For Parents

  • Back to School for Parents and Teachers
    Tips and resources to help you get ready for the best school year yet!
  • Our NEW Musical Adventure for Kids!
    Get our free afterschool toolkit from Start with a Book
  •  Reading SOS for Families!
    Experts answer your questions about how to help your kids become strong readers
  • Literacy in the Sciences
    Simple activities that build literacy and science inquiry skills
  • Start with a Book: Read. Explore. Learn!
    Themed books and activities to inspire active learning all year long
  • Bird Buddies! A Summer STEAM Adventure
    Get our NEW free toolkit for 5 days of reading, hands-on activities, and more
  • Match Young Readers with Books They Will Love!
    Create custom booklists from our library of 5,000+ books
  • Reading Tips for Parents in 13 Languages
    How to help your kids (babies to grade 3) build their literacy skills!
  • Supporting Children with Autism at Home
    A guide for families and educators during COVID-19
  • Journals and Field Notes for Young Scientists
    Science explorations give kids a chance to record all kinds of observations
  •  Target the Problem!
    Understanding a child's reading problems — and practical ways to help
  • Everyday Conversations
    Activities to encourage speech & language development

Fighting for Your Child

Jennifer Simpson is a mother on a mission. She knows exactly where her daughter Emiliann should be as a reader — and that she's falling behind.

Reading expert Sandra Wilborn answers a question from a parent

Reading SOS: Expert Answers to Family Questions About Reading

NEW! In this special Reading Rockets video series, experts answer real questions from families about reading and how to support their children at home.

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Writing expert William Van Cleave answers a question from a parent

Writing SOS: Expert Answers to Family Questions About Writing

NEW! In this special Reading Rockets video series, experts answer real questions from families about wrting and how to support their children at home.

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Mother and daughter at home reading together

Reading 101: A Guide for Parents

NEW! In this guide, you'll find out what it takes to learn to read (and write) and how you can help your children grow as readers, writers, and learners!

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Launching Young Readers Series

Launching Young Readers Series

Our PBS series explores reading and writing development in young children. The programs feature top reading experts, best practices in the classroom, support for struggling learners and how parents can help their kids succeed.

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