Reading Resources on Planet Smarty PantsI believe that the journey on the reading road starts as soon as a child is born. Both my husband and I read to our child even when she was a newborn, and by the time she was 2, she easily heard 1,000 books the research says children need to hear before they are ready to learn to read. By the age of 2, she knew her letters and sounds, and at 3 I set out to teach her to read. She was a fluent reader before she was 4, and I wrote a post on the strategies that worked for us:
I also maintained a sort of a diary of our reading on my blog in the forms of weekly What My Child Is Reading entries. This year I started a series on my blog with Book Recommendations by Month and Age where I share our favorite books for each month of the year. I am excited to start sharing our favorite winter holiday books this week.
Best Children Books Booklists, and I make a point to actually find books recommended by my fellow parent bloggers and bring them home from the library.
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6 Bloggers Who Love Literacy
1. This Reading Mama
The name of the blog This Reading Mama speaks for itself. My After School co-host Becky has a wealth of reading resources including a variety of printables and an excellent free pre-K reading curriculum. In addition, she has her own e-Book on choosing the right books.
2. The Measured Mom
My other After School co-host The Measured Mom generously shares her free printables and has great booklists too. Anna also has a wonderful series co-written with This Reading Mama on Writing Lessons for Primary Grades.
3. 3 DinosaursCassie at 3 Dinosaurs has amazing themed printable packs for preK and K. If you teach your children to read using Bob Books, check out her complementary Bob Books printables.
4. Growing Book by Book
Growing Book by Book is run by Jodie, a Mom of 2 boys and a literacy specialist. Almost all her posts have valuable ideas on raising readers. Her boys are still in preK, so her ideas and book reviews will be great for parents of younger children. Jodie is also a driving force behind Picture Book of the Day – a collaborative project behind parent bloggers who love books. Every day Monday to Friday I am sharing a picture book of the day from people participating in this project on my Facebook page.
5. What Do We Do All Day
Erica at What Do We Do All Day was my “go to” resource for amazing book lists for years. She has lists for different ages and topics, and she is very thorough in her recommendations. I especially love her focus on multicultural books. She has other literacy resources to raise readers as well, like this post on alternatives to forcing your kids to read.
6. Imagination SoupMelissa at Imagination Soup is a well known author and blogger dedicated to promoting literacy and language arts. She has reading ideas for developing readers and amazing book lists. I especially appreciate her book lists for older kids and book lists that take off from specific book, for example, 26 books for kids who love Harry Potter.
Your TurnWhat are your favorite places for literacy resources?
2014 After School Link Up Hosts
- The Educators' Spin On It
- Planet Smarty Pants
- Boy Mama Teacher Mama
- Mama Smiles
- Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational
- The Measured Mom
- This Reading Mama