Links and resources

Useful links and resources

For Parents

Celebrate special days: International Literacy Day falls on September 8, and National Library week falls on April 14-20, 2013.

Read to your children and keep them reading over the summer months.

Learn about summer reading programs at your public library. States coordinate their summer programs through the Collaborative Summer Library Program,

N.C. writer Susie Wilde reviews children’s books: offers lessons on alternative book reviews and reports. Search the site to find these and more ideas for exploring books:

So What Do You Think? Writing a Review

Book Review Form

Help a Child Write a Book Review

Two Thumbs Up! Get Students Writing and Publishing Book Reviews

 Book Reviews, Annotation, and Web Technology

Book Report Alternative: Glog That Book!

Book Report Alternative: Character and Author Business Cards

Book Report Alternative: Summary, Symbol, and Analysis in Bookmark

Book Report Alternative: Characters for Hire! Studying Character in Drama

Book Report Alternative: The Elements of Fiction

Book Report Alternative: Creating a Childhood for a Character


Need more ideas? Check the following sites:


 Middle School

 High School

Book List for Reluctant Readers

How to use Lexile levels

Looking for help to encourage your child to read, check out the links below.

Information for struggling readers:


Middle School

High School

For helping your child to read:

For a wealth of information for parents:

For some fun activities for children:

 N.C. writer Susie Wilde reviews children’s books: provides Parent & Afterschool Resources by Grades


Duke, N. K., & Martin, N. M. (2011). 10 things every literacy educator should know about research. The Reading Teacher, 65, 9-22.

This article reinforces the value of research for literacy educators and offers information on how to prevent its misuse. (available to IRA members)

Samuels, S. J., & Farstrup, A. E. (Eds.). (2011). What research has to say about reading instruction (4th  Ed.). Newark, DE: International Reading Association. (Also available as an eBook)

This new edition offers a comprehensive and clear presentation of the latest literacy research, theory, and practice.

Lassonde, C. A., & Israel, S. E. (Eds.). (2008). Teachers taking action: A comprehensive guide to teacher research. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

This book offers practical advice for teachers who are interested in conducting research to improve the effectiveness of their practice and the success of their students. Topics include planning, funding, managing, and disseminating action research.

International Reading Association (IRA) Teacher as Researcher Grant


Newspapers In Education

Review lessons on best practices for using newspapers available online through local, state and national sources:

 To compare front pages from newspapers published around the world:

 Review newspaper-related lessons offered through IRA’s

Creating a newspaper

GIST: A Summarizing Strategy for Any Content Area (5Ws)

Comic Creator (K-12 activities)

 Imagine That! Playing with Genre Through Newspapers and Short Stories

Technology and Copyright Law: A “Futurespective”

Book Report Alternative: A Character’s Letter to the Editor

Persuading an Audience: Writing Effective Letters to the Editor

Novel News: Broadcast Coverage of Character, Conflict, Resolution and Setting

The Feature Story—Fifteen Minutes (and 500 Words) of Fame!