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Early Childhood Language and Literacy Resources

BrailleInk is a nonprofit organization that publishes existing popular children’s books in a new format that is easier for braille and print readers to share.

The Center for Early Literacy Learning is a site which provides parents and professionals with information on evidence-based early communication, language and emergent literacy development. Our website content is based on more than five years of research related activity and practice on the characteristics and consequences of early literacy experiences for children birth to five years of age.

The Center on Everyday Child Language Learning recently posted five new products for practitioners on their Web site. These products are designed to assist practitioners in implementing an approach to early childhood intervention that uses everyday activities as sources of learning opportunities to promote the development of the language and communication skills of young children with disabilities and delays. CECLL is a model demonstration center funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and is a major initiative of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute.

Children’s Picture Book Database offers abstracts of over 4000 children’s picture books (preschool to grade 3), suitable for teachers, librarians, and others who design interdisciplinary curricula for elementary schools and library programs.

International Children’s Digital Library is a project of the University of Maryland and home to over 700 digital children’s books in nine languages. Users who join the library can specify which language they prefer and log in from any computer and access their personal settings.

The Literacy Information and Communication System (LINKS) is a national dissemination and professional development system, providing information on literacy research, practice, and resources.

National Center for Family Literacy has as its mission to create a literate nation by leveraging the power of the family. Family literacy helps parents and children form a learning partnership that ends the cycle of poverty and low literacy. NCFL works to find solutions to the literacy crisis that build on the family to create a new cycle of ongoing learning and mutual support.

Nebraska Language Arts Standards, Grades K-12. This link provides the most current version of Nebraska Language Arts Standards for Grades K-12.

Read Aloud Nebraska promotes healthy, successful children and families through reading aloud and fostering school and community efforts that develop lifelong readers

Read for Joy is an early literacy project sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Education.—Sharing the Spirit of Children’s Literature is an online database of thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K-12 environment, with every resource selected to encourage the integration of multimedia author and book materials into reading and library activities.

Virtual Pre-K is a teacher-created resource for parents and teachers that connects the classroom, home and community, in English and Spanish. It offers a variety of resources, including standards-based lesson plans, hands-on activities, and video lessons.