How to Raise a Reader


Parents are a child's first teacher. Take a look at the articles to keep up to date on the latest research geared towards raising a reader.

You can also search the Library's databases.

2012 Kids & Family Reading Report:
Turning the Page in the Digital Age
Scholastic (September 2012)

2015 Kids & Family Reading Report
The State of Kids and Reading
Scholastic (2015)

Blair, Leslie
Easy Ways to Help Your Child Learn to Read
National PTA

Brazelton MD, T. Berry and Sparrow MD, Joshua
Early Childhood Family Education

Colker, Laura
Family Involvement: A Key Ingredient in Children's Reading Success

Cross, Carrie
Ten Things That Parents Can Do to Promote & Develop Literacy
Global Post (2014)

Parent Involvement in Early Literacy (2013)

Fowler MBA, Dora
Raising Emotionally Healthy Children

Get Ready to Read
Promoting Family Literacy: Raising Ready Readers
Get Ready To Read (2014)

Giammarino, Daniella
How to Promote Literacy at Home with Books, Games, and Apps
A Child Grows in Brooklyn (2013)

Help Me Grow Michigan
Help Me Grow Family Newsletters

Herron, Kelsey
Supporting Digital Kids in the Early Learning Years
Common Sense Media (2012)

McMahon, Regan
How To Raise a Reader
Common Sense Media (July 2014)

Michigan Great Start Systems Team
Social Emotional Guide for Parents

Miller, Susan
Helping Parents Parent

Myers, Pam
Keep the Reading Going All Summer Long
Child Development Institute (2014)

National Association for the Education of Young Children
Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8 (2012)

O'Keeffe, Pauline
Back to school tips for Parents

PBS Parents
How to Create a Literate Home: Young Child and Kindergartener (2013)

20 Ways to Boost your Baby’s Brain Power

Scholastic Media Room
New Study on Kids' Reading in the Digital Age: the Number of Kids Reading eBooks Has Nearly Doubled Since 2010 (2013)

Square Space
Child Development Chart

Square Space
Learn and Grow Activities

Wilson, Ruth
Using the Environment to Promote Early Literacy
Early Childhood News (2012)

Zero to Three
Screen Sense: Setting the Record Straight
Zero to Three (2014)

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