Early Literacy Links: Updated for 2009!
100 Picture Books That Everyone Should Know. Take a look at these "world-class" books from one of America's world-class libraries - the New York Public Library.
A Rhyme a Week: Nursery Rhymes in Early Literacy. Great set of resources - share rhymes with children to help them get ready to read.
ABCs of Early Literacy. This article from Family Knoxville News Sentinel is a great "primer" on early literacy that is written in a clear, direct, easy-to-understand perspective.
Articles for Educators: Reading is Fundamental. Are you searching for articles to help you stay informed about the latest in reading research? Browse through our list below.
Better Child Care: Reading Aloud. Reading aloud to the children in your care can be the best time of day. Sharing a good storybook is very rewarding. You can enjoy reading aloud even more if you understand its benefits for children, increase your knowledge of children's books, use read aloud guidelines, and extend the read aloud experience into other activities.
Birth to 6 - Early Literacy (Hennepin County Library). Be sure to check out these tips to help children learn six basic literacy skills, lists of ideal books for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, fun fingerplays, song and puppet resources and MORE!
Book Lists and Early Literacy Resources. Here's some suggested books for sharing with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers and for planning and presenting story programs for these young children.
Books and Reading: Children's Book Lists, Read-Aloud Hints, and Learning Tips. The title says it all, this site is maintained by Scholastic. There are tabs to help you with preschool children, K-2, 3-5 and 6-8th grade students.
Books for Little Hands Early Literacy Education. Through this component Books for Little Hands provides instruction concerning the stages of brain development in children ages 0-5 and the importance of early literacy experiences. Successful read aloud techniques are modeled, including the use of music, rhymes, puppets, and other story aids and props.
Brain Development in Young Children. The importance of early brain development explained through illustrated web pages, research articles, and a short Power Point presentation entitled “What’s Going On Up There?.”
Brain Development: Neuroscience for Kids. The brain grows at an amazing rate during development. At times during brain development, 250,000 neurons are added every minute!! At birth, almost all the neurons that the brain will ever have are present. However, the brain continues to grow for a few years after birth. By the age of 2 years old, the brain is about 80% of the adult size.
Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL). This Web promotes the adoption and sustained use of evidence-based early literacy learning practices by early childhood intervention practitioners, parents, and other caregivers of young children, birth to five years of age, with identified disabilities, developmental delays, and those at-risk for poor outcomes.
Children's Activities Online. This site is full of online reading aloud of children’s books by movie stars, activities that foster early literacy skills and games that promote a love of language and reading.
Children's Picture Book Database at Miami University. Comprehensive website which gives teachers, librarians, parents, and students a place for designing literature-based thematic units for all subjects. This site offers abstracts of over 5000 children's picture books; search capabilities for over 950 keywords, including topics, concepts, and skills which describe each book; and weblinks for keywords so you can integrate your up-to-date content knowledge with our picture book resources.
Choosing Baby and Toddler Books. When you share books with your child, take time to point and talk about pictures, make sounds together, sing and have fun! Here are examples of outstanding books for babies and toddlers. When you're trying to select books to read together, you can't go wrong with these books or others like them.
Database of Award Winning Children's Literature. The purpose of this database is to create a tailored reading list of quality children's literature or to find out if a book has won one of the indexed awards.
Early Childhood - Improve Student Performance (U.S. Department of Education). This Web lists "editors picks" - a list of links to early literacy resources.
Early Childhood Literacy Fostering the Fundamentals. Up until the fourth grade, children learn to read. After that point, children read to learn. Consequently, children must enter school ready to learn and quickly hone their literacy skills. In middle school and high school, youth must continue to hone their skills and be encouraged to develop a lifelong habit of reading in order to succeed.
Early Childhood Literacy: Reading for Babies. Early childhood literacy can start at home and before the third grade. It is never to early. Even babies benefit from reading out loud.
Early Literacy: A Resource for Teachers (Saskatchewan Education). An online text that covers most of the important issues in early literacy as it applies to educators - great place to start.
Early Literacy and Brain Development Resources. This is a MUST SEE - a collection of electronic and print resources compiled by Saroj Ghoting, an early childhood literacy consultant and trainer for Every Child Ready to Read.
Early Literacy Development. This primer on early literacy development outlines the stages that children go through and how early literacy skills apply.
Early Literacy Links. Here are some helpful in researching early literacy - both for current research and for classroom strategies and ideas. The folks that maintain this site welcome suggestions for other sites to complement our list,
Early Literacy: National Early Childhood Technical Assistant Center. Federal, state, and local initiatives are taking on the challenge of improving reading achievement with literacy programs involving families, local schools, and communities. Young children with disabilities and their families need to be part of these initiatives.
Early Literacy Resources: Books, Articles, Studies and Web Sites.
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Early Literacy Skill-building. From Children, Youth and Families Education Research Net (CYFERnet) - this site site brings together the best, children, youth and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country. Materials are carefully reviewed by college and university faculty. Through CYFERnet you can also interact with your colleagues and share your work nationally.
Early Literacy Technology Project: Lessons. As part of the grant activities, participating teachers have worked with their school teams creating and implementing lessons and activities that use technology to support early literacy.
Early Literacy Tip Sheets & Resources. Check out these links to printable tips sheets, activities and newsletters that support early literacy from a wide variety of sources; many available in multiple languages.
Early Literacy Tips: Project Enlightenment. It is never too early to start reading with your child. Even young infants can benefit from exposure to books and reading. Parents and teachers are essential partners in any child’s development of reading, writing, and language skills which can lead to school success.
Early Literacy: What Is It and Why Is It Important? This site offers a comprehensive set of links to explain this topic - includes downloadable, printable .pdf files.
Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library®" Wiki. The purpose of this wiki is to both share information about the project and to solicit ideas and feedback. If you have used the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library materials, ideas or training, please share in this wiki, your successes, challenges, materials you have developed, anything you feel would be helpful to others. You can write about it in the wiki and/or provide a link to outside coverage.
Fathers' Role in Children's Academic Achievement and Early Literacy (ERIC Digest). Family involvement has been a key theme in early childhood education for more than three decades (Fantuzzo, Tighe, & Childs, 2000). However, because early childhood educators tend to engage more with mothers than with fathers, the study of fathers' involvement in children's development has been neglected. This Digest explores what is known about the role of fathers in young children's academic achievement and early literacy.
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