As a teacher, a parent, and a children’s literature consultant, I have been a literacy advocate for many, many years. Studies show that literacy begins at birth, and it’s not about flashcards or apps. Simple daily interactions help children learn to read.

Early Literacy: Infants and Toddlers

Getting Ready for School Begins at Birth: “This booklet is designed to help you understand what you can do to get your baby or toddler off to the best start by using your everyday interactions.” (Also available in Spanish.)

What We Know About Early Literacy: “Early literacy (reading and writing) does not mean early reading instruction or teaching babies to read; it is the natural development of skills through the enjoyment of books, the importance of positive interactions between babies and parents, and the critical role of literacy-rich experiences.”

Early Literacy Development: “Infants, toddlers and preschoolers develop oral language and pre-literacy skills everyday that will help them become readers.”

Six Early Literacy Skills: “Six basic skills comprise early literacy and help determine whether a child will be ready to learn to read and write.”

Learning to Read: Preschool and Kindergarten

How Most Children Learn to Read: “Play is the work of children – through play and interaction, children learn how to talk, listen, read, and write.”

Helping Your Child Learn to Read: “You can help your child learn how to read. Set aside time to read every day and take turns.”

Small Change In Reading To Preschoolers Can Help Disadvantaged Kids Catch Up: “Children who focused their attention on print … had better literacy outcomes than those who did not.”

Understanding Reading Levels: “There are two different kinds of reading levels – one for the child and one for the book.”

Help for Struggling Readers: Elementary School

FYI: “Did you know that learning to read is a challenge for almost 40 percent of kids?” Don’t wait to get help. Find out how to help your struggling reader now. (The longer you wait, the farther behind your child will be.)

Check Misunderstood Minds on PBS if you think your child may have learning differences. See how children with learning differences experience reading, writing, and math.

After age 9, the school curriculum assumes that each student is fluent reader. *It is at this stage that many struggling readers get left behind.* Students who are still in the earlier stages of the literacy continuum at age 9 will find school increasingly difficult. Becoming a fluent reader by age 9 is “a crucial indicator of future success.”

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