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  • New Books for Women's History Month
    Meet fascinating girls and women — champions for education, science, justice and more
  • New Booklist! Signs of Spring
    April blooms: fresh colors, showy flowers, busy insects ... and poetry in the air!
  • Choosing and Using Kids' Books
    Tips on finding great books and using them at home and in the classroom
  • Reading Tips for Parents in 11 Languages
    How to help your kids (babies to grade 3) build their literacy skills!
  • Celebrate Music and Musicians!
    Fiction and nonfiction books, activities, apps and websites all about music
  • Nonfiction Read-Alouds
    Teacher-tested strategies for choosing and using informational texts in the classroom
  • Adventures in Learning
    Themed books and activities that inspire reading, writing, and conversations with kids
  •  Meet Writer Tonya Bolden
    A deep passion for history and historymakers, shared through her books for young people
  • Reading Adventure Packs for Families
    Robots, stars, flight, dinosaurs, oceans, bees, building, music and more!
  • Nonfiction for Kids
    Great kids' books, tips on reading nonfiction text and more
  • What a Story!
    Hints on how to read aloud to a group

Librarians and the Common Core

Public and school librarians have a critical role in the Common Core classroom: sharing their expert knowledge of quality nonfiction books for kids, how to find primary sources, and information and media literacy.

Children's books and authors

Nonfiction for Kids

Nonfiction for Kids

Watch your favorite writers talk about how they research and write their nonfiction books for children. You'll also find tip sheets for parents on how to read nonfiction text, developing research and information literacy, the importance of reading across genres, and more. And, articles for teachers on the best ways to use nonfiction texts effectively in the classroom.

Themed Booklists

Themed Booklists

Sometimes it just takes one wonderful book to turn a kid into a reader. Tap into what interests your child. Browse these themed booklists selected by Maria Salvadore, our children's literature expert.

Start with a Book

Start with a Book

Visit our new companion website, chockfull of great fiction and nonfiction books, hands-on activities, parent tips, and much more. 24 kid-friendly themes to explore, share, and use for children's programs.

Author and Illustrator Interviews

Author and Illustrator Interviews

Watch Reading Rockets' exclusive video interviews with award winning children's book authors and illustrators. You'll find more than 100 interviews!

Author Studies

Author Studies

From setting a purpose for your study to choosing and researching the author to developing a culminating project, our author study toolkit will help create a rich, engaging classroom experience.

A Welcoming Library

At the Oyster Bilingual School library, English language learners can practice reading in a room filled with books in both English and Spanish.

Fun stuff

Literacy Calendar

Literacy Calendar

Find out what's happening each month in the world of reading. We have lots of resources and ideas for celebrating Read Across America, Poetry Month, D.E.A.R., el día de los niños, Read for the Record, cultural heritage months and more.

E-Cards for Readers

E-Cards for Readers

Motivate the special children in your life to read and read some more! Send one of the free e-cards below to a child, student, grandchild, colleague, or friend. The e-cards were created for Reading Rockets by award-winning children's book illustrators.

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The Show Me Librarian: Amy Koester
March 21, 2017
The team of folks here at my library who curate the Civic Lab were having a meeting a few weeks ag
January 28, 2017
My library aims to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day each year with multigenerational programming that engages our community on issues from Dr. King's work and themes in his speeches and writing.
December 4, 2016
When we started the Civic Lab at the end of this past summer, we knew one of our major goals would

Our Literacy Blogs

Book Life
Rachael Walker
March 23, 2017

Connecting with Parents

Growing Readers Newsletter: Monthly Tips for Parents
Parent Reading Tips in Eleven Languages
Reading Adventure Packs
Back to School!
"I used to walk to school with my nose buried in a book." — Coolio