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Literacy Studies: Websites about Reading

Websites about Reading

International Reading Association

This professional organization is geared to reading teachers and those promoting literacy.  The site has links to numerous helpful resources including information about the association, publications, and web resources.  Other helpful connections include teaching tools, issues in literacy, links to the literacy community, and a career center. 

Reading is Fundamental (RIF)
"The nation's largest children's literacy organization" has been in existence for forty years and seeks to expand and encourage children's literacy by placing free books and resources into the hands of those children and families who need them most.  The homepage includes information on how to donate books or volunteer to participate in a local RIF program.  There are read-along stories for kids, Spanish-language resources, printable parent guides, booklists, and kid's contests.

Reading Rockets
A project of WETA, the Washington, DC public broadcasting agency, this site includes comprehensive information about reading with numerous resources for parents and educators. 

For Children:

Book Hive
This site, sponsored by the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, provides children with reading recommendations, a mechanism so they can write their own book reviews, a reader's history advisory page, and additional reading activities.
This site supports reading through trivia, games, author information, series information, bookclubs and a newsletter.

Reading Zone:  Kidspace at the Internet Public Library
This site is part of the Kidspace page of the Internet Public Library and includes links to books, literature and online stories.

RIF Reading Planet 
This site from Reading is Fundamental has a variety of reading activities, games, and ideas designed for children and their families.

Jim Trelease Home Page
This is a commercial site to support Trelease's work and provides selections from his famous title The Read Aloud Handbook.  Suggestions for book titles to read aloud to children are also included.

Serious Play:  Reading Poetry with Children
This article from The Academy of American Poets focuses on suggestions on why and how poetry should be read with children.  Links on the left side of the page lead to poems that could be shared.

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Sites
Children's literature consultant, Carol Hurst, provides a wealth of information through book reviews, booklists, activity ideas, and professional development resources. 

International Children's Digital Library
The International Children's Digital Library Foundation's mission is to inspire children throughout the world by making children's literature available online. Promotes an understanding of the value of tolerance and respect for diverse cultures.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature (NCCIL)
A non-profit organization linking to its exhibits and educational programs, including ideas for using these books with children.

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