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Literacy at Home

Discover how to support your child’s growth as a young reader and writer. Here you’ll find our Reading 101 for Families guide, bilingual parent tips, ideas for building your child’s knowledge about the world, Q&A with experts, guidance on how to help a child who struggles, and ways to connect with your child’s school.

Reading aloud to your children is a gift that will last a lifetime.

Maya Angelou, author and poet

Reading Rockets is made possible with generous support from the National Education Association.

Nurturing your child’s literacy skills

Learn more about why reading aloud with your child is so important, get tips on making read-alouds fun and interactive, and discover great read-aloud books. Explore resources to support your young learner — our bilingual Growing Readers series, parent reading tips in 13 languages, and Reading Adventure Packs that pair fiction and nonfiction books with hands-on activities.

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Supporting your child in school

In Reading and Writing SOS, experts answer real questions from families like you about how to support literacy at home. Visit Target the Problem to discover why your child is struggling with reading (and how to help). And get tips on how to build and maintain meaningful communication and involvement with your child’s school.

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Building knowledge about the world

Out-of-school time is a golden time to help children build their knowledge of the world — so important for reading comprehension and critical thinking. Discover ways to encourage reading, writing, exploring, creating, and learning with your kids. At Start with a Book, you’ll find 24 kid-friendly topics (bugs, dinosaurs, detectives, stars and planets …) matched with books, ideas for writing, hands-on activities, podcasts, and more.

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