Family Literacy Links

Literacy Night Resources:

One of the easiest tricks for promoting literacy in your home is to turn the closed captioning on your television.  Children hear and see the word which improves their reading ability.


Michigan ELibrary : The state of Michigan provides some wonderful resources free to their residents. There are some great resources for you and your child.  Whether you want some free ebooks for your child to read, help them with some research, or enrich their learning, there is a lot to be found.  Depending on the age of child, click on either Kid or Teens.  My favorites are Book Flix, ebooks K-8 Collection, and NoveList.

Born Learning : Everyday life is a learning experience for children. Born Learning is a public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities.

Sesame Street : Sesame Street offers parents a wealth of resources, not to mention great online games for the kids.

Day by Day Calendar : The South Carolina Day by Day Family Literacy Calendar is designed to be a tool that families, caregivers, educators and librarians can use at home and in the classroom to further develop early literacy skills that help young children become prepared for school or do better in school. They provide a yearly calendar that can be printed or viewed online. Great activities for younger children.

Common Core: Parent Roadmaps : The Council of the Great City Schools' parent roadmaps in English language arts/literacy provide guidance to parents about what their children will be learning and how they can support that learning in grades K-8. These parent roadmaps for each grade level also provide three-year snapshots showing how selected standards progress from year to year so that students will be college and career ready upon their graduation from high school.

StoryNory : This is one of my favorite podcasts. If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry.  This is a great site where you can hear some wonderful stories.  I usually burn these stories to a cd and my children listen to them in the car.

StoryLine Online : As librarian, I hated to share this one because I didn’t want them to see them elsewhere and not enjoy them when I showed them.  It is my favorite!  There are so many great stories here. Teachers, there are activities and lesson ideas with each story.

The StoryPlace : StoryPlace, an interactive web site, came about to provide children with the virtual experience of going to the library and participating in the same types of activities the library offers.

ICDL - International Children's Digital Library : This site is neat, especially if you can speak some other languages.  This site, if you click on “read books”, will provide you with many scanned books in many languages. You can find books by age levels, length, language, or country.

Giggle Poetry : Poetry is a great way to get students excited about reading. This site has some great poems.

Reading Planet : RIF’s mission is to allow all kids to have access to books.

Make Beliefs Comix : A new website where children and adults can create their own comic strips. This site can also be used by educators to teach language, reading, and writing skills.

PBS Kids : Online activities for kids and parents

Online Literacy Activities : Various games for kids with different levels and objectives.

Magic Keys Books : Children’s Storybooks Online separated into three categories: young children, older children and young adults.

BAB Books : Online stories and resources for kids.

Starfall : A free public resource for teaching kids to read with phonics.

Between the Lions / PBSKids : The award-winning Between the Lions Web site offers tons of expert-approved games, stories, video clips, and activities—all aimed at reinforcing the literacy mission of the series.

MightyBook : learning to read with stories, songs, jokes, games and more!

Interactive Websites for the Primary Grades - great list of websites across the subjects

The Teacher's Guide to Interactive Websites - a good list of websites that give grade level


Author Sites: There are many, many authors online. Authors listed below provide fun activities through their site. If there is a particular author that you would like to know more about, just type their name into a search engine.

Frank Asch

T.A. Barron

Judy Blume

Jan Brett

Marc Brown - many activities through PBS Kids

Joseph Bruchac - you can listen to some of his poetry online

Beverly Cleary

Vicki Cobb - We Dare You Videos

Bruce Coville

Katie Davis

Diane deGroat (printable activities only)

Tony DiTerlizzi

John Flanagan - Ranger’s Apprentice

Mem Fox (Read alouds)

Lisa Harrison

Kevin Henkes

Anthony Horowitz

Jeff Kinney - Wimpy Kid

Robert Munsch

Stephenie Meyer

Laura Numeroff

Christopher Paolini

Barbara Park

Dav Pilkey

Patricia Polacco

Mary Pope Osborne - Magic Tree House

Jack Prelutsky

J.K. Rowling

Dr. Seuss

Neal Shusterman

Shel Silverstein

Roland Smith

Lemony Snicket

Chris Van Allsburg

David Wiesner

Don & Audrey Wood

*Teachers: Many of these author sites have printable activities, lesson plans, and/or other material for teachers to use.


Michigan ELibrary : The state of Michigan provides some wonderful resources free to their residents. There are some great resources for you and your students.  Want save searching for your students? What free ebooks?  This is the one stop resource for you!!!!

Reading Rockets : teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle.

Literacy Resources for Special Needs


Parent Involvement Podcasts : this free professional development tool is designed to guide a team of educators and/or parents in examining existing practices and creating a plan for improving parent involvement at the school, district, and state levels.

Scholastic - Online Activities and Interactive learning : Browse online activities by grade and subject.

Interactive Literacy Activities for Kids : Separated into key age categories and by concept.

Basic Skill Practice Games - Grammar : A list of grammar games.

Literactive : Literactive is the leading provider of reading material for preschool, kindergarten and grade 1 students available online. (Must register to download)

BBC - Schools - Literacy : BBC is great for teachers and parents. This link provides a wealth of literacy sites.

ReadKiddoRead - great site!

*Teacher’s any and all of the resources listed below will be of benefit to you and/or your students.

**updated 3-26-2-2015