Literacy Help For Your Child at Home

We’ve compiled a list of some reading and writing resources that you and your child might find helpful. The following websites provide a variety of literacy support – everything from free interactive books on the computer to help identifying the reading level of a book.

Reading

Start With a Book
This website is brought to you by the same folks who run Reading Rockets. It has summer themed reading, resources for parents, suggestions of books and book recommendations.

International Children’s Digital Library
Over 4,000 children’s books from all over the world in many languages. All are digitally scanned and uploaded by participants, some have audio and dual-languages.

Reading A-Z
Are you looking for leveled books? This website offers narrative and expository text ranging from kindergarten (AA) to eighth grade (Z). You can also find phonics resources for children just learning to read, such as highly decodable books and ABC worksheets. Some books and resources are available for free, all others are for purchase.

starfall.com
This free website offers interactive, digital books and activities for children learning their ABCs to children learning to read fluently. Readers of all ages and skill levels will enjoy reading texts on this website because readers can click on an unknown word to hear its pronunciation.

The Horn Book
This website offers a searchable database of over 79,000 books by author and index. Another great feature of this website is the “Horn Book Guide” that provides book reviews of children’s literature.

Time For Kids
The Time For Kids website offers free, non-fiction reading material for children in kindergarten through 6th grade. Short articles on interesting and current topics are certain to captivate any reader.

Unite for Literacy
A collection of free electronic picture books that children can listen to, and interact with, in multiple languages. Unite for Literacy’s books are designed for emerging readers and provide access to text that celebrates a child’s culture and honors their home language.

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Writing/Spelling

spellingcity.com
This website offers a variety of activities to learn the spelling and meaning of words. Activities range from taking a practice spelling test, to playing word games, to getting a list of words focusing on a certain word feature.

puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com
This is an easy, fun, and free way to make all kinds of puzzles to help your child learn his or her weekly spelling and/or vocabulary words. Just type in a list of words to create your child’s personalized spelling/vocabulary game.

Book Leveling

bookwizard.scholastic.com
Is that book the right reading level for your child? This website allows you to type in the title of most books and get the book’s reading and interest level. You can also find lists of books at a specific reading level.

Comprehension

readingrockets.org
This website offers lots of activities for parents to help their child develop appropriate reading skills and comprehension strategies. Parents can find tons of activities geared especially for them on how to help their child read and understand books.

Information on Reading Development

proactiveparent.com
A great resource for parents looking for more information on reading difficulties and disabilities. You will find books and websites devoted to research on reading development and helping struggling readers.