We have many resources on these topics available through Evergreen and OverDrive / Libby. We are always happy to help you find what you need. We have assembled this guide to online resources to supplement the materials we have in our system. If would like to share a review of any of these resources or suggest some to add to this list, please contact us.
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Literacy Skills for Kids
Tips for Raising a Reader
- Read every day. The more your child reads, the easier it will be for them to learn.
- Allow your child to choose what they read. If you are worried about reading levels, use the Five Finger Rule. If they come across a book that is too hard but still want to read it, help them read it or read it to them, and practice the words they do not know.
- Read with your child. Read to them, and have them read to you. If your child likes audiobooks, have them read along with a physical copy as the audiobook plays.
- Read in front of your child. It is important for them to see you reading. If they see you reading, they are less likely to think of reading as homework.
- Watch TV with the captions on.
- Ask them questions about what they are reading. This will help with comprehension.
- Play word games. Some online word games are linked in the list below.
Online Literacy Resources for Guardians
- Every Child Ready to Read: Incorporates simple practices, based on research, to help parents and other caregivers develop early literacy skills in children from birth to age five.
- 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten: Non-profit organization which challenges families to read 1,000 books to their children before kindergarten to prepare them for reading.
- Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library: A book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities.
- Reading Rockets: A national public media literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.
- Read Write Think: Lesson plans, videos, and more to help you teach your child to read.
- US Department of Education Reading Resources: Guides to help guardians assist their young readers.
- Sight and High Frequency Words: Important word lists to practice.
- Storyline: Watch your favorite celebrities read books aloud.
Reading & Word Games
- PBS Kids Reading Games: Games for practicing the alphabet, vocabulary, rhyming, and more.
- Professor Garfield: Play reading games and more with Garfield.
- Wacky Web Tales: MadLib style, fill-in-the-blank stories.
- Reading Rockets Reading Games: Instructions for how to make your own reading games. You can play these games without using the Internet.
Literacy Skills for Teens & Adults
- GCF Learn Free: Educational website focusing on technology, job training, reading, math skills, and more. The site is a program of the Goodwill Community Foundation Inc.
- Purdue Online Writing Lab: A well-known and well-regarded guide to writing, research, grammar and mechanics, style guides, ESL, and job search and professional writing.
- Hopelink Adult Education: Reading, writing, math and financial literacy, the GED, and workplace skills materials for adult learners. Special lessons for ESL and learning-disabled students are included.
- TV411: Free videos on reading and writing and sections on basic finance, science, and math.
English as Second Language
- Chomp Chomp: Grammar exercises and printable worksheets.
- USA Learns: Videos, apps, and other tools for adults to improve English speaking, pronunciation, listening, reading, spelling, writing, and grammar.
- English in Levels: Practice only words and grammar at the learner’s level.
- Duolingo: Online or mobile app which helps user learn languages, including Spanish, French, German, Italian, Navajo, and more using gamification.
- BBC Languages: Courses and other resources for 40 languages, including Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Greek.
- LearnThatWord: On this website, users can practice spelling, learn English, or study vocabulary for tests like the SAT, GRE, and TOEFL.
- Google Translate: A free multilingual machine translation service developed by Google, to translate text from and into 100 languages.
- Rosetta Stone: All Indiana residents have access to Level One of Rosetta Stone languages online through INSPIRE Indiana.
- WikiMedia: A global movement whose mission is to bring free educational content to the world. Home to Wikipedia, WikiMedia, Wiktionary, and more.
- Wikipedia: Wikipedia is the web’s encyclopedia.
- Merriam Webster Dictionary: The classic dictionary online. Includes definitions, etymology, and more.
- Merriam Webster Thesaurus: The classic thesaurus online.
- WordReference: English definitions for words in 15 languages, including Spanish, French, Arabic, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, and Chinese.
- Google Scholar: A freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines. Some entries include PDFs of the text.
- WorldCat: A global catalog of library collections. This will help you find books at institutions outside of our systems.
- Project Gutenberg: Free ebooks in the public domain.