Great Parent Resources for Raising a Reader and Writer

For Getting Books
Your Library (also good for audiobooks on CD)
Scholastic Book Orders (usually given out by teachers-affordable and good easy readers) (if you can’t get a book order from a teacher, go here) (organized by top lists and age level plus they have deals and discounts frequently)
Big Consignment Sales like LA Kids Consignment Sale (visit for next sale)
Used Book Sales at Libraries
Used Book Stores/$1 Book Stores
Garage Sales
Used books on Amazon

• I Can Teach My Child to Read – can print e-book of I Can Teach My Child to Read from here, good activities for little ones
• Pioneer Valley Books – Their leveled reading assessment can help you determine your child’s reading level, provide examples of each level, books for purchase
• Center for Early Literacy Learning – provides free guides and videos for parents
• and its sister sites like – print free samples of leveled books, alphabet pages, read articles, or join for a yearly fee
• TeachersPayTeachers – search by topic (sight words, alphabet, etc.) for excellent activities and lessons created by teachers – some free and some for a minimal fee
• – book lists, suggestions for family activities
• great resource for parents, top app lists, plus activities for kids
• TumbleBooks – quality animated books read aloud and read along books (click on Children’s section, click on the right on “Websites & Research,” then scroll down to the bottom where you can click on the TumbleBooks icon. This connects you to the site for free)
• – recommended by Burbank teachers for kids going into Kindergarten – okay for word work, beware the strong focus on sounding out everything
• PBS – great resources for parents and activities for kids
• – free videos good for alphabet sounds and sight words
• – Great Kindergarten teacher blog where you can print your own easy readers
* - Lots of printable worksheets, activities, and articles to support parents 
• Author Websites – Children’s authors have amazing websites. Check out Mem Fox, Jan Brett, Tomie dePaola, Rosemary Wells and Eric Carle for starters.

Videos/TV Shows that Enhance Literacy Skills
*Most available free at your library,, or
Word World
Leap Frog Letter Factory Video
Between the Lions
Martha Speaks
Sesame Street (pre-reading)
Meet the Sight Words Videos

Good Literacy Apps (found in the app store for tablets or your phone)
Kids Writing Pad
Sentence Builder
Alpha Writer
Ready to Print
Clifford’s BE Big with Words
Montessori Crosswords
Word Wagon by Duck Duck Moose
Professor Garfield Fact or Opinion
Simplex Spelling with Reverse Phonics
Preposition Builder
The Electric Company Wordball
Shape-O ABC’s
Starfall ABCs
Story Patch
C is for Cow
Dr. Suess’s ABC
Intro to Letters
Bob Books
FirstWords Deluxe
Licking Letters
Pogg – Spelling & Verbs
TeachMe: Kindergarten
Word Magic
Alphabetic Order
Interactive Alphabet

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