I’m going to share with you the best bloggers and websites in early literacy that you should definitely check out!
By the end of this post, you will have had a peek into what each of these leaders have to offer and an idea of what activities and information you can find on their website.
Are you ready? Let’s get started!
Leader #1: Growing Book By Book
If you’re looking for a reading expert, check out Growing Book By Book. Jodie’s blog is filled with all things literacy. You can find childrens book lists, alphabet and phonological awareness activities, and even a guide to starting a Family Dinner Book Club. What an awesome idea?! She’s been teaching in early childhood schools for over 20 years and has also been a Reading Specialist and Literacy coach (among many other things)!
One of the coolest things about her website is the (FREE!) Growing Book By Book Community. Once you join, you will have access to extra content that includes additional activities, articles for more information on reading & literacy, and resources to promote literacy through play.
You can learn more about Growing Book By Book here.
Leader #2: Buggy and Buddy
At Buggy and Buddy, you will find a huge selection of activities for your kids. Chelsey is a mom of two and a former teacher, and her blog reflects that! You can find tons of art, literacy, math, and STEM activities on her site. In addition, she has book set suggestions to help you find children’s books about a particular theme. There’s so much to explore, I could spend hours looking around at all that she has to offer.
One of my favorite things about her site is a section for book activities. Chelsey has dozens of children’s books (listed alphabetically) and one or more activities linked to go along with the book. For example, after reading a family favorite, Beautiful Oops!, she and her children used torn newspaper pieces to inspire a painting. There are many more equally creative book crafts to try on her blog!
You can learn more about Buggy and Buddy here.
Leader #3: This Reading Mama
Becky at This Reading Mama has a plethora of information if you’re looking for help teaching your child to read. Her blog is perfect for homeschooling parents and also parents who want to supplement the reading instruction their child is getting at school. She breaks down the learning-to-read process and provides phonics and literacy activities to help guide you through.
For downloadable resources, check out her Free Printables! You can find everything from alphabet to higher level comprehension activities–many of them are hands-on tasks that really keep kids engaged.
You can learn more about This Reading Mama here.
Leader #4: Reading Rockets
Reading Rockets is a gold mine of literacy information. One of my former principals suggested this site when I had asked her for some literacy resources that I could look through over summer break one year. I found best practices to help improve my teaching and reading instruction. You can find research-based strategies to help your child become a great reader.
Under the “Audience” tab on the home page, you’ll see a section for parents. There are a whole slew of articles that range from reading tips for toddlers and preschoolers to themed book lists and a guide to creating your home library.
You can learn more about Reading Rockets here.
Leader #5: The Children’s Book Review
This website is exactly what it sounds like–a place to find children’s books and read a snippet about the plot! The books are grouped by age, subject, or format (board book, chapter book, etc.). Each review also has a link to buy the book and information about the author. You’ll be sure to find the perfect books to add to your child’s home library!
One more thing to note, The Children’s Book Review has a section for Author and Illustrator interviews! Older kids might find these interviews interesting and a fun way to get to know the authors and illustrators of their favorite books.
You can learn more about The Children’s Book Review here.
Let’s Sum It Up!
As you can see from the bloggers and websites above, there is so much information to share about how to guide your children to become lifelong book lovers and strong readers! Engaging in fun, book related activities is a great way to connect with your child and let them know reading is important and enjoyable!
Do you have any other reading experts you follow? I’d love for you to share in the comments!