parent tips, and much more. 24 kid-friendly themes to explore, share, and use for children's programs.

Author and Illustrator Interviews

Author and Illustrator Interviews

Watch Reading Rockets' exclusive video interviews with award winning children's book authors and illustrators. You'll find more than 100 interviews!

Author Studies

Author Studies

From setting a purpose for your study to choosing and researching the author to developing a culminating project, our author study toolkit will help create a rich, engaging classroom experience.

A Welcoming Library

At the Oyster Bilingual School library, English language learners can practice reading in a room filled with books in both English and Spanish.

Fun stuff

Literacy Calendar

Literacy Calendar

Find out what's happening each month in the world of reading. We have lots of resources and ideas for celebrating Read Across America, Poetry Month, D.E.A.R., el día de los niños, Read for the Record, cultural heritage months and more.

E-Cards for Readers

E-Cards for Readers

Motivate the special children in your life to read and read some more! Send one of the free e-cards below to a child, student, grandchild, colleague, or friend. The e-cards were created for Reading Rockets by award-winning children's book illustrators.

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The Show Me Librarian: Amy Koester
April 15, 2016
We've just wrapped up the strategic planning process at my library.
March 9, 2016
Every winter/early spring at my library is marked by our participation in a community-wide initiative, Coming Together in Skokie and Niles Township*.
February 22, 2016
Right now and through the month of April, we're exploring all things earth science in the BOOMbox.
February 15, 2016
I'm a fan of coding and other computer science activities in libraries--and I hope more and more folks will be inspired in this area, too, what with

Our Literacy Blogs

Maria Salvadore
Maria Salvadore
March 21, 2016

Connecting with Parents

Growing Readers Newsletter: Monthly Tips for Parents
Parent Reading Tips in Eleven Languages
Reading Adventure Packs
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"You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend." — Paul Sweeney