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  • Summer Science
    Looking for ways to bring more science into your summer learning activities?
  •  Adventures in Summer Learning
    How families and educators in DC, Detroit and Boston are stopping the "summer slide"
  • Reading Adventure Packs for Families
    Robots, stars, flight, dinosaurs, oceans, bees, building, music and more!
  • New Booklist! The Stuff of Summer
    A world of color, backyard gardens, picnics (and ants!), thunder and lightning ...
  •  Wow! Our Interview with Robert Neubecker!
    Books bursting with energy and fun, that see the world through a child's eyes
  • Literacy in Your Pocket
    Great summertime ideas for reading, writing and hands-on fun
  • Nonfiction for Kids
    Great kids' books, tips on reading nonfiction text and more
  • Get Ready for Summer!
    Read. Talk. Explore! Booklists and activities for a season of learning
  • 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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July 18, 2014
I learned some great new rhymes and songs at the Guerrilla Storytimes that took place at ALA Annual in Las Vegas, including a few that immediately struck me as fun fodder for felt versions.
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It's been a busy summer at the library.
Reading Blogs
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Connecting with Parents

Growing Readers Newsletter: Monthly Tips for Parents
Parent Reading Tips in Eleven Languages
Reading Adventure Packs
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