Family Literacy Resources

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The Annotated Bibliography offers resources for professional development of family literacy educators.  A broad range of resources are available on the searchable database.  The intent is not to evaluate the quality of a resource but to provide a descriptive annotation that allows the reader to determine its relevance and usefulness.


Be Excited About Reading - BEAR Book Activities

Parent and child learning together is a cornerstone of family literacy.  BEAR Book Activities are family learning activities that help develop young (3 to 5 years of age) readers' language and literacy skills to help them become ready for school.  Each family learning activity is based on a child's book and contains Before Reading, Reading Together, and After Reading suggestions that a parent/family member can engage in with their child.

Distance Learning in Adult Basic Education:  A review of the Literature

Rosalie's Neighborhood:  Let's Smile!  A Book about Dental Health

This is a parent awareness health literacy unit that provides essential oral health care information for parents of young children.  The curriculum includes a Facilitator's Guide and a Reader's Theater script.

    Adult Child Interactive Reading Inventory (ACIRI) Picture Book List

    The annotated bibliography of picture books in children’s literature is a 2009 update by the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy for use with the class and take-home activities in Andrea DeBruin-Parecki’s Let’s Read Together: Improving Outcomes with the Adult-Child Interactive Reading Inventory (ACIRI).  This book list was developed to support the implementation of the ACIRI in Pennsylvania (PA) family literacy programs.

        Family Literacy Report to the Community:  Statewide Evaluation Report (2008-2009)

        This is a two-page report on the state of family literacy in Pennsylvania that provides evidence to support the need for family literacy.

        SEQUAL: Practitioner Action Research Projects (PAR)

        Pennsylvania family literacy programs have been involved in PAR (a reflective process of problem solving) to enhance and improve their programs.  Information and resources are available.

        Family Literacy Work-Related Lesson Plans

        These lessons plans are a series of 18 lesson plans that relate to the Foundation Skills Framework of Basic Workplace Skills, Basic Employability Skills, and Basic Workplace Knowledge.  Each of the 18 lessons includes readings and activities for the four components in family literacy:  adult education, early childhood education, parent education, and Interactive Literacy Activities.  The adult education activities relate to the GED skills, and the early childhood activities relate to the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards.  There are also lessons intended for distance learners.  The Family Literacy Work-Related Lesson Plans were developed by family practitioners and technical assistants.

        Study Circle Guide

        The Goodling Institute was funded to develop and pilot a Study Circle Guide call "Rethinking Instruction and Participation for Adult Basic Education" by the National Center for Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL).

        Family Literacy Related Websites

        Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

        The Barbara Bush Foundation supports family literacy across the county where children and parents can succeed together.

        National Center for Families Learning (NCFL)

        NCFL exists to encourage family engagement as adults and children learn.

        Pennsylvania Family Literacy Resources

        The purpose of this website is to provide family literacy practitioners with the most recent and useful resources in curriculum, publications, professional development and websites.

        Adult Education/Parenting Websites

        Early Childhood/Elementary Websites

        Parent and Child Interactive Literacy Websites