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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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Author Christina Soontornvat learned that whether through an exhibit, program, or story, kids — anyone! — need to feel something in order to really learn and retain something.
When Mo Willems draws a character, he wants four year-olds to be able to draw it, too.
Ron Fairchild and Dr. Loriene Roy discuss how to make the most of summer learning.
Dr. Palacios discusses professional development for preschool programs that have new ELL populations, as well as the benefits of teacher mentoring.
The experts talk about the qualifications of an effective tutor and the kind of tutor training that programs should provide.
Learn how to foster your first grader’s love of writing.
Learn how to foster a love of writing at home for your child.
Learn the secret to helping your child become a stronger reader!
Go inside Shana Sterkin’s third grade class as she engages her students in writer’s workshop.
Although his class was never the quietest or most orderly, this teacher did know how to motivate his students.