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  • Great Books for Kids: Our 2018 Gift Guide
    Share the joy of reading! Fiction, nonfiction, biography and poetry for kids 0-12
  • Start with a Book: Read. Talk. Explore.
    Themed books and activities to inspire active learning all summer long
  •  Meet Jennifer Holm!
    Co-creator of the very pink Babymouse and the very green Squish
  • Reading Tips for Parents in 13 Languages
    How to help your kids (babies to grade 3) build their literacy skills!
  • All Kinds of Readers
    Creating inclusive literacy celebrations for kids with learning & attention issues
  •  Authors Read Aloud!
    Watch favorite children's authors like Jacqueline Woodson read from their books
  • Match Young Readers with Books They Will Love!
    Create custom booklists from our library of 5,000+ books
  • Reading Adventure Packs for Families
    Robots, stars, flight, dinosaurs, oceans, bees, building, music and more!
  • Nonfiction Read-Alouds
    Teacher-tested strategies for choosing and using informational texts in the classroom

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.

Book Finder

Book Finder

Create your own customized list of fiction and nonfiction books. Search through more than 5,000 books on Reading Rockets — by author, illustrator, age, reading level, genre, format, and topic.

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.

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.

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.

Public Library and School Library Collaboration

Public Library and School Library Collaboration Toolkit

Public Library and School Library Collaboration

When public and school librarians and library workers engage in collaboration, community members reap the benefits. This toolkit from AASL, ALSC, and YALSA includes context and suggestions for creating partnerships of all sizes.

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.

Start with a Book: Read. Talk. Explore.

Reading Rockets is proud to partner with: American Library Association

The Show Me Librarian: Amy Koester
April 15, 2018

I'm rather disappointed by something that was shared with me online over the weekend, and that thing is a particular Libraries Transform campaign Because statement that apparently was voted the bes

February 15, 2018
Libraries are at a juncture right now--a sort of identity crisis, if you will. Many libraries are reporting downward trends in circulation and other traditional output metrics.
November 29, 2017
A few years back, I read about the Fayetteville Free Library's forays into Geek Girls Camp--a weeklong summert
September 11, 2017
Starting with this year, my role in summer reading is a specific one: I work at developing and implementing our measurement tools and strategies for capturing program outcomes and other evaluative dat
July 8, 2017
Two summers ago, I wrote about our forays into pop-up programming for the summer.

Our Literacy Blogs

Maria Salvadore
Maria Salvadore
October 2, 2018
Book Life
Rachael Walker
September 17, 2018

Connecting with Parents

Growing Readers Newsletter: Monthly Tips for Parents

Parent Reading Tips in Multiple Languages

Reading Adventure Packs
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