For Parents

  • Native American History and Culture
    A selection of wonderful books from the American Indian Youth Literature Award program
  •  Reading SOS for Families!
    Experts answer your questions about how to help your kids become strong readers
  • Learning at Home During Covid-19
    Our Reading Rockets-NEA guide to supporting all learners, families, and educators
  • #GivingTuesday: Donate to Reading Rockets
    Save the date (December 1) or donate to Reading Rockets today!
  • Exploring Multicultural Folktales, Fairy Tales, and Myths
    Books, writing, oral storytelling, poetry and other creative activities
  • Supporting Children with Autism at Home
    A guide for families and educators during COVID-19
  • Start with a Book: Read. Explore. Learn!
    Themed books and activities to inspire active learning all year long
  • Reading Tips for Parents in 13 Languages
    How to help your kids (babies to grade 3) build their literacy skills!
  • Match Young Readers with Books They Will Love!
    Create custom booklists from our library of 5,000+ books
  • Journals and Field Notes for Young Scientists
    Science explorations give kids a chance to record all kinds of observations
  • Literacy in the Sciences
    Simple activities that build literacy and science inquiry skills
  •  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 Linda Farrell reads 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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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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Start with a Book: Read. Talk. Explore.

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"If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book." —

J.K. Rowling