Reading Resources for Students & Parents

We designed READS for children in 2nd through 5th grade.  Our goal is to improve reading comprehension by fostering children’s engagement with books.  We believe that children are “engaged” with books when they are motivated to read them on their own and in ways that increase their reading comprehension. The three key elements (“ABCs”) of READS  are:

ccess to books at home, including a wide variety of texts.

B ooks that are well-matched to each child’s reading level and interests.

omprehension activities, to help advance students' reading ability.

We encourage parents to read along with your child and
to do the online activities with them!

What is the READS reading program?

 Read more about our work in this Wallace Foundation report
READS: Helping Children Become Summer Bookworms

Free access to READS reading resources!

The READS program is designed for use by  parents, teachers, and community partners and is free for all to use.  We particularly encourage parents to read with their students and to complete the activities that go along with each book.  Reading together is fun!

Using the program is easy . . .

First, learn about the READS Reading Routines for fiction and nonfiction books.  
These before-you-read activities are fun and are designed to support reading
engagement and comprehension. 

Children and families can follow along with Ms. B as she demonstrates how to: 

  • Make a "story" or "main idea" prediction

  • Revise your prediction

  • Share what you've learned with a family member!

 

Then, click here to create a free account and log on to our activities portal. This will give you access to all of the READS reading activities, including story predictions and main idea predictions. 

Finally, click on one of the links below and pick a book to read. Choose from a list of fun fiction and nonfiction books found on OverDrive (a free service linking public libraries). 

Select a Book!

We're in the process of adding more Grade 2-4 books to this list.  We're working quickly!

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