Helping Your Child With Reading

There are many different ideas about the best ways to help children learn to read, or help struggling readers. Some consistent suggestions include: reading aloud to children, providing frequent opportunities for children to practice their reading with material they enjoy, and developing vocabulary - the number of words a child knows. Some books we recommend for learning more about how a child acquires and builds reading skills, include:

Some of our favorite suggestions from these educators are included on our handout:


Some websites with literacy activities and advice for parents:

  • Read Write Think -
    Use the search tool to find fun interactives and online resources that promote comprehension, critial thinking and other literacy skills.
  • Reading Rockets -
    A national multimedia project, Reading Rockets offers research-based and best-practice information on teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle. Includes section on the ABCs of Teaching Reading, free reading guides and other resources for parents and teachers.
  • Thinkfinity -
    Find activities and games to play that foster literacy skills. Search by subject or age level.

You can also find in our collection and on our website:

For additional information, see ...

  • Staff Picks for Kids
    See the lists of Too-Good-To-Miss titles for recommendations of some our favorite stories for children by grade level.
  • Novelist Plus - (Need library card to access from outside the library)
    Search for stories based on child's interest, age or grade level, or lexile reading level.