*New Raising Readers Resources (as of August 2020)*
Raising Readers’ Book Lists are downloadable and printable lists for you to explore with your little. See every picture book we’ve ever given on a master list or filtered by age group (2, 3, 4, and 5 year old books).
2020 Resources for Families is a list of state and national resources to help families engage with their children (age birth-5) in these unprecedented times. We update this list regularly, so check back often!
Book Fairy Pantry Project is a grassroots family literacy movement. Volunteer book fairy helpers collect new and gently used, quality children’s books from donation boxes and book drives and deliver them to participating food pantries and WIC offices to be given out to parents.
Curious City DPW produces free kidlit programming guides, lesson plans, videos, and other tools to engage children deeper in the literature created for them.
I’m Your Neighbor Books is a nonprofit organization that highlights the lives of New Arrivals and New Americans through the sharing of children’s literature. I’m Your Neighbor Books is home to The Welcoming Library, a pop-up community conversation on immigration driven by a collection of picture books featuring these new families.
Literacy for ME is Maine’s comprehensive state literacy plan. Literacy for ME unifies the efforts of several state agencies and community groups as well as Maine’s public schools to provide direction and support to improve literacy achievement in Maine communities.
Literacy Volunteers provide student-focused tutoring (one to one or in small groups) in basic literacy and English as a Second Language at no charge to the student. Search the web for “literacy volunteers Maine” to find local affiliates.
Maine Adult Education provides adults with educational opportunities to acquire and improve their literacy skills.
Maine Humanities uses old-school tools – books, poetry, and big ideas – to foster meaningful connection and positive change in communities throughout Maine.
The University of Maine College of Education and Human Development – Susan Bennett-Armistead, PhD is an associate professor of literacy education and the Correll Professor of Early Literacy at the University of Maine. Dr. Bennett-Armistead speaks internationally on literacy development in young children as well as on the role that parents can play in that development.
Maine Libraries provide diverse collections of books and other resources in communities large and small across the state. Library services are designed to meet the educational, informational, recreational and cultural needs of their communities.
More Maine Library Resources
- Early Literacy Page—information about early literacy and five easy ways to help your child develop literacy skills: talk, sing, read, write, play.
- Find a Public Library in Maine
- Talking Books Plus/Library Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (incl. children’s books)
- Literacy for ME: Maine’s Statewide Literacy Plan
America’s Literacy Directory — a list of literacy and educational resources for adult learners.
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy — Did you know that the #1 determinant of children’s future academic success is their mother’s level of education? The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is committed to breaking the multigenerational cycle of low literacy, working to ensure that all American adults have the opportunity to read, write, and comprehend in order to navigate the world with dignity—and to raise the next generation of readers.
Unite For Literacy’s Free Digital Library: A digital library that includes over 500 books with narrations in 50+ languages. Access is free to everyone without logins or ads.
Download award-winning adult literacy apps at the links below or visit barbarabush.org for more information.
Get Ready to Read! is designed to support educators, parents, and young children in the development of early literacy skills in the years before kindergarten.
Little Free Library is a 501c nonprofit organization that promotes neighborhood book exchanges, usually in the form of a public bookcase.
National Association for the Education of Young Children help your child fall in love with reading.
Reading Bright Start! provides tips on helping a child learn to read with reading resources and reading activities.
Reach Out and Read is a national program similar to Raising Readers with recommended book lists, information on importance of reading aloud and reading tips.
Reading Rockets isa literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.
Zero to Three: provides resources and communications to help parents support healthy growth, development, early language and literacy of their infants and toddlers.
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