Educator Resources

"There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book." —Frank Serafini

Chatham Community Library's Reading Roadshow program-- A librarian or trained volunteer comes to a childcare facility once per week to read books out loud and sing simple songs, similar to a library story time. Contact the Outreach Coordinator at outreach@chathamlibraries.org or call 919-545-8086.

Raising A Reader is a national nonprofit organization offering local agencies an evidence based early literacy and parent engagement program that can improve the reading readiness skills of children birth to age five. Raising A Reader rotates bright red bags filled with award winning books into children’s homes on a weekly basis. Local implementers and parents are trained in interactive “read aloud” techniques that stimulate early brain development. The training helps parents and caregivers engage with their child by sharing a book. Through the program, families are also connected to their local public library. At the culmination of the program, children receive a blue library bag to keep and continue the practice of borrowing books. Contact Denise Rossi at denise@chathamkids.org or 919-542-7449 ext. 27

Tumble Books and Tumble Cloud Tumble Books is an online platform that allows students in K-5th grades to access hundreds of books from any internet connected device. No usernames or passwords required. Tutorial Video

Chatham Education Foundation (CEF) - Literacy and Professional Development Grants

CEF offers literacy and professional development grant opportunities to teachers in Chatham County schools. These grants enhance the effectiveness of teachers and reading specialists so they are well equipped to teach even the most struggling readers. Click HERE for more information

My On Reader My On provides students the opportunity to access and read over 5,000 books using any internet connected device. Usernames and passwords were sent home with students. Tutorial Video

Classworks is a program for students in K-8th grade. The program has literacy and math lessons and practice activities that students can complete on any internet connected device. Student Classworks Video Classworks Overview Video

Classworks Full Program (requires log in)

Classworks Modules (no log in required)

Funbrain Reading

FUNBRAIN.COM offers a lot of fun, interactive learning games for kids in grades K-8, plus tools for parents and teachers. Kids can search by grade level or topic. Kids can also read web book versions of popular books, such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and comics on the site.


Starfall- http://www.starfall.com/

This phonics-based site offers a fantastic (and free) learn-to-read method based on numerous studies and educational research. Kids practice letter sounds, word recognition, and reading comprehension through online books, songs, rhymes, and other games. When they read a storybook online, Starfall.com reads it back to them, sounding it out like new readers do.

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  • For tips and resources to support educators, parents and young children see Get Ready to Read! which is a service of the National Center for Learning Disabilities.


  • To learn about Early English Language and Early Spanish Language Development Standards see WIDA.


  • For effective solutions for educators and practitioners working with prekindergarten-grade 12 English Language Learners see CAL (Center for Applied Linguistics).


  • See Education Matters: 30 Million Word Gap in English and Spanish for a helpful flyer for parents.


  • For information about child development and literacy and learning see the SERVE Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro: About Stepping Stones to Literacy.