Encouraging first grade readers

How do you motivate and teach kids to read? Check these favorite sources for tips and helpful advice for parents.

How to hook them on books

First grade children are moving from the stage of “emergent reading“ to “real“ reading. It‘s the perfect time to hook them on books by:

  • having regular family read-aloud sessions
  • getting their first library card
  • storytelling and poetry
  • starting home libraries
  • doing literature enrichment activities at home (word games, word jars, word scavenger hunts)
  • writing their own “books”
  • receiving their first children‘s magazine subscription

Websites

Reading Rockets — Information about teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle
BookAdventure — Providing fun ideas, informative articles and Internet tools to enhance your child‘s education
Reading Is Fundamental — Tips and articles on teaching and motivating kids to read
Kids Health — Providing doctor approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence
Reach Out and Read — Supporting children‘s language and literacy development
Family.com — Disney’s family site
Children's Literacy Initiative — The best tips and books for helping kids read aloud
Early Connections — Articles about how children learn and use technology, including tips for parents
School-Home Links Reading Kit — A list of 100 activities for first graders, organized by literacy skill
Becoming a Reader — Information for parents to help their children become reading successes
Helping Children Succeed in School — Suggestions for educational activities and resources that parents can use to help their children succeed in school
Resources on Early Learning: Tip Sheets — Information on childrens‘ early care and education for parents, caregivers, and teachers of young children

Tips from the U. S . Department of Education

For great ideas and information to help your first grade reader, see Helping Your Child Become a Reader or Reading Tips for Parents both on the U.S. Department of Education website or call 1–800-USA-Learn.

The information on this page was compiled as part of Reading First at Your Library, an outreach program of the Champaign Public Library, supported by a Back to Books grant from the Illinois State Library, a Division of the Office of Secretary of State.