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Engaging Children in Reading

Children should be immersed in reading. Not only should children be reading daily, but they also need to be interacting with the content that they have read. With most school districts now closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic school year, many of you may have started working with your child on his or her reading skills. While our previous blog posts have discussed how to find books for free or reduced prices during the COVID-19 pandemic, this blog post will focus on sharing resources to work on your child’s reading skills.

Many publishing companies offer free discussion guides or extension activities for popular books. Below, we have shared links to just some of the publishing companies. For most of the websites, the discussion guides and extension activities can be accessed by the clicking the ‘Resources’ tab that can found on each company’s main page. Otherwise, we have shared a link that provides direct access to the free educator resources. Please note that this is not exhaustive list.
MacKids School & Library (division of Macmillan Publishers)
The Book Pantry (division of Simon & Schuster)
Brightly (division of Penguin Random House)
Little, Brown School & Library (division of Hachette Book Group)
Charlesbridge; authors are also providing content for at-home learning

Children Publishing Companies:
Sleeping Bear Press
Barefoot Books
Peachtree Publishing Company
Bushel & Peck Books
Andrew McMeel Publishing
Lerner Publishing Group
Lonely Planet
Source Books
Quarto Knows

For those who may feel overwhelmed when it comes to working on your child’s reading skills, we also wanted to share two teacher blogs with you: This Reading Mama and The Measured Mom. Each blog contains tons of resources (including several free downloads) for you to help your child become a successful reader. If you decide to subscribe to either blog’s newsletter, you will also be able to access an exclusive library that contains even more free resources. On our Pinterest page, we have saved several blog posts from This Reading Mama and The Measured Mom as well as other resources that you may find useful when working with your child on his or her reading skills. Click here to visit our Pinterest page.

In previous blog posts, we have also shared a Google Doc containing several online reading resources that are currently available to children and young adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to access the Google Doc; there is six pages of resources to browse! Feel free to share the document with others! We are constantly updating the document as new information becomes available to us. If you know of any authors, illustrators, and/or publishing companies that are providing online reading resources, then let us know so that we can add it to the Google Doc.

We hope you find this information helpful!

Bookish Lovers
(Danielle and Rachael)

Published by Danielle

I am a licensed PreK-6 teacher who is also an avid reader and a Cat Mom. I love sharing the joy of reading with all of you!

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