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Oct. 19, 2011 at 8:41am Family Literacy Day

Get ready for National Family Literacy Day.  It's coming on November 1st.  What will you do to celebrate literacy with your family?  Family literacy is something that should be encouraged all year round. Brainstorm ways you can keep your family engaged in reading on a regular basis!


Here is an idea to try: invite family members to read a favorite story from their childhood, or their child's favorite bedtime story. (Grandparents can share both their child's and their grandchild's favorites!)

Did you know that children’s reading scores improve dramatically when their parents are involved in helping them learn to read.

Here are some resources to check out:

  •  provides access to quality practices in reading and language arts instruction with free materials.

  • Hennepin County Library has lots of resources for the whole family.
  • National Center for Family Literacy provides resources for parents and teachers, including podcasts, interactive games and free courses to foster powerful school-parent-child partnerships and improve literacy outcomes for children and adults.

  • Thinkfinity Literacy Network provides information about literacy challenges in the U.S. and free online courses for adult and family literacy educators, as well as resources for families. 

  • Reading Rockets  offers  family literacy bags and other resources.

  • Parent Resources at the International Reading Association offers a series of brochures with literacy tips intended for parents. Some of the topics covered include reading with young children, watching television together, surfing the Web, the importance of nutrition, and more. Brochures are available for download in both English and Spanish.
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