Improve Your Child's Literacy

Reading BuddiesChildren in 1st-3rd grades are invited to meet with Reading Buddies in the Educational Park Children's area! Caring, trained teen volunteers will provide children with 1-on-1 time to help them practice their reading in a low-stress environment. First come, first served. Each child will have up to 15 minutes with his Reading buddy. The teens will help your child practice reading aloud or can read to or with her, depending on the child's skill level. The librarian has prepared a cart of early reading materials to choose from if you want help picking a good book!

Reading to Children- A volunteer reads to children in the story time area. Children enjoy one-on-one interaction with our reader, and they can choose the stories they wish to hear.

Reading to Dogs- Children are invited to practice reading to gentle, trained assistance dogs just longing for kids to read to them. Share your favorite story and make a new furry friend! 

9 Sites to Improve Your Child’s Literacy

National Children’s Literacy Website – This non-profit organization is dedicated to improving and promoting children’s literacy in child care and home settings. Helpful materials on the National Children’s Literacy Website include general literacy tips, advice on teaching children to read, educational activities, story-time tips, and links to additional resources.

Literacy Zone – Created by Woodlands Junior School in the UK, Literacy Zone offers online literacy games and activities to help children improve spelling, grammar, punctuation, and writing skills.

StoryPlace – StoryPlace is a digital library created specifically for children. Library materials include free online books, online activities, take-home activities, and reading lists for preschool and elementary students.

International Children’s Digital Library – This online library hosts nearly 5,000 high-quality digital books in more than 50 different languages. Books contain both text and illustrations and can be discussed in a community forum.

RIF Reading Planet – Operated by the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit children’s literacy organization, the RIF Reading Planet provides book reviews and recommendations, an author showcase, reading activities, teaching strategies, and much more.

Writing with Writers – Writing with Writers is a scholastic project that allows kids to work with authors and illustrators in special workshops designed to improve writing and literacy skills. The project also provides featured writing activities and step-by-step writing guides.

Flashcard Maker – Scholastic’s Homework Hub Flashcard Maker is a good tool for children who need to learn sight words. They can test themselves online or print the flashcards to practice off the computer.

FreeRice – This UN World Food Program site offers a great vocabulary-building trivia game for students at any level. Every time a question is answered correctly, FreeRice donates ten grains of rice to hungry people.

ClassMarker – ClassMarker makes it easy to test your child’s reading comprehension or vocabulary. The site allows you to make free online quizzes with multiple choice, true false, short answer, and fill in the blank questions.