For PBS Stations
Toddling Toward Reading
Find out what it takes to give our preschoolers the early literacy skills they need to become successful readers.
Reading tips for parents
Practical tips on how to read with your baby, toddler, preschooler, or kindergartener. Available in multiple languages.
A-Z: Early literacy development
Browse all of our early literacy resources, including video, articles for parents and educators, and FAQs.
Public television and literacy outreach
Television has tremendous potential to help young children learn. Given the power of television, young children need adults who can show them how to become wise television users and who can use television to contribute to school readiness.
Reading Rockets is pleased to present the following information for public television stations involved in activities that support children's learning.
Launching Young Readers Series
Reading Rockets produces award-winning PBS television programs about reading and education. You can watch the shows when they are broadcast by your public television station, or watch online anytime. Learn more about the Launching Young Readers series.
The Viewers' Guide is a companion print guide to our PBS five-part television series, Launching Young Readers. The Viewers' Guide provides descriptions and approximate lengths for each program segment as well as information on helping children who are struggling with reading.
The colorful bilingual Family Guide includes tips for helping children get the most out of reading as well as pointers on working with schools and teachers, ideas for using the public library, and more.
Toolkit for outreach coordinators
This free toolkit, developed by Reading Rockets provides handouts and materials to make it easy for coordinators to offer literacy workshops. Included in the kit are video modules that show what works in teaching and encouraging kids to become readers.
Download toolkit > (253K PDF)
Toolkit video modules
Teaching parenting skills
In this segment from Toddling Toward Reading, part of our PBS series, Launching Young Readers, Althea Slayden practices the new reading strategies she's learned with her daughter, Nygeria.
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- Topics A-Z: Early Literacy Development
- Topics A-Z: Preschool and Childcare
- Topics A-Z: Children's Books
- Topics A-Z: Reading Together