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Tips on reading to children, vocabulary building and a description of the parent's shelf
ALSC's Recommended Booklists
The Association for Library Services to Children has compiled several lists of recommended books. These lists offer titles for early readers, reluctant readers, building a home library, Newbery & Caldecott books translated into other languages, helping children cope with tragedy, and several other excellent guides. For example, the Great Early Elementary Reads list covers books published from 2009-2011 and is divided into 2 sections: "Starting to Read" and "Reading on Your Own."
Help Children Build Strong Language Skills
Tips to work with your child to build a strong vocabulary and other language skills.
Ways to Read to Children
Things to do before, during and after reading a book to your child.
Meaningful Writing Experiences
Reading and writing go hand in hand. Help your child with writing by providing opportunities to practice writing skills.
Iowa's Early Childhood Parent Web Site
This Web site was created to provide FREE objective, medically accurate early care, health, and education information for families in Iowa. Topics include child care, health and safety, child development, learning to read and write, parenting, pregnancy, and many others.
Just in Time Parenting: website & e-newsletter from ISU
Have questions about your baby? Wonder why your toddler bites? Want to help your school-ager with friends? Just in Time Parenting is a national extension website that brings quality, research-based information to families. Ask an expert your parenting questions, check out more than 175 frequently asked questions, and sign up for their e-newsletter! Offered through the Iowa State University Extension & Outreach.