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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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Four nationally recognized experts in RTI provide sound guidance on establishing multi-tiered systems of support for young children.
Dr. Palacios describes key academic skills that ELLs need in preparation for kindergarten, as well as curriculum themes for preschool programs.
What does growing exposure to media mean for kids’ literacy development and how can parents and teaches turn media in to an educational tool?
Dr. Palacios describes ways to make ELL families feel welcome in the preschool setting and suggests literacy activities that parents can try at home.
Dr. Victoria Molfese and Dr. Dennis Molfese study speech perception in day-old babies.
Dr. Ramey discusses how reading books to young children connects to oral language and concepts of print.
Dr. Landry describes the developmental continuum of phonological awareness.
The close and credits of Toddling Toward Reading.
Close and credits of Empowering Parents, a PBS special hosted by Al Roker.
Sandra Boynton details her journey as a writer and illustrator.