Fostering Readers - free resources to support beginning readers

Washington County (OR) Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) and OregonASK has announced the free availability of Fostering Readers resources, designed to help you plan and implement fun research-based literacy programs for children in Kindergarten through third grade who are learning to read.

All the resources are available at no cost to you on the Fostering Readers website. Resources include:

  • Pre-made activity plans to get you started supporting K-3rd grade beginning readers
  • Ideas for passive programming and storytimes and book clubs for beginning readers
  • Handouts for parents and caregivers to encourage reading at home
  • Videos that introduce research-based key elements and key strategies to enrich your K-3 activities with literacy
  • An extensive research review with easily digestible key findings and implications
  • …and more!

To accommodate the large and growing population of Spanish-speakers, Fostering Readers handouts are available in both English and Spanish. In the materials, library and afterschool staff will find tips for working with families who speak languages other than English, and Spanish vocabulary to use with the activities.

The authors hope that these materials will help library and afterschool staff:

  1. Increase their knowledge of the reading process
  2. Feel more confident in supporting children who are learning to read and their families
  3. Plan, implement, and evaluate fun research-based literacy programs for children in K-3rd grade

Libraries and afterschool programs are essential community partners in the effort to increase the number of children reading at grade level by the end of third grade, which is a key indicator for high school graduation.

Fostering Readers is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the State Library of Oregon.

Find the Fostering Readers materials here:

Ohio Library Council                    State Library of Ohio