Guides from Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets is pleased to offer free print guides created for parents, teachers, and many others who want to improve the reading achievement of children. The following print guides were originally created as companion pieces to our PBS television programs. The guides are also very beneficial, however, as stand-alone publications that explain how to help kids learn at home and school.

Launching Young Readers Guides

Launching Young Readers Viewers’ Guide

Launching Young Readers Viewers’ Guide

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.

Family Guide from Reading Rockets

Family Guide from Reading Rockets

Our 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. Available in Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.

Teachers’ Guide from Reading Rockets

Teachers’ Guide from Reading Rockets

Created for preschool through second grade teachers, our Teachers'’ Guide lists typical reading achievements by grade level and suggests how teachers can foster the development of phonemic awareness, fluency, spelling, writing, and comprehension skills.

Empowering Parents: Reading Rockets Parents' Guide

Empowering Parents: Reading Rockets Parents' Guide

From the moment your child is born, there are simple things you can do to help him or her become a good reader. This guide helps parents build a child’s early reading skills at home, recognize signs of trouble, support the child as they enter school, understand options for extra support, and recognize when parents need to go outside the school for help.

Reading Rockets Parent Tip Sheets in Multiple Languages

Reading Rockets Parent Tip Sheets in Multiple Languages

A child’s success as a reader begins much earlier than the first day of school. Reading, and a love for reading, begins at home. Our one-page Parent Tips offer easy ways for parents to help kids become successful readers. Although we’ve divided these tips by age (from babies to grade 3), many of them can be used with children at various ages and stages — we encourage you to choose the ones that work best for your child.

See these tips on Reading Rockets, or download them as a PDF, available in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, Diné (Navajo), Haitian Creole, Hmong, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

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

J.K. Rowling