The following are links to recommended organizations and web sites that provide information on learning disabilities, ADHD, and other issues.
Raising A Reader's mission is to foster healthy brain development, parent-child bonding, and early literacy skills by engaging parents in a routine of daily "book cuddling" with their children from birth to age five. It offers its program through organizations such as Head Start, and has documented participating children's superior book knowledge and story comprehension.
Raven Tree Press specializes in bilingual children's picture books in English and Spanish that promote multicultural respect and understanding.
A program designed to encourage reading in families and increase children's exposure to literature. Doctors and nurses are trained to read with parents and children at check-ups and then books are given to the family. Lists local programs and information on literacy resources.
Reach Out and Read is a national program that seeks to make early literacy an integral part of pediatric primary care. Pediatricians encourage parents to read aloud to their young children and give books to their patients to take home at all pediatric check-ups from six months to five years of age. Parents learn that reading aloud is the most important thing they can do to help their children love books and to start school ready to learn.
Initially created as a one-day event to celebrate reading on Dr. Seuss's birthday, March 2, NEA's Read Across America has grown into a nationwide initiative that promotes reading every day.
This is another informative website with information on how to stage Readers' Theater for different grade levels from Lois Walker.
This section from Teachingheart.net offers links to numerous scripts, as well as some books with collections of Readers' Theater plays and activities.
This informative site from Aaron Shephard site has step-by-step instructions on how to implement Readers' Theater in the classroom, as well as a link to a book by Aaron Shephard called, "Readers on Stage."
ReadHowYouWant offers the widest selection of optimized editions on the market today. Over 1000 EasyReadÂ® books for both children and adults are available in the formats you want and at affordable prices.
Reading A-Z offers thousands of printable teacher materials to teach guided reading, phonemic awareness, reading comprehension, reading fluency, alphabet, and vocabulary. The teaching resources include professionally developed downloadable leveled books, lesson plans, worksheets, and reading assessments.
Reading ASSIST® Institute (RAI), a nonprofit organization, helps children with reading disabilities unlock the written word by training tutors and teachers in a phonetic-based, multisensory structured language (MSL) reading curriculum inspired by the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading instruction.
RIF develops and delivers children and family literacy programs that help prepare young children for reading and motivate school-age children to read.
Articles covering a wide range of reading motivation topics from Reading Is Fundamental.
ReadingLady.com was founded to provide personal support to teachers and offer them access to the best teaching resources on the market. Includes lesson ideas for comprehension strategy instruction, author studies, and information on the Four Blocks framework for literacy instruction.
This site offers background information and research (with links to the studies) that support the academic benefits of Readers Theater. It also offers links to instructions for implementation, assessments and many, many free scripts.
Link to David O'Brien's research on adolescents and media literacy: "Juxtaposing Traditional and Intermedial Literacies to Redefine the Competence of Struggling Adolescents."
Provides detailed information about learning to read and strategies for supporting struggling readers at home, at school, and in the community. It offers news, practical information, expert advice, and resources for parents, teachers, tutors, child care providers, and policy makers.
Reading Rockets highlights a wide variety of themed booklists for kids from 0-9 years old, compiled by children's literature expert Maria Salvadore. Topics range from seasons and holidays to different feelings, activities, games, and animals.
This article from My Child Magazine, featured on Reading Rockets, offers samples of different styles of letters (from thank-you notes to letters to Santa) and style guidelines that children can follow.
This Reading Rockets Activity Packet is designed to support reading activities at home. They have chosen a fiction and nonfiction book about the environment, appropriate for a first grade listening level, and included related activities to encourage some hands-on fun and learning.