Supporting Readers

We want our children to be life-long readers and learners, who read widely, think deeply, and take a critical stance.  To understand how to support readers, let’s start with the goals that we, the support team (caregivers, parents, teachers) have for our children: We want them to be life-long readers and learners who read widely,

Equity Through Book Choice and Community Collaboration

Ms. Brunetta Washington explains how her third-grade students thoughtfully, with great deliberation, assemble their Reading Wish Lists. Next, they want to procure the books they’ve selected for their Wish Lists. After searching their classroom library for their chosen books, they next take their Reading Wish Lists to the Chicago Public Library and, working with the

San Francisco Business Journal

San Francisco Business Journal: How can we motivate children to read?

Calling all civically-minded partners to help spread the joy and power of reading! A rich reading life is the key to a healthier, stronger, and more fulfilling life for us all. Reader’s choice is the spark that ignites the motivation to read—and the reader you support today, may become the innovative problem solver who helps

NQC Literacy: Children are the Curriculum

NQC Literacy is a woman-owned education consulting firm supporting leaders + teachers in all things literacy. Based in Chicago, we work with PreK-8 schools + districts through tailored professional development, individualized teacher coaching + long-term planning for powerful learning experiences in literacy instruction. Our work is grounded in equity, access + multiculturalism. We exalt the

Picture Book Connect: 14 Read-Aloud Lessons

Enjoy the 14 read-aloud lessons included here authored by PAT BARRETT DRAGAN. Each one is designed for you as you read a quality picture book to groups of young children. Simply click on the links below to access each lesson’s PDF. Picture Book Connect: An Introduction  Picture Book Connect, Belonging: Grandmas Tiny House   Picture Book

Pleasure Reading

Stephen Krashen received a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1972. Krashen has published more than 550 articles and books, contributing to the fields of second-language acquisition, bilingual education, and reading. He is renowned for introducing various hypotheses related to second-language acquisition, including the acquistion-learning hypothesis, the input hypothesis, the

Book Cubbies for Carl B. Munck Elementary with Bring Me A Book, Bookelicious, Lowes, and the Palo Alto Rotary Club

Community Literacy in action—the community comes together to bring book abundance and book cubbies to the students of Carl B. Munck Elementary School in Oakland, CA. To view the full story CLICK HERE.

Oral Language Learning: A Stunning Intellectual Achievement and What It Reveals About Human Learning

 Brian Cambourne is presently a Principal Fellow at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He began teaching in 1956 at the age of 19 and spent nine years teaching in a mix of one-room schools and primary classrooms K–6 for the New South Wales Department of Education.  In his tenth year of service for this department

The Power of Reader’s Choice and Identity

In her landmark book, Cultivating Genius, Gholdy Muhammad challenges us to reconsider the heart of teaching: “It is our job as educators to not just teach the skills, but also, to teach students to know, validate, and celebrate who they are (2020).”  At the core of every reader is a sense of self-identity that encompasses

The Flood with Jan Richardson. Early: Level G First Reading with Prompting

Dr. Richardson and her expert team of literacy consultants provide schools and school districts with customized professional development and demonstration lessons designed to equip teachers with practical and effective techniques for strengthening small-group reading instruction. The goal is for every student to become a better reader who just can’t wait to read another book!

Deepening Meaning: Returning to the Book with Kindergartners

This follow-up reading’s focus is about deepening meaning of the book. Debra again models her thinking and invites students to turn-and-talk several times during their second reading of Which Pet is Best?

Stories: Legacies of who we are – Awele Makeba

Storyteller and educator Awele Makeba combines performing arts and history to tell a powerful story from the American civil rights movement.

Tupu Read Aloud: Little Red Hen

Mr. Vosa from The Primary School reads The Little Red Hen by authors Brenda Parkes and Judith Smith and illustrated by Mary Davy. William, better known by his middle name, Vosa, was raised in Redwood City, and is an educator specializing in Early Childhood with an added passion for working with high school and university populations.

We Need To Talk with Tonya Leslie

Dr. Tonya Leslie believes that education must engage cultural consciousness not solely content if the future of our society is to reflect the best of who we are. She specializes in using children’s books to open dialogue around challenging topics.

Spreading the joy of children’s literature

Judy Koch passionately believes in the power of children’s literature to spark lifelong reading habits and change lives —particularly for children in poverty. As a retired CEO, she’s in a position to do something about it. Koch’s Bring Me a Book Foundation, a nonprofit the Leland Manor resident founded nearly 25 years ago, has placed

Building a Love of Books

Palo Alto, CA, – March 25, 2021 – A beautiful spring day created the backdrop for children at The Primary School of East Palo Alto to jump start their reading careers by creating their own personal book cubbyholes. Each child chose two new books to fill their “cubbies” and begin their book collection. Organized to

E3 Youth Philanthropy brings holiday cheer to youth in custody

Carol Rhoads, a Santa Clara County juvenile justice commissioner, reached out to Judy Crates, director of LACF’s E3 Youth Philanthropy program. E3 offers local high school students the opportunity to learn about philanthropy and gain hands-on leadership experience in grantmaking and service to nonprofit organizations. Rhoads explained that the holiday season would be bleak for

Effective Teaching of Reading: What Parents and Families Can Do

Timothy V. Rasinski is a professor of literacy education and holds the Rebecca Tolle and Burton W. Gorman Chair in Educational Leadership at Kent State University. He has written more than 200 articles and has authored, co-authored, or edited more than 30 books or curriculum programs on reading education.

Library of Congress Literacy Awards

Since 2013, the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program has awarded $2,247,250 million in prizes to 136 institutions in 36 countries. By recognizing current achievements, the awards seek to enable any organization or program that does not operate on a for-profit basis to strengthen its involvement in literacy and reading promotion and to encourage collaboration with like-minded organizations.

Judy Koch: Bringing high-quality books to all children

For a woman who continues to insist that she “never wanted a career,” Judy Koch has taken some surprising turns in her life. After spending a decade helping her husband run their family-owned sheet metal company, the couple decided to divorce in 1989. At the time, Koch thought to herself, “‘I never really wanted a