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Reading Literacy/Literature

Reading literacy means knowing how to read, and it means that we do read. Please make time for reading at home everyday. Styles of learning differ, most children are visual learners, but many children learn primarily by listening. And, some children learn to read after learning to write first! If your child is having problems learning to read, a good Occupational Therapist who works well with children could evaluate how your child processes sensory information. Knowing this may give you the insights you need to help your child learn or improve reading skills, and to develop stronger self-confidence. Use appropriate incentives and acknowledge your child's effort. Reading well is essential for young people to gradually gain their longed-for independence one day. Our reading suggestions are put into three developmental levels of "Biographies, Classics & Favorites." All of these books represent only the bare bones of what a well-stocked and well-balanced family library might contain to build a solid literary foundation at home. Most of these books are also available at public libraries, but you will want at least some of them placed permanently in your home so children can freely handle them.

Young Readers       Middle Readers       Mature Readers       Very Young

Caldecott Medal
Coretta Scott King Award
Newbery Award
Nobel Prize for Literature/Fiction
Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Young Readers:
Dalai Lama
Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King
If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks
Peaceful Protest: The Life of Nelson Mandela

A.A. Milne: The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie the Pooh
Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter
Hans Christian Anderson: Little Mermaid and other Stories
Rapunzel by Paul Zelinsky
Mirette on the High Wire
The Wind in the Willows

Mad About Madeline: The Complete Tales
The Borrowers
Magic School Bus
Stories & Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children of All Ages
The Story of Doctor Dolittle

magic school bus            If a bus could talk


dalai lama

peaceful protest

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Middle Readers:
(Add all of the Young Reader's list to the Middle Reader's list.)
Black Stars of the Civil Rights Movement
Brave Black Women: From Slavery to the Space Shuttle
Dare to Dream: Coretta Scott King
Don't Know Much about Sitting Bull
Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery
Einstein: Visionary Scientist
Famous Hispanic Americans
Helen Keller
Jimmy Carter: Champion of Peace
John Muir: Crusader of the Wilderness
Nobel Prize Winners
Sacagawea Speaks
Scientists, Healers and Inventors
Super Women in Science
Thurgood Marshall: Young Justice
To Fly: The story of the Wright Brothers
Walt Whitman

A Single Shard
Anne of Green Gables
Black Beauty
Heidi and Hans Brinker
Jungle Book: the Mowgli Stories
Lewis Carrol: Complete Illustrated Works
Little Women
Oliver Twist
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Sarah Plain and Tall
Swiss Family Robinson
The Emperor's New Clothes
The Wizard of Oz
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Boxcar Children (Books)
Charlotte's Web
Chronicles of Narnia
Harriet the Spy (Books)
Harry Potter (Books)
How to talk to your Dog
Little House on the Prairie (Books)
Mammalabilia: Poems and Paintings
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry

harry potter        jk rowling

thurgood marshall

wright brothers


nobel prize winners


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Mature Readers:
(Add all of the Middle Reader's list to the Mature Reader's list.)
Breaking Barriers: The Feminist Revolution from Susan B. Anthony to Margaret Sanger to Betty Friedman
Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter
Diary of a Young Girl: Anne Frank
Female Writers
Give Me My Father's Body: The Life of Minik, the New York Eskimo
Nelson Mandela
Man Named Thoreau
100 Women who Shaped History
Rosalind Franklin: The discovery of the Double Helix Structure of DNA
This Land was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie

Arabian Nights
Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
David Copperfield
Great Expectations
Just so Stories
Robinson Carusoe
Tales from Shakespeare
The Giver
Treasure Island
Tolkien Trilogy (The Hobbit)
The Soul of Rumi: A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems
Walt Whitman: The Complete Poems
Wuthering Heights

Help yourself to countless choices of fiction and nonfiction from around the world.
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The Very Young Child:
When you read to your young child each day, everyone wins! Reading to children is the first step in teaching them to read. Children need to hear the clear sounds and meaning of language as well as the nuances of pitch, rhyme and rhythm. For more Parent/Teacher Education on how to teach young children to read by first teaching them how to write, check our Apple Alley Early Education section for our next Interactive Online Tutorial.

All the Pretty Little Horses: A Traditional Lullaby
Animal Nursery Rhymes
Poems to Read to the Very Young
Dragon Kites and Dragonflies: A Collection of Chinese Nursery Rhymes
Over the Candlestick: Classic Nursery Rhymes and the questions behind them
Oxford Nursery Treasury
Random House Book of Poetry for Children
The Real Mother Goose

Babar Books (De Brunhoff)
Chicken Soup with Rice (Maurice Sendak)
Curious George Books (Rey)
Dr. Seuss: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
The Giving Tree (Shel Silverstein)
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (Kipling)
Where the Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak)
Stuart Little (E.B. White)



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