Monday, November 10, 2014

This week US celebrates National Young Readers Week, and I want to dedicate my After School Link Up posts to my favorite literacy resources – bloggers that see it as their task to raise kids who love books and to help others do the same.

Resources for Raising Readers - free printables, expert advice, and book lists for kids

Reading Resources on Planet Smarty Pants

I 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:
7 Strategies for Early Reading
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.

November Book Picks for 5 Year Old with Extension Activities

All our efforts paid off. Our 8 year old is not just a fluent reader, she loves books. That’s the first thing she does in the morning and the last thing she does at night. She spends hours reading every day, and I am always on the lookout for good books and book lists. I have a pretty extensive and popular Pinterest board 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

Resources for Raising Readers - free printables, expert advice, and book lists for kids

While I certainly want you to visit my posts, I also want to highlight amazing parents who spend their time and energy helping the rest of us to raise readers through expert reading advice, thoughtful book lists and terrific free printables.

1. This Reading Mama

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 Dinosaurs

bobbooksCassie 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 Soup

Wacky-BooksMelissa 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 Turn

What are your favorite places for literacy resources?

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Ticia said...

Those are all great places for learning about reading for kids.

I wonder if there's a blog somewhere for older kids..... Most of those are more for younger kids. Now I need to think on that one.

Bronwyn Joy said...

Thanks - some great resources here. Pinning now!

A Book Long Enough said...

Great list! Just buffered your post to share across my social networks. I'm blogging about children's books at And thanks for the link-up!

Cassie Osborne said...

You are so nice. I just love BOB Books! They are wonderful to work with and use!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Great resources! Your blog and Erica's are my top resources for finding great book recommendations :)

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

GREAT resources shared here!

Growing Book by Book said...

Love these resources! Thanks so much for including Growing Book by Book!

Melissa Taylor said...

thank you so much for mentioning Imagination Soup!!

I LOVE your blog and FB page - you always share the best resources and ideas. I'm so flattered!


Erica MomandKiddo said...

Thanks for including us, Natalie!! I love all these other bloggers, too!

P.S. Did you know that your blog name watermark is on my photo?

Brain Power Boy said...

Wonderful list and nice article. I too read to my son since he was born and we have went through so many books I have no idea what the number count is. I wish I had kept track!

Anonymous said...

We love to read! Literally the day my children were born we began reading to them. I am going to share this post with some friends ;)

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