Back-to-School: Reading Resources Galore

Yesterday I shared an exciting opportunity for middle-grades students to participate in a live online event to celebrate the release of Cornelia Funke’s new book, Reckless. However, I certainly don’t want lower-grades teachers to feel left out. As promised, here are lots of fun literacy freebies and offers for you!

We’d love to know which of these great offers and fun freebies you’ll be taking advantage of. Submit a comment to our blog by midnight on Monday, September 13, and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a prize pack of children’s books from DK, Henry Holt, and Candlewick. (Update: Congratulations to LaShaina, who was our winner!) Don’t miss out on your chance to WIN!


Hopefully your students had a summer filled with reading. Continue that trend during back-to-school with free educator guides from Little, Brown School. The guides cover everything from civil rights sit-ins to a curious cat who wants to know the meaning of his name. Click here now to see more!


Load up on even more free literacy activities, this time from Sleeping Bear Press. New titles include Goliath: Hero of the Great Baltimore Fire; Whole-y Cow! Fractions Are Fun; Zero, Zilch, Nada: Counting to None; and S Is for Scientists: A Discovery Alphabet. Dozens of teachers’ guides are available.


Find reading resources of all types at The Bio-Cube gives students a unique way to summarize information, interactive story maps help with prewriting and postwriting, and the online Word Family Sort gives beginning and struggling readers a fun way to practice. And that’s just for starters; check out thousands of other Thinkfinity resources today!


You’ll find lots of literacy tools, including the Eye Lighter, Toobaloo, and Desk-a-Roo (featured in the back-to-school issue of Learning magazine), at Learning Loft. Click here now to see these tools and more!


Don’t forget to post your comment for a chance to win our prize pack!


PS: Did you know that the popular We Both Read series from Treasure Bay is now available at Barnes & Noble? Visit your local store or click here now!

9 thoughts on “Back-to-School: Reading Resources Galore

  1. Wow I loved the books at Sleeping Bear Press, I was interested in the Zero, Zilch, Nada. That sounds very funny.

    I also checked the Little Brown School House. Great books.

    I have been to the Thinkfinity site many times since you first recommend it Karen. It is a awesome site with so many resources. I already have some of their activities in my plan book to use this year.
    Thanks Karen for always making it easier for teachers to find great resources.

  2. I have a few DK readers that I have purchased on my own. Even though I teach 4th grade, the Level 2 are ‘just right’ books for many of my students.
    I appreciate the site with the free literacy activities. The ideas can easily be adapted for any grade level.
    Thanks so much!

  3. I love the bio cube. I have used ‘paper’ cubes before, but the interactive cube (and its friends) adds appeal for the digital native student, plus it is an opportunity to practice keyboarding skills. This will very useful for elementary students as often the first independent research is on a person.

  4. This sounds like a great contest. I do family child care and I can use all the help I can getin getting books and supplies. We read every day and whenever a child wants to read. I think that you can never have enough children’s books for them to read.

  5. I will be taking advantage of the free educator guides from Little, Brown School and the free literacy activities from Sleeping Bear press for my story time activities. Thanks for the great resources that you share with us.
    Mrs. Lee-Flax
    SHCS Preschool

  6. I am going to order the eye lighter for myself. Even us teachers need to relax and I do by knitting and cross stitching. The eye lighter will make it easier to see the patterns and keep track of my place. I am sure I can find more uses for it in the classroom as well.

  7. I’m finding the students really enjoy stories based on real-life animals: Knubs, Owen & Mzee, etc. So the story of Goliath is a great find. And the teacher guides make it even better. Great resource!

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