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Links to Some Helpful Literacy Websites

American Library Association
Here you will find many well-known awards and medals, such as the John Newbery, the Randolph Caldecott, the Coretta Scott King, the Theodor Seuss Geisel, the Michael Printz and the Laura Ingalls Wilder, among others.

This is a community for people committed to improving education. Articles, blog posts, innovative ideas and more are brought to you by the George Lucas Educational Foundation.

First Book
Here is an organization dedicated to making sure young people can own new books to enjoy.

Grow Up With Books
An innovative venture to bring books and smiles into the homes, hands and hearts of young people, this organization will ship books for your child’s enjoyment and accept them back when you’re ready. A small monthly fee keeps the parade of reading rentals coming, helping youngsters to experience a wide variety of quality literature.

Find books at the appropriate independent or instructional reading levels for yourself or your child.

PBS Kids
For thinking outside the book, you can’t go wrong here. PBS has educational programming designed to motivate, empower and instruct. On the web, you’ll find show schedules, research on effectiveness of programming, suggested stories and activities.

Reading Rockets
A world of books, reading information, and sage advice await at this PBS website. You can even sign up for daily or weekly e-mails connecting you with the latest about reading from all over the web.

Reading Tub
How’s this? It’s not just a book review. It’s a book review by kids! At The Reading Tub, you’ll get honest feedback about kids’ books from the primary audience- kids! From baby books to fare for older children, there’s always something interesting to consider at the Tub.

Kids rule the day here, as they post news about their favorite books. Ideas for activities abound and young people might find they have some well-loved books in common with new friends.

Trelease on Reading
He may be the single most passionate person when it comes to reading aloud. Jim Trelease will give you the facts about reading aloud and why. You will no doubt leave his site with some new ideas for home or classroom and with a renewed sense of wonder about this magical thing we call reading.

Find the perfect book any time, anywhere. Just check out the shelves of all (almost all) the world’s libraries at once by stopping by this miraculous search engine.

Links to Articles and Research

For articles and research on Reader’s Theater for reading improvement: There is an overwhelming amount of research that tells us that Reader’s Theater is a smart approach for engaging students and building fluency, vocabulary and much more. Here are a couple places to build background knowledge about RT:

http://www3.ksde.org (fluency)

http://www.readingrockets.org (article 39)

For articles and research on poetry for reading improvement:

http://www.readingrockets.org (article 3416)

http://www.readingrockets.org (article 35)


And here is how to find Rebecca Albera, on Edutopia. Here she has written about teaching literacy across content:

… and here, about effective ways to teach vocabulary.


You will find HAPPY Reading’s enthusiastic agreement with these same approaches throughout our site, but especially in the Resource area under Concise Science of Reading… articles Across Content and Word Study-Levels-Vocabulary.


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