Helping Your Child With Reading

There are many different ideas about the best ways to help children learn to read, or help struggling readers. Some consistent suggestions include: reading aloud to children, providing frequent opportunities for children to practice their reading with material they enjoy, and developing vocabulary - the number of words a child knows. Some books we recommend for learning more about how a child acquires and builds reading skills, include:

Some of our favorite suggestions from these educators are included on our handout:

Some websites with literacy activities and advice for parents

  • Read Write Think
    Use the search tool to find fun interactives and online resources that promote comprehension, critial thinking and other literacy skills.
  • Reading Rockets
    A national multimedia project, Reading Rockets offers research-based and best-practice information on teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle. Includes section on the ABCs of Teaching Reading, free reading guides and other resources for parents and teachers.

You can also find in our collection and on our website

For additional information

  • Help My Child Read
    Compiled by the U.S. Department of Education, this page includes publications from a variety of sources with suggestions for how to help a child learn to read. Some of the publications are produced by the U.S. Department of Education, such as "Helping Your Child Become a Reader."
  • Staff Picks for Kids
    See the lists of Too-Good-To-Miss titles for recommendations of some our favorite stories for children by grade level.
  • Novelist Plus (Need library card to access from outside the library)
    Search for stories based on child's interest, age or grade level, or lexile reading level.
  • Sight Words
    "Sight Words" are words that appear frequently in reading material for beginning readers. Many of these words are difficult to sound out with the usual decoding rules and, thus, are good ones to memorize.

    For more information about the role of sight words in learning to read, see: