Office of Language Arts, Elementary
Language Arts PreK-12
Parents
INFORMATIONAL WEBSITES FOR PARENTS
The Council of the Great City Schools' parent roadmaps in English language arts/literacy provide guidance to parents about what their children will be learning and how they can support that learning in grades K-8.
These 4-page guides provide an overview of what students will learn by the end of each grade in English language arts and mathematics by grade level.
Find engaging ways to introduce your child to reading or to encourage your teen to write? Need some age-appropriate book suggestions or rainy day activities? The materials here are your answer—all of them created by experts to be fun, educational, and easy to use outside of school.
READING LISTS FOR SUMMER OR ANYTIME
The lists are full of book titles to keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer. Three Summer Reading book lists are available for K-2nd, 3rd- 5th and 6th-8th grade students.
Each year, 12,500 school children from different regions of the United States read newly published children’s and young adults’ trade books and vote for the ones they like best.
Barb Langridge is an independent children’s bookseller and a specialist at a public library. who created a searchable website that she titled “A Book and a Hug,” featuring books for children of ages and inclinations.
This web site contains links for favorite books by grade level and category e.g. Books with Positive Messages.
This web site contains tips and suggestions for engaging children in summer reading. Be sure to look at the Related Resources tab for activities and projects and for tops on helping your child select a book.
EDUCATIONAL GAMES AND ACTIVITIES
The Starfall Method of reading instruction was developed for the emergent reader. It is based in part on research by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development about how children learn to read.

Primarily designed for first grade, Starfall.com is also useful for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and second grade.
Kids can play free reading games and activities with a parent, teacher, or caregiver.
WordWorld is the companion website to the PBS series WordWorld, a computer animated show for preschoolers. The website features interactive games for children along with information for parents and teachers.
CHILDREN’S AUTHORS FROM THE WONDERS ANTHOLOGY
Grade 1
This Grade 1 author’s website features a Fun for You Link with activities related to her books.
Check the Kids link for ideas and activities on this Grade 1 author’s website.
Grade 2
April has written many books about animals. See the Kids link at the bottom of her web page to read about animals.
Click on Once Upon a Baby Brother to view a video for the book or to print bookmarks.
Grade 3
Learn how to illustrate from this Grade 3 author, Ellen Cristelow.
Read tips for writing poetry on Patricia Hubbell’s web site.
Seymour Simon writes on a variety of science topics. This web site tells about the author and his works. There is a link just for kids.
Grade 4
The On Writing link has useful tips for young writers.
Learn how Walter Wick uses words and photography to write about interesting topics.
Grade 5
Seymour Simon writes about scientific topics. Find out about his many books. Read science news on his Kids link.
Read poems written by Native American writer, Joseph Bruchac. Explore the Western Abenaki link to learn about his Native American language.
CHILDREN’S AUTHORS AND THEIR WRITING/ILLUSTRATING PROCESS
Author/illustrator Eric Carle uses collage art to create pictures for his picture books for young children.
Author/illustrator Steve Jenkins creates non-fiction books for children. His web site includes a
Another author/illustrator, Tomie dePaola shares his creative process in for writing and illustrating.
Jane Yolen has written picture books and novels for children, There’s lots to see and do on her web site – her biography, a Q&A kid’s link with a myth writing workshop, a poetry link, and more.
TIPS FOR YOUNG WRITERS
Ralph Fletcher writes for young readers. On his website, he also shares tips for young writers.
Barry Lane writes about writing. His For Students link has ideas for leads and endings and more.
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