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Tips for Parents: Summer Reading Programs

In Tips for Parents: Summer Reading Programs, learn why reading during the summer is important, what summer reading programs offer, and how to find a summer reading program near you.

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Video: Using the Library

The value of using the library.

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Video: Summer Reading Tips

Tips to keep kids interested in reading during the summer.

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Video: Sibling Readers

Teach older siblings how to read to younger siblings.

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Video: Help Your Child Understand What They Read

4 strategies to help children make sense of what they read.

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Video: Give Reading a Boost

Increase your child's reading skills by reading interactively.

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Video: Favorite Books

Get your kids hooked on books by choosing Children's Choice Awards

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Video: Encouraging Reading

Ways you can encourage the love of reading in your home.

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Video: Choosing Books

The factors that motivate children to read.

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Video: Celebrating Children's Book Week

An introduction to a few great reads.

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Tips for Parents: Recommended Books

These books have been recommended by our staff and community members.

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Tips for Parents: Using the Library

Discover the resources and activities available for kids at the library.

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Tips for Parents: Think Along Reading

Discover think-along reading and make reading time with your child a great learning experience.

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Tips for Parents: Encouraging Reading

Learn how to encourage a love of reading in your children.

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Tips for Parents: Book Week

Celebrate book week by choosing books from the "Children's Choices" award winners.

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The International Reading Association

Free publications for the public including brochures, fact sheets, and a “Reading Today” daily news publication.  Lists “Children’s Choices” books each year, and brochures for parents such as “Explore the Playground of Books: Tips for Parents of Beginning Readers,” “Making the Most of Television: Tips for Parents of Young Viewers,” and “Understanding Your Child’s Learning Differences.”

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Spiderman in Amazing Adventures

The America Reads Challenge project, sponsored by the National Dairy Council and the US Department of Education in 1997, was a four-year campaign to get the nation reading.  The campaign is over, but this 20-page activities booklet provides Spiderman reading fun, and plenty of amazing activities.

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Reading Tips for Parents

This booklet from the US Department of Education answers important questions parents have about helping their child learn to read, choosing an early reading program, strategies for creating strong readers, the five essential components of reading, and information about the No Child Left Behind act.

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Reading Rockets

This multimedia site “offers hundreds of articles that provide research-based and best-practice information for educators, parents, and others concerned about reading achievement.”  Also checkout their shows on PBS, podcasts and videos, free guides, Spanish site, and tons of other information.

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Reading is Fundamental

Includes comprehensive reading resources for educators and parents including motivating kids to read, literacy rich homes, school connections, lesson plans, activities, Gateways to Early Literacy videos, and tons more.  Also features a Spanish bilingual version of the site.

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LiteracyCenter.net

The LiteracyCenter.net serves as many as 1.7 million free literacy lessons a day to children in more than a 160 countries with safe learning activities for parents and teachers to share with young children. All online lessons are free of advertising and free of charge.  Also available in Spanish, German, and French. 

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Get Ready to Read

The site offers “exciting and friendly ways to make helping children develop vital early literacy skills easier than ever,” with separate pages for parents, educators, and health care professionals.  The parent page offers screening tools, literacy checklists, activities and much more. Also available in Spanish.

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Cooperative Children’s Book Center

From the University of Wisconsin Madison’s School of Education.  Features author and illustrator links, a comprehensive listing of books for children and young adults, and an Intellectual Freedom department.

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American Library Association Book Media Awards

Visit the Book/Media Awards page for a huge list of recommended titles for kids, teens and adults.

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