Literacy is Important for Life
Literacy (with books and other media) will play a role in education and employment throughout each student's life. There are many ways to encourage students to become more literate about reading, technology, and other ways of finding information.
One of the most rewarding ways is to read together at home. If you do not have many books at home, there are a number of sites which can help with this. One is magickeys.com, which has numerous storybooks. You can also access Tumblebooks through the Galesburg Public Library website. There are a few other things worth noting on the Children's Room section of the website. For more assistance in helping your child with literacy at home, check out the We-FLI website. The Links to Literacy tab has a lot of information to help you at home.
Try your local library for new books and programs. Ours is the Galesburg Public Library. Watch their site for updates since they frequently have activities and programs for a variety of age groups. They also have books you can download--ebooks and audiobooks--if you have a library card! The librarians can help you select a book. If you want to go with some ideas, try out a site dedicated to what teachers have picked as the best children's books.
How to choose a book that is just right
It can take some practice to figure out what books are right for you. This video shows a good way to do that.
Check out some award-winning books!
Newbery Medal and Honor books since 1922
"The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." ala.org
Caldecott Medal books
"The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children." ala.org
Pura Belpré Award books
"The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth." ala.org
Batchelder Award books
"The Batchelder Award is given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States." ala.org
(Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award books
"The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year." ala.org
(Laura Ingalls) Wilder Award books
"The Wilder Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children." ala.org
Monarch Award books
"The name Monarch was chosen because of its familiarity to K-3 children and to symbolize the growth, change and freedom that becoming a reader brings. The Monarch is designed to encourage children to read critically and become familiar with children's books, authors and illustrators." islma.org
Bluestem Award books
"The award is designed for students in grades 3-5 who are ready for longer titles than found on the Monarch list, but not quite ready for the sophistication of some of the Rebecca Caudill titles. Named in honor of Big Bluestem which is the state prairie grass, the award may include both timeless classics and current titles, as well as books that have appeared on Monarch and Rebecca Caudill lists." islma.org
Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award books
"The award is named in honor of Rebecca Caudill who lived and wrote in Urbana, Illinois, for nearly 50 years. The award is given in recognition for her literary talent and the universal appeal of her books which have touched the hearts of many children and young adults." rcyrba.org
Is this book just right for me?
You can check the AR reading level here.
Still not certain if you want a library card?
Check out this video for a little bit of inspiration--and a good chuckle!
Even if you can't make it to your local public library, there are tons of resources out there! Check out this free resource for books! You will need an email address to sign up so that you can log in, but it is completely free to use. We Give Books has more than 150 books that can be read online! Wow!
Why is it important to read at home?
There have been many studies that explain the importance of reading at home. This one, for example. Below is a good visual explaining why it is so important to read together at home.