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  • Writing prompts, poetry walks, interviews with your favorite poets and more!
     Learning Through Poetry
    Writing prompts, poetry walks, interviews with your favorite poets and more!
  • Our Green World: Fiction and nonfiction books, hands-on activities, apps and more!
    Our Green World
    Fiction and nonfiction books, hands-on activities, apps and kid-friendly websites
  • Celebrate D.E.A.R. Day on April 12th and year-round with our family reading activities
    Drop Everything and Read!
    Celebrate D.E.A.R. Day with our family reading activities and tips
  • On the Go!
    New Booklist: On the Go!
    All about planes, trains, automobiles, big rigs (and a tugboat)
  • J. Patric Lewis: Our third Children's Poet Laureate, writing poems on every topic under the sun
     Meet J. Patrick Lewis
    Our third Children's Poet Laureate, writing poems on every topic under the sun
  • Nonfiction for Kids
    Nonfiction for Kids
    Great kids' books, tips on reading nonfiction text and more!
  • Author Study Toolkit
    Author Study Toolkit
    Guide kids on a journey of discovery about a favorite author
  • Hints on how to read aloud to a group
    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 14, 2014
Some of you may not know that I am a huge Jane Austen fan. My love of all things Austen doesn't come up that often here on this blog, as most Austen content is aimed at an adult audience.
April 11, 2014
We've been celebrating Poetry Month with two of my favorite poetry-writing activities. And best of all, both involve library materials!
April 9, 2014
Yesterday evening, I spoke to a group of school librarians at their monthly Library Media Specialist Academy meeting.
April 7, 2014
I've got a confession to make: I'm not doing such a great job as a reader right now.
Reading Blogs
Maria Salvadore
Maria Salvadore
April 7, 2014
March 27, 2014

Connecting with Parents

Growing Readers Newsletter: Monthly Tips for Parents
Parent Reading Tips in Eleven Languages
Reading Adventure Packs
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"Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift." — Kate DiCamillo