Check out our Facebook Page for read-aloud videos featuring authors and celebrities!

Racial Justice and Equity Resources

Find great resources, including book recommendations, to talk with children about race HERE.

Find Black Lives Matter recommended children’s books HERE.

Find virtual events and other online recommendations for promoting Racial Justice directed to Community Members, Teachers, Parents, and sections for Grades K-2 vs 3-4 HERE.

Read Aloud from Home

FREE E-BOOKS, MAGAZINES, AND AUDIOBOOKS

IF YOU HAVE A LIBRARY CARD# – Use the Libby app on your smartphone to check out e-books and audiobooks using your library card! On Android or Apple devices.

Stay Home – Candlewick Press offers free pdf download of a book about the Coronavirus pandemic and it’s implications. Please preview carefully before reading aloud to make sure it is appropriate developmentally for your audience.

Epic – copy your code below, click this link,  and create a profile. All you need to do so is to type your name, and then you will be able to access and track your reading! 

Kindergarten – Use Class Code cea5738 

1st Grade – Use Class Code tqk0948

2nd Grade – Use Class Code jhq8950

3rd Grade – Use Class Code hrz2448

4th Grade – Use Class Code lwn6652

Room to Read  – An online library made available by nonprofit dedicated to global literacy and gender equity.

International Children’s Digital Library – Books in different languages in -app, limited selection.

Audible – Free (for now) Children’s Audiobooks

CELEBRITY, AUTHOR, AND OTHER VIDEO READ-ALOUDS

Storyline Online by the SAG-AFRA Foundation

Storytime from Space – Exactly as advertised. Fantastic!

Julie’s Library – Read-aloud podcast featuring Julie Andrews and her daughter, a children’s book author

Just Books – Audio/visual read alouds

Brightly Storytime – Selection of video read-alouds, sortable by age.

Kate Messner’s Library of Resources

Useful Websites and Videos 

Wide Open School  – Collection of activities and resources to support learning from home. Check out the Reading/Writing Page!

Find a short instructional video about how to engage children in dialogue while reading aloud HERE and more on active reading HERE.

Dialogic Reading Article by Reading Rockets

Scholastic’s Kids & Family Reading Report

Relevant Articles

Why Some People Become Lifelong Readers by Joe Pinsker; September 19, 2019

The Power of Relationships Study from the National Mentoring Partnership 2018

Why Reading Aloud to Kids is Important by Sedley Abercrombie; April 28, 2017; Journal of the American Association of School Librarians

Study Says Reading Aloud, More Than Talking, Builds Literacy by Susan Frey; July 18, 2015; Edsource

An Evidence-based Approach to Improving Literacy Through Mentoring by Jean Rhodes; July 21, 2013; The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring

Books

The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease

Additional resources from Jim Trelease available on his website.

Reading Magic by Mem Fox

Read-aloud tips by Mem Fox here.

Resources Created or Compiled by Read to a Child

Literacy is a Basic Need – White Paper

Why We Insist that Volunteers, Not Students, Read Aloud

Engaging Your Student

Engaging Your Student – From Volunteer Manual

Making Connections

Tips for Book Selection

Tips for Book Selection – From Volunteer Manual

How to Choose a Book

Reading Up