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Early Literacy Resource Links For Parents and Caregivers
Below are links to early literacy resources in Michigan and around the country. You can also find background information in the About Michigan Reads! section and materials from individual program years in the links on the left.


Activity-Oriented Sites

• Camp Wonderopolis

• Day By Day VA: Family Literacy Calendar 365 days of activities, book suggestions, materials, etc. Great site!

• Free Picture eBooks for Adults Who Read With Children PDF icon

• Lil Fingers Interactive Storybooks

• Literacy Center Education Network

• PBS Kids Ready to Learn

• Play Grow Read! from the Kent District Library

• Preschool Express

• Read Site encouraging 15 minutes of reading a day to young children

• Reading Rockets Reading Tips for Parents by Grade

• Ready 2 Read!

Developmental Stages

• Reach out and Read Developmental Milestones of Early Literacy (English) PDF icon

• 0-5 Developmental Timeline PDF icon

• 0-5 Literacy Development Timeline PDF icon

• Reading Rockets Developmental Milestones

Book Lists

• Read-A-Likes for Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band PDF icon

• Read-A-Likes for Woolbur PDF icon

• Read-A-Likes: Books with Rhyme, Rhythm, and Repetition PDF icon

• Books to Read to Babies PDF icon

• Books to Read to Toddlers and Preschoolers PDF icon

• Many More Books to Read by Age Group or Theme PDF icon

• Books About Reading to Young Children PDF icon

• Books for Adults Who Read to Babies PDF icon

• Books for Adults Who Read to Toddlers and Preschoolers PDF icon

• Recommended Literature List California Dept. of Education database of K-12 literature with annotations that include Common Core standards, non-English language items, cultural relevancy, etc.

• Online Story Books for Children (free) PDF icon

In-State Organizations Supporting Early Literacy

• Capital Area Literacy Coalition

• Dominican Adult Literacy Center

• Grow Up Reading!

• Macomb Literacy Partners

• Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children

• Michigan Head Start Association

• Michigan Reading Association

• Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Michigan Chapter

Organizations Supporting Early Literacy

• Association for Library Service to Children A resource for those supporting children's literacy development through libraries, the website includes booklists, a list of the most notable children's books by year, and website suggestions for children.

• Born Learning

• Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning This website is a national resource center than includes multiple resources for educators, including research briefs, tool kits, training modules, and booklists.

• Colorin Colorado This bilingual website provides information for parents and educators of children who are English language learners. The site includes information about supporting literacy development, research, tip sheets for parents and educators, and booklists.

• Family Literacy Resources from the Collaborative Summer Library Program

• Heifer International

• Help Me Grow - Resources

• Let's Read, Let's Move at Serve.Gov

• National Association for the Education of Young Children

• Reading Is Fundamental

• Reading Rockets

• Zero to Three Zero to Three is a website that provides information to parents and caregivers about the social-emotional development of infants and toddlers. The site includes downloadable resources, webinars, and other tools to support the development of social-emotional skills.

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