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Explore reading basics as well as the key role of background knowledge and motivation in becoming a lifelong reader and learner. Watch our PBS Launching Young Readers series and try our self-paced Reading 101 course to deepen your understanding.
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Browse our library of evidence-based teaching strategies, learn more about using classroom texts, find out what whole-child literacy instruction looks like, and dive deeper into comprehension, content area literacy, writing, and social-emotional learning.
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Many children need extra support to become skilled readers. Learn more about why some kids struggle, what effective interventions look like, how to create inclusive classrooms so every child can thrive, and much more.
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Meet your favorite book creators, launch an author study, browse our themed booklists, get tips on how to choose and use kids’ books, find guidance on building a more diverse bookshelf, celebrate annual literacy events with us, and more!
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Discover how to support your child’s growth as a young reader and writer — with our Reading 101 for Families guide, bilingual parent tips, ideas for building your child’s knowledge of the world, Q&A with experts, and guidance on connecting with your child’s school.
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Learning the alphabet is a foundational skill in reading. Alphabet knowledge is the ability to name letters, identify the sounds they make and their printed shapes.
Early Literacy Development
At Prather-Brown Center in Frederick, Oklahoma, teacher Monica Peevyhouse helps her students practice writing letters through sound-letter dictation.
Actress Vivica A. Fox discusses some of the oddities of the English language.
Learn about everyday moments you can use to teach your child the alphabet.
Shanahan on Literacy
Browse our collection of books to help you continue to deepen your knowledge about reading, writing, and effective classroom instruction. You’ll also find books on reading motivation and reading aloud to children.