Resources for Families and Volunteers
We curate high-quality resources for parents, families, teachers, and tutors working with young readers. This page includes links to helpful websites, as well as downloadable tools and trainings from the OLC and other Oakland-based literacy organizations.
Information, activities, and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners.
A free, mobile-friendly stream of advice and activities that helps you guide your child to educational success in and out of the classroom, including Milestones, a free online collection of videos aimed at helping parents understand grade-level expectations in grades K-12.
Mustard Seed Books
Based in Oakland, California, Mustard Seed Books is a project to design and distribute public domain books for early readers. Users can download and print books at the Mustard Seed site or contact them to request a sampler set of 10 books covering a range of levels and genres.
Reading A-Z’s website has thousands of downloadable, projectable, printable teacher materials, including leveled readers. All materials are correlated to Common Core Standards. Free samples, a 14-day trial, and ordering information are available online.
Reading Rockets provides free reading resources for parents and educators of kids in preschool through third grade.
ReadWriteThink provides educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.
PBS Kids provides educational games and videos, as well as tips and strategies for families and educators.
Home Reading Helper
This extensive resource from Read Charlotte is an easy-to-use tool for families to help support young readers. There are resources organized by grade (Preschool through 3rd) and type (videos, games, printables, activities). There are also short videos that break down reading skills (phonemic awareness, invented writing, making connections, etc) so families/educators can understand what they are and why they are important. The resource can be translated into over 100 languages.
Language Diversity & Literacy Development Research Group at Harvard
This site from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education includes guides, tools, and resources in English and Spanish for families of developing readers.
Downloadable Tools and Trainings
Read Aloud Ideas from Literacy Lab
Opportunities to Read Aloud from Literacy Lab
Using Math in Read Alouds from Literacy Lab
Group Read Aloud Tip Sheet from Oakland Public Library
Student Behavior and Motivation from Reading Partners
Student Behavior and Motivation Tip Sheet from Reading Partners
Pillars of Literacy for Preschool – 1st Grade from Reading Partners/JumpStart
Pillars of Literacy from Reading Partners
Vocabulary Review Strategies from Reading Partners
Volunteer Tips for the Elementary Classroom by Girls Inc
Engaging Students from Reading Partners
Turning it into a game from Reading Partners
Getting to Know You Activity from Reading Partners