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We encourage families to read to their children at least ten minutes a day; it will help preschoolers when they go to school be able to learn to read and write more readily.  For children who are in school it will build their language skills.  This page provides some resources and information to families to support their reading to their children.

Special Events

    10th Annual Read to Me Book Drive

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    Dear Read to Me,
    Thank you for the books you donated to us I am enjoying them and they are very interesting.  Every time I read this book I will remember about you people.  You make our lives filled with books.  Sincerely, Melanie

    Dear Read to Me,
    Thank you for the books.  The books are fun and interesting and good for our education.  We enjoyed the books very much.  Thank you for the books.  Now we have some at our homes.  They were awesome books.  They can help us with our fluency.  I enjoyed the books very much.  I appreciated all the books you have given out.  We love to read!
    Sincerely, Karina

    These are just a couple of the many thank you’s received from last year’s book drive. The Albuquerque Business Education Compact Read to Me Campaign is inviting you to participate in this year’s Read to Me Book Drive, February 15th through March 31st.   The book drive will benefit children in local elementary schools and preschools.  The goal of the book drive is to place books in the hands of children in need, prior to summer break to encourage the children to read.  Children will also receive with their book, information about the Summer Reading Program at their local library and a bookmarker.  This past year we collected and distributed over 44,000 books this year we hope to collect 45,000 books.  Help us put smiles children’s faces by donating new or gently used children’s books.

    Donations can be taken to any Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Public Library, Albuquerque area Barnes and Noble, John Brooks Supermart, Applebee’s, La Montanita Natural Foods Coop, Village Inn or participating employers.  There are close to 50 area companies/employers sponsoring the drive at their business February 15-March 31st.  

    Our platinum sponsors are:  City of Albuquerque, ABQ RIDE, Albuquerque/Bernalillo Friends for the Public Library, UNM Lobos, and New Mexico Rail Runner and Silver sponsor:  Wells Fargo.

    Books in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and bilingual books are welcomed.

    Those wanting to participate by collecting books at your place of business may do so by downloading the attached PDF file and posting the flyer and promoting it among your employees. Contact Paula Delap-Padilla at 848-1334 to pick up the books collected or with any questions.

    Book Drive Flyer

    For more information contact Paula Delap-Padilla at (505) 848-1334.

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Reading Lists
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Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library Locations   (www.cabq.gov/library)
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Reading Aloud Tips for Families 
    Children Who Are Read To Learn To Read

      Read at bedtime or any other time that works for you.
    • HAVE FUN.
      Children who love books learn to read. Books can be part of special time with your child.
      Young children can only sit for a few minutes for a story, but as they grown, they'll sit longer.
      You don't have to read the book to tell a story.
      Babies need board books and help to turn the pages, but your three-year-old can do it alone!
      Explain what the story is about.
      Run your finger along the words as you read them.
      Make up voices, use your body to tell the story.
      What's going to happen next? What's that?
      Children as young as three can memorize a whole story.

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Emerging Literacy Development 
    6 to 12 months
    • Even infants love picture books.
    • You can make story time part of your baby's routine, before bed or naps.
    • You're teaching your baby that books feel good.
    • Babies love rhymes and songs.

    12 to 18 months
    • When you ask, "What's that?" and name the pictures in a book, it teaches your baby that things have names.
    • Once babies start to walk, trying to hold them on your lap can be a struggle. Some babies will want to be up and around during a story. That's OK.
    • Offer stories each day, but let your child be in charge of how long you read.
    • When children grab books, they are showing a healthy drive for independence. They're not being bad."

    18 to 36 months
    • If your toddler listens to a story for five minutes, that's a long time. Stories are a good way to help toddlers increase their attention spans.
    • Sometimes you don't have to read what's actually written in the book. You can just talk about the pictures instead.
    • Your toddler will want to pick the book, the time, and the person to do the reading. Let your toddler make choices within the limits of what's OK.
    • Children learn by imitating. Do they even read to their teddy bears or to dolls?

    3 years and up
    • One way children learn to read is by hearing the same story over and over. It might be boring to you, but it isn't to them.
    • Your child might want to tell you a story, and it may be a very different one from the one you thought you were reading! Each time s/he retells the story, s/he is practicing using language in a very important way.
    • Play writing is the first step toward learning how to spell. Does s/he ever pretend to write or ask you to show her/his name?
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Reference Materials for Families
    • A Guide to Helping Your Baby or Preschooler Become a Reader, no. 1028-841, International Reading Association. $2.
    • Haas, Monty and Laurie Joy. Read it Aloud!- A Parent's Guide to Sharing Books With Young Children, no. 9163-841, Reading Railroad Publishers, 2000, International Reading Association.
    • Hearn, Betsy Gould. Choosing Books for Children: A Commonsense Guide. Rev. ed. Doubleday. 1990.
    • International Reading Association has a series of brochures for families in Spanish and English (single copies are free) and may be downloaded from their website www.reading.org/publications/brochures. Brochures include:
      • Prepare Your Child for Reading Tests
      • Understanding Your Child's Learning Differences
      • Make the Reading Writing Connection: Tips for Parents and Young Learners
      • Get Ready to Read! Tips for Parents of Young Children
      • Explore the Playground of Books: Tips for Parents of Beginning Readers
      • Summer Reading Adventure! Tips for Parents of Young Readers
      • Making the Most of Television: Tips for Parents of Young Viewers
      • See the World on the Internet: Tips for Parents of Young Readers--and "Surfers"
      • Library Safari: Tips for Parents of Young Readers and Explorers
      You may also contact them at:
        International Reading Association
        800 Barksdale Road
        P.O. Box 8139
        Newark, Delaware 1914-8139
        Phone: (302) 731-1600
    • Larrick, Nancy. Parent's Guide to Children's Reading. 5th ed. Westminster, 1982.
    • National Research Council. Starting Out Right: A Guide to Promoting Children's Reading Success. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1999.
    • Read to Me, a 13-minute video that introduces parents to importance of reading aloud to their children and instructs parents in making selections. Idaho Literacy Project. 1991. $29.95.
    • Snow, Catherine E.; Burns, Susan; Griffin, Peg. Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1998.
    • Strickland, D. and Mandel Morrow, L., Emerging Literacy: Young Children Learn to Read and Write. International Reading Association, 1989.
    • Trelease, Jim. Read-Aloud Handbook. 3rd. ed. Viking Penguin, 1989.
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    • Albuquerque Reads Albuquerque Reads is a partnership between the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and APS to improve literacy acquisition for kindergarten students in participating Title I schools. Volunteer tutors from the community are asked to dedicate 70 minutes one time per week for one-on-one reading, writing, and skills development tutoring, with the goal to not only help a child to learn to read, but also to instill a love of reading.
    • American's Library Association, Born to Read: How to Raise a Reader
    • America's Literacy Directory
      Has a listing of programs anywhere in the United States.
    • Americorp: (505) 277-9523
      Americorp volunteers serve as tutors in a variety of community based literacy programs for more information contact, UNM Service Corp.
    • Bernalillo County Parks and Recreation, Family Literacy Programs: (505) 452-1845
      Provides a tutoring program for children and families of Bernalillo County in order to raise students reading, writing and spelling skills. Students, elementary and middle school, work with tutors for two hours a week.
    • Campfire Boys and Girls, Rocket Readers
      Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque Public Schools, United Way and Camp Fire Boys and Girls have partnered to begin a pilot literacy program. Literacy volunteers are trained to tutor first and second grade students, working one on one to improve reading and writing skills. The program has been effective in improving students reading and writing skills.
    • Dial-A-Teacher Homework Help Line: Albuquerque, 343-4300; outside of Albuquerque, 1-800-947-8839
      Albuquerque Teacher's Federation has established a homework assistance program available to students across New Mexico. The program operates Monday through Thursday from 5:30pm-8:30pm during the traditional school year.
    • First Book
      First Book is a national nonprofit organization with a single mission: to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. The primary goal of First Book is to work with existing literacy programs to distribute new books to children who, for economic reasons, have little or no access to books.
    • First Book (Albuquerque)
      First Book provides books for children involved in local literacy programs providing services to low income children. For programs to apply contact Dave Lorenzen at (505)-277-4087.
    • International Reading Association
      International Reading Association has resources for families on reading including a series of brochures and suggested reading lists called Choices.
    • Jim Trelease Home Page
    • Kids Read
      This is a web site for kids to find out about favorite books, series, and authors. The site includes reviews, trivia games, word scrambles and contests.
    • KNME TV, Ready to Learn
      KNME TV Ready to Learn program provides educational opportunities, which is an effort to prepare children, ages 2-12, to learn when they go to school. Quality children's programming is at the heart of this service, while programming breaks with educational messages, accompanying print materials and a variety of outreach services, including parent & provider workshops, reinforce the information offered on air.
    • National Center for Family Literacy
      National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) is concerned with family literacy, an innovative approach to meeting the educational needs of both children and their parents. NCFL works to expand the learning opportunities for all families nationwide.
    • Partnership for Reading
      The Partnership for Reading offers information about the effective teaching of reading for children, adolescents, and adults based on quality research.
    • Reach Out and Read
      A National Organization that promotes literacy as a part of pediatric primary care so that children grow up with books and a love of reading. Have a local program at Children's Hospital of New Mexico. Contact: (505) 272-1707.
    • Reading Is Fundamental
      National organization that promotes reading.
    • Schwab Learning
      This site helps parents identify and manage their children's learning disabilities. A variety of topics are covered in detail, including AD/HD, LD in general, dyslexia, IEP, homework, reading, and writing.
    • Tutorsforkids.org
      The Supplemental Educational Services Quality (SESQ) Center has launched a website to help parents of children attending public schools "in need of improvement" take advantage of new, free tutoring opportunities.
    • United States Department of Education
    • Zero to Three
      National web site with resources and information for parent on the first three years of a child's life.
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