A Resource Guide for Young Readers and Writers

Reading and writing not only helps children perform well in school, it boosts their creativity. When a young child reads a book or has a book read to them, they are able to imagine worlds that are different from the one they live in. Reading and writing are also essential for developing language skills. When a child reads, they are exposed to new vocabulary words and are exposed to different methods of communication. Developing writing skills helps children learn to express themselves clearly through language.

Reading, Literacy and Your Child
An article from the University of Michigan on the importance of reading for children. Also includes suggestions for parents to help them encourage reading in children.

Emergent Writing
Article from PBS on teaching writing to very young learners. The article discusses the importance of teaching writing alongside reading for developing language skills.

Why is Reading Aloud to Young Children So Important? The Importance of Early Literacy - and Early Intervention
Facts explaining the value of introducing children to reading at a young age.

The Importance of Literacy and Books in Children's Development
Article arguing the value of books and reading to a child's development.

Helping Young Children Develop Strong Writing Skills
Discusses the importance of learning to write in childhood and beyond. Has tips for parents to help them encourage writing at home. For example, parents can suggest that a child write letters to friends and relatives.

Parent Proven Tips to Get Kids Reading
Ideas from parents to encourage children to read. Suggestions include reading books together and engaging children in simple reading activities, such as reading road signs.

75 Quick Ways to Get and Keep Kids Reading
A long list of fun ideas that will get children reading books and other written materials. The list is adapted from The Reluctant Reader: How to Get and Keep Kids Reading, by Wendy M. Williams.

Getting Kids to Read
Radio segment from NPR's "Talk of the Nation." Features Jon Scieszka, author of The Stinky Cheeseman, and author Paul Kropp, who wrote How to Make Your Child a Reader For Life.

100 Books Every Child Should Read Part 1
A list of books that every young child should read, from the Telegraph. Books on the list include classics such as Where the Wild Things Are and Yertle the Turtle.

10 Years of Newbery Winners
List of Newbery award winners and honors from 2000 to 2010. The Newbery Award is given yearly to the "most distinguished contribution" to children's literature. It began in 1922 and is named after John A. Newbery, who published books for children.

2011 Notables List
Every year, the American Library Association recognizes the best books published for children. This list includes books from 2011 for young readers through older readers, as well as books for all ages.

100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know
List of 100 children's picture books from the New York Public Library.

10 Tips for Writing a Short Story
10 simple tips to help children write a short story, from Dennis Jerz, professor of English at Seton Hill University.

Creative Writing Projects
Fun ideas to get children writing and help them learn about the nervous system at the same time.

Instant Poetry Forms
Samples of poem forms. Examples include the septet, haiku and poems in the style of William Carlos Williams. Also has easier for forms for younger children.

Sausage Poems
Exercise teaching children how to write "sausage" poems, in which the words in the poem are linked by using the same letters or sounds at the beginning and the end. Also suitable for ESL students.

Writing a Journal
Advice on using journaling to help ESL children learn English and develop their English writing skills.

J.K. Rowling
Biography for J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, popular with children and adults.

Laura Ingalls Wilder
Biographical article on Laura Ingalls Wilder, who wrote the Little House on the Prairie series.

Roald Dahl
Biography of Roald Dahl, written by students. Dahl wrote the classic children's books Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach.

Authors, Writers, Editors
US Bureau of Labor Statistics report on a career as a writer or editor. Written in easy-to-understand language, it describes the training and skills needed to become an editor or writer as well as the average salary and job prospects.

Librarian Career
Description of a librarian and examples of locations a librarian can work.

Scribes and Scribblers
Information on Scribes and Scribblers, a summer camp for children who want to write. The camp is a program of the Aspen Writers Foundation in Colorado.

Idaho Writing Camps
Summer camp for students in 3rd through 12th grade, sponsored by the Cabin. At camp, children work with professional writers on stories and other works that are published in a book at the end of the week.

After School Programs
Description of after school programs hosted by Writers in the Schools, a Houston-based organization that teaches children the joy of writing and reading.

Tidewater Writing Camp
Annual camp held at Virginia Friend's School. Features classes in creative writing for students from grade 2 to grade 8.

Mighty Writers
Information on Mighty Writers, a Philadelphia area program that teaches children to write to boost their self-esteem and help them succeed.

To Autumn
Annotated version of John Keat's poem, "To Autumn." Also includes a guide to help children understand the poem's meaning and context.

Children's Poetry Archive
Features interviews with poets, as well as poems written for children. Visitors to the site can choose to hear the poem read or read it themselves.

Moving into Reading: Preschool through Grade Two
Activities parents can use to encourage young children to read and to promote a reading-friendly home environment.

Mrs. Acton's Favorite Poems
A few of the favorite poems of Mrs. Acton, a high school and middle school English teacher. Includes the texts of the poems.

Children's Books that Encourage Healthy Eating
A list of books that children can read to learn more about nutrition and health.

Challenged Children's Books
List of books for children, from picture books to more complicated chapter books, that were banned after being published for one reason or another. Books on the list include The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.

The Value of Literacy Skills
Article on the importance of learning to read and write.

Steve Graham on the Importance of Learning to Write Well
A video featuring professor Steve Graham, discussing the value of writing.

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