For families

You are your child’s first, and best, teacher.

The early years are a parent’s opportunity to instil a love of reading that will last a lifetime. These resources will help.

Tools for parents

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  • Brain Camp
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  • Get busy READING, WRITING, SINGING, What will you and your brain do this summer?  We have fun ideas for you (you will have some too). You can track what you do. When you are creative and busy during the summer, you help build your brain’s capacity for ongoing learning—and you have lots of fun! 
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  • Books that Celebrate Books
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  • A list of must read picture books that celebrate books and libraries. 
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  • Birthday Party Toolkit
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  • Access our new Birthday Party Toolkit and explore how your child can turn their birthday celebrations into a time to collect and give books to children who have few! 
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  • Parent Pack
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  • Visit our web store to buy a colourful hard copy of the Parent Handbook as part of our Parent Pack with other fun resources and games to help you . . . help your child to build literacy skills and the joy of reading! 
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  • Parent Handbook
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  • Our NEWLY ENHANCED Parent Handbook is full of ideas and ways to help your child build their foundational brain structure, start to develop language skills—and get ready to read! 
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Stories that ignite imaginations

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  • Play Talk Read
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  • Get access to Play Talk Read for free apps, interactive books, competitions, and tips to help your wee one have more fun. 
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  • Child’s Digital Library
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  • Find books in 29 different languages without leaving your seat at the online International Child’s Digital Library. 
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  • Speakaboos
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  • Enjoy stories on your iPad for free from Speakaboos, an award-winning site. 
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  • Storyline Online
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  • Streaming video program featuring famous people reading children's books aloud. 
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  • Read Click Magazine
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  • Click Magazine: Open Windows for Young Minds 
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Reading aloud

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  • Read Aloud Tips for Parents of 3rd Graders
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  • Read about it, talk about it, and think about it! Find ways for your child to build understanding, the ultimate goal of learning how to read. 
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  • Read Aloud Tips for Parents of 2nd Graders
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  • Find ways to read, write, and tell stories together with your child. Always applaud your young reader and beginning story writer! 
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  • Read Aloud Tips for Parents of 1st Graders
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  • Give your child lots of opportunities to read aloud. Inspire your young reader to practice every day! 
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  • Read Aloud Tips for Parents of Kindergartners
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  • Play with letters, words, and sounds! Having fun with language helps your child learn to crack the code of reading. 
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  • Read Aloud Tips for Parents of Toddlers
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  • Being a toddler is all about action. Encourage continued language development and interest in books and reading by keeping things lively and engaging.  
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  • Read Aloud Tips for Parents of Babies
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  • It’s never too early to read to your baby. As soon as your baby is born, he or she starts learning.  
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  • Why Read Aloud?
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  • Take time to read aloud to your child 15 minutes per day. 
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  • Tips to Help you Read
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  • Experts’ favourite books and tips to help you read to your little one.  
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  • Reading Aloud Video
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  • Research shows that reading aloud with children is the single most important thing you can do to prepare a child for reading and learning. See a preschool teacher read a book aloud. Then she shares her read aloud tips! (with Spanish subtitles)  
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Printable tip sheets

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  • 50 Books To Read Before You Are 8
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  • Our suggestions for the must-read books for every child. 
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  • Tips to Read at Home
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  • 10 Things to Know About Reading at Home 
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  • Be A Reading Role Model
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  • Here are some easy ways to be a good reading role model. 
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  • Winter Reading List
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  • Get cozy with winter reading suggestions.  
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  • Bridge the Book Gap
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  • Here are some creative ideas about how to get more books into your home. 
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  • Beat Summer Brain Drain
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  • Every summer kids loose some of the reading gains they make during the school year. Fight back! 
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  • Poetry Please
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  • Sometimes we need to shake things up a bit, to read something that might not normally have a spot on our bookshelves! 
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  • Fall Back Into Reading
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  • Does the busy new school year have you struggling to make reading a priority? 
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  • Reading On The Road
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  • Taking a road trip? This handy printable sheet can be posted on the fridge or shared with family to help you remember to make reading a priority. 
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Games and other fun things

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  • For Sophisticated Readers
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  • Quiz: Are you a sophisticated reader? 
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  • Game of Characters
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  • Quiz: How many characters do you remember from classic children’s books? 
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  • Childhood Electronic Card
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  • Send an electronic card based on a child’s book. 
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  • Roy the Zebra
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  • Loads of interactive reading games and activities at Roy the Zebra 
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  • Songs, ABCs and videos
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  • Songs, ABCs and videos from Super Simple Learning, Time Magazine named this “One of the 50 Best Websites of 2013″. 
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Fun tools that help kids read

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  • Too Small to Fail
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  • Too Small to Fail is a US initiative that helps parents and businesses take meaningful actions to improve the health and well-being of children ages zero to five. The website has lots of valuable resources for parents and shares current research.  
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  • Book Buying Guide
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  • Holiday Book Buying Guide, updated yearly. 
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  • Home-to-School sheet
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  • Printable Home-to-School sheet. 
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  • Calendars
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  • Printable reading calendar. 
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Inspiration

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  • Readers Infographic
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  • An awesome Canadian infographic called Readers can Save the World! 
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Reading about reading

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  • Read-Aloud Handbook
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  • The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease 
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  • Supporting Independent Reading
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  • Good Choice! Supporting Independent Reading and Response K-6 by Tony Stead 
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