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What does reading have to do with it?

Links to personal pages and literacy-based web sites.

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A book titled Literature Links (DLM,1991), by Sharon Richardson, led to a personal quest for books that reinforce thematic vocabulary, grammatical structures, and speech sounds that I frequently target in therapy.  Another great reference is Books Are For Talking, Too! by Jane L. Gebers. (PRO-ED, 2003).

Books, Stories, and Games that Reinforce Speech Sound Targets.

Favorite Early Childhood Thematic Books.

Sample Book Bag Parent Letter - My book bags typically include a "classic" children's book, a parent letter, an inventory sheet, a reading journal, miniatures, masks, recipes, songs, and wipe-off or interactive/velcro worksheets.

The Children's Literature Web Guide - "Internet Resources Related to Books for Children and Young Adults.

Wyoma Clouss' - "Reading, Writing, Literacy, and Language."

Reading Rockets - Tips for parents and teachers to teach reading.

Carol Hursts' Children's Literature Site

Storyplace - Children's Digital Library.  Pre-K and Elementary reading lists and thematic stories/activities.

Nick Jr. - Beautiful stories read aloud by famous personalities.

Starfall - "Free on-line service to help children learn to read."  Early to advanced emergent reader games, books, and movies.  Information and printed materials for parents and educators.

Rick Walton - Author Rick Walton's book-based curricular suggestions, alphabetical listings and extension activities for comparatives and superlatives, compound words, irregular verbs and more.

BookHive - A "guide to children's literature and books" based on age and interest.

San Diego County Office of Education Teacher CyberGuides -  K-12 standards based activities using children's literature.

Kiddyhouse - Literature based lessons plans and resources featuring authors like Eric Carle.

Educator's Reference Desk - Language arts lessons plans for grammar, literature, storytelling, listening comprehension, phonics, vocabulary and more.

Arkansas Department of Human Services Story of the Month - Activities and downloadable patterns.

KYREADS - Book folders arranged alphabetically.  Include challenging words, summaries, conversation questions, and activities.

Mrs. Taylor's Literacy Props - Book, song, and fingerplay patterns for flannelboard, story apron, and puppets.

BookBag - Book, parent letter, and activity ideas.

KinderPond's Discovery Bags

Story Arts Online - Storytelling/retelling lesson plans and activities. Listening and speaking assessment.

Children's Literature Activities for the Classroom - Links by grade level, genre, and book title.

Laura Smolkin's Webbing Into Literacy - A Head Start program.   Nursery rhyme, book-a-week, and alphabet book units and downloadables for early literacy development.

ReadWriteThink -  Interactive, printable resources to support literacy.  Graphic organizers, story maps, "Eye on Idioms," "What's in the bag?" descriptive language riddles.

Dr. LeBeau's Picture Book Bibliography - Wordless, math, science and social studies-related picture book lists.

EdHelper - Graphic organizers, language arts and literature units.

EduPlace - Reading and language arts resources that include text support, graphic organizers, and activities.

CBeebies Story Circle - BBC's online stories, fairy tales, and poems.

Hubbard's Cupboard - PreK to K literacy activities and story lessons.

Marcia's Lessons - Many literacy and thematic activity links.

Pizzaz - "...simple creative writing and storytelling activities with copyable handouts."

Get Ready to Read - Screening tool, online games, activity cards, and literacy checklists.

Reader's Theater - Scripts and plays to read and print.

Lil' Fingers - Storybooks, games, and activities with "bright colors and big buttons" for toddlers.

Kiz Club - Narrated and printable leveled stories.

Phonological Awareness 1 - K through 1st grade phonological awareness, phonics, fluency and vocabulary activities from the Florida Center for Reading Research.

Phonological Awareness 2 - 52-page "Ideas and Activities for Developing Phonological Awareness Skills"

Phonological Awareness 3 - Informal skills assessments and kindergarten inventory.

DIBELS Interventions Electrified - Interactive letter recognition, rhyme, letter-sound, and word games and templates.

Compact for Reading - Reading guides and kits designed to set goals and provide lessons and activities for K-3rd grade.
"...a good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever."
Martin Farquhar Tupper (1810 - 1889)

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