Reading is Fundamental {Free Resources}

I'm popping in today to share a remarkable FREE resource for educators, students and their families.  

I was contacted by Reading is Fundamental on Instagram and was instantly drawn to their cause.  Reading is Fundamental {RIF} is committed to a literate America where all children have the opportunities that literacy provides.  

RIF was founded in 1966 and is a leading voice in children's literacy.  As the nation's largest children's literacy non-profit, Reading is Fundamental maximizes each contribution received.  I'm writing you today to share a few ways to help and how to access some amazing resources!  

RIF has a partnership with grassroots network and distributes over 400 million books, impacting lives of more than 40 million children in the most at-risk communities by providing new books and literacy support materials to children with the greatest need, creating needs-based content to support varying literacy levels for children of all ages, and engaging educators and/or parents with actionable and trackable resources that can benchmark student progress.

Every child deserves an opportunity to own books, learn how to read, and obtain the fundamental building blocks needed to achieve their highest potential.  

I mentioned FREE resources!  Literacy Central is RIF's free digital site designed to foster a love of reading and literacy development for children.  There are high quality, supplemental materials available on demand for educators and families to access.  You can search by book title, Common Core standard, Lexile, theme,  and grade level!  

Literacy Central features literacy activities, games, leveled reading passages, lesson plans, activity calendars, videos and more.  What's better?  You can organize your favorite titles and resources in a collections folder.  

One of the newest resources is BeeLine Reader.  This engaging technology displays text using a subtle color gradient, which wraps from line to line.  This technique assists in visual tracking to support comprehension and a tool for struggling readers.

Let's take a closer look...

I'm a lover of all things STEAM!  Iggy Peck Architect is a remarkable text for theme extension activities.  

Reading is Fundamental has an app that makes searching for resources a breeze!  You can access your saved resources, open lessons and explore extension activities with a simple click of a button.

One of my favorite features is the read aloud.  Providing my students with a way to listen to the story independently as an early finisher or during literacy centers is key for me!  

There are multiple lesson guides available.  The lesson template for Iggy Peck allows me to assist my readers whole group with comprehension and provide ideas for making a themed STEAM day for additional engagement.  

Can you believe this is all free?

I mentioned before you can help.  RIF is sharing the gift of literacy this holiday season.  Gifts that Give Back site, as well as Literacy Central, are accessible at and allows anyone to provide children nationwide with the gift of literacy.  This online site makes it easy to provide books and literacy resources to kids with greatest needs.  You can donate a book, support a RIF child, support an educator, support a community, support a classroom, or support a school library.  I encourage you to take a peek. 

As previously stated, Literacy Central is a FREE Resource but their company and mission needs donors support to thrive.  Literacy is an essential life skill that provides the foundations for a lifetime of opportunity.  Help this cause because when children develop a strong reading skill, they have the confidence to strive for anything!  

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