I currently have 80 books checked out from the library. They take up half a bookcase, and overflow onto the floor. I have easily another 100 books waiting to be read, exciting finds from my local used bookstore that I delighted in discovering. My Want-To-Read list currently numbers in the 900s. And yet, I am a chronic rereader.
Comic books (and their slightly more sophisticated cousin, the graphic novel) get a bad rap. It’s a common belief that stories told in pictures are for young children, who aren’t yet able to read. Once you’re ready to sound out C-A-T, we often start pushing readers to more and more text-heavy books, and we cast a suspicious eye on anything with pictures.
What exactly does it mean to set a child up for a life-long love of reading? When should you start, and what should you do? The good news is, being excited about reading is one of the best things you can do for your child. For everything else, we can help.
Pronunciator is an online program to help you learn another language. So if your first language is Spanish, you can learn and practice English...in Spanish! Have your library card ready and get started!
Have you ever asked yourself, “How do I know if I can read this book?” To find books that are easier for us to read, we must know most of the words in the book. How do you know this?
Many people define literacy as an individual skill. Write to Read, an award-winning literacy program of Alameda County Library, broadens this definition by locating literacy as a social practice in our community and necessary to make society itself more just and equitable.
Are you having a tough time determining whether your learner’s struggle with understanding what they read is a result of a decoding issue, or a comprehension issue? As a literacy specialist, one low-pressure and often fun strategy I’ve employed is using pictures to check for comprehension.