Engaging Resources

What resources will support us in knowing how to nurture engaged readers?

There are numerous resources available to support us as parents in nurturing our young readers. I tend to stay away from any parent resource that aims to teach my child to read or do the “work” for me. What you’ll see below is a list of resources that I find most useful:

Scholastic’s Parent section of their website offers numerous resources including book suggestions for different age ranges and interest areas.

The International Literacy Association’s handout, What Kids Really Want to Read supports parents in considering the different stages of a child’s reading development in a simple, straightforward manner.

ReadWriteThink Parent Resources offer plentiful suggestions for parents of children at every grade level. I especially love the Chatting About Books Podcasts to support book choice.

Books offer us many suggestions as well. The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease is packed with information and anecdotes about why reading aloud to our children is important and some advice about how to do it.

Guys Read is a robust website and program developed by acclaimed children’s author, John Scieszka, to support our boys as readers. Scieszka is especially focused on engaging the disengaged boy readers. You can also hear Scieszka talk about engaging adolescent readers on WNYC in March 2015.

Brightly is a resource to help moms and dads raise lifelong readers. Launched in partnership with Penguin Random House, Brightly features book recommendations from all publishers for every age and stage, reading tips and insights, seasonal inspirations, author essays, contests, gift guides, and more.

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As the local community for engagingreaders is New York City, the following resources are specific to New York City libraries. Much of what these resources offer is applicable regardless of geography, but some of it is most relevant to NY City dwellers:

The Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street School of Education hosts the incredible Children’s Book Committee which was founded more than 100 years ago to help parents, teachers, and librarians choose the books that children will find captivating and transforming. One of the most comprehensive annotated book lists for children, aged infant-16. The Committee reviews over 6000 titles each year for accuracy and literary quality and considers their emotional impact on children. It chooses the best 600 books, both fiction and nonfiction, which it lists with annotations, according to age and category.

NYPL Resources for Children offers wonderful resources for you and your children including, but not limited to, Tumblebooks (a digital tool for reading interactive books online), summer reading programs and book lists.

NYPL Programs for all ages and serving all interests offer opportunities to enrich our interests and grow new skills and knowledge. As adults, it’s important to remember that we, too, need to nourish ourselves as readers and learners. The Library offers wonderful resources to support us in doing so.

NYPL Family Programs offers programs across the city. You can sign up to receive email notifications of programs offered in your area.

B(Brooklyn)PL Kids & Teens resources and programs are robust. They provide age-specific resources for children under 5, school-aged kids, and teenaged kids.

Are there other resources that have supported you in connecting with and nurturing your children as readers? Please share them by posting a comment.

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