If you are a parent, volunteer, family member, or just a caring individual, you may find these tip sheets helpful when reading with a child.


Importance of School Attendance

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

Importance of Reading Aloud

Reading aloud to young children is the single most effective thing parents can do to help prepare their children to succeed in school. Unfortunately, fewer than half of U.S. children ages 5 and under are read to every day, placing them at risk for reading delays and school failure. [...more]

Literacy Milestones

Perhaps the most popular literacy materials that Reach Out and Read produces are its “Developmental Milestones of Early Literacy.” Developmental Milestones of Early Literacy, written by pediatricians, provides guidance for parents and doctors on appropriate book-related behaviors for ages 6 months through 5 years. [...more]

Reading Tips for Parents and Educators

Click for some of Reach Out and Read’s “doctor-recommended” reading tips for parents with young children. Reach Out and Read encourages all parents to make reading with their children part of the daily routine. [...more]

Books for Children

Reach Out and Read’s providers have been distributing books and dispensing literacy guidance for more than 20 years. In that time, they’ve developed a list of some of the best books for each age group of children, as well as lists of books specifically targeted for certain communities. [...more]

Reach Out and Read Illinois Facts

A summary of the impact Reach Out and Read has in Illinois. [...more]

Additional Resources

Links to the websites of other organizations that work to support early childhood literacy. [...more].


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