Read Along with the HPS Team
Reading books out loud with young children can be a fun way to spend time together as a family. Reading stories together can also help young learners build critical thinking skills, strengthen their vocabulary, understand their feelings, solve problems—and even become better at math and science.
Not sure which books to choose or the best way to read out loud with children? Members of the HPS Academic Team chose some of their favorite stories to read out loud for you and your children. They each included some practical coaching tips at the beginning of their videos to help you gain confidence and skills as you guide your children into a love of books and reading.
The Polar Bear Son read by Susan Hucul, Director of English Language Arts and Social Studies
How Full is Your Bucket? read by Patty Chavez, Director of Early Childhood Learning
The Good Egg read by Michelle Macklin, Director of Extended Learning
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind read by Eric Frary, Expert Teacher for Science K-8
¿Qué Bigotes Me Pasa? Laura Espinoza Mufson, Reading Coach
The Doorbell Rang read by Dr. Tara Brandt, Director of Mathematics
Series Introduction by Chief Instructional Officer Valerie Annear
There are so many great stories to choose from at your local or school library, bookstores and online shopping sites. What are some of the best stories for you to read with your children? The ones you love, the ones they love, the ones you find fun to read out loud, and the ones with illustrations that draw you in. You can always ask a librarian, store clerk, friends, or family members for suggestions for books they love, too.
Here are some additional resources you might find helpful:
- Read Across America offers 12 months of recommended books, authors, and teaching resources that promote diversity and inclusion.
- LeapFrog offers resources to prepare youngsters for learning to read.
- Raising A Reader Massachusetts is an early literacy family engagement organization working to close the literacy opportunity gap by helping families develop high impact home reading routines.