Parents & Caregiver Resources

You know learning to read is important for kids, but it's hard to know where to start. Below, we've gathered tips and tricks for making reading a fun, easy part of every day life. There are lots of ways to raise a reader beyond just reading a book together. You'll even learn how PBS KIDS TV shows like Sesame Street, Between the Lions, SUPER WHY and WordWorld can help kids to read, too!

Everyday Tips

When the TV shows end, there are lots of opportunities to learn new reading skills together.

  • Quick Tips for Parents
    Turn everyday errands with your kids into adventures that build reading skills with these tips, available in both English and Spanish.

  • Tips for Parents of Preschoolers   [From Reading Rockets.]
    Read early and read often. The early years are critical to developing a lifelong love of reading. It’s never too early to begin reading to your child! The tips in this PDF offer some fun ways you can help your child become a happy and confident reader. Download the PDF in English or Spanish.

  • Launching Young Readers Family Guide   [From Reading Rockets.]
    The colorful bilingual Family Guide includes tips for helping children get the most out of reading as well as pointers on working with schools and teachers, ideas for using the public library, and more. Download the PDF.

  • How to Create a Literate Home
    The “literate home” for this age child only needs a few inexpensive materials, but parent involvement is key. Read more »

  • Everyday Ideas for Young Children
    Learn about how your preschooler is learning reading and language, and check out the “quick preview” to learn about getting your child ready for reading.

    Check out these five every day reading ideas for parents of young children, from rhyming to pointing out words.

    • Preschoolers
      Check out the quick preview to learn about getting your child ready for reading.
    • Kindergarteners
      Get your kindergartener off to the right start with these reading and writing suggestions.

Reading Coupons

When your child is showing off his or her amazing reading skills reward their hard work with these fun coupons. Use them for fun or reward. Write in your own prizes in the blanks!

PBS KIDS: Raising Readers