Reading Resources


Avoid the Summer Slump!

Studies have shown that students lose knowledge and skills over the summer. This summer, you can rely on PBS KIDS and Rocky Mountain PBS to provide a positive learning experience that is also fun. Check out our special section with resources and summer learning ideas to help you enjoy learning with your kids all summer long!

Clifford's "Paw"pular Books for Summer Reading 2013

School may be out for summer, but that doesn't mean you have to put down your books. Rocky Mountain PBS and the Colorado State Library are traveling statewide with everyone's favorite Big Red Dog to help spread the word about popular books for summer reading.

Paw Print.jpg June 8
If you're near Colorado Springs, join us to celebrate the start of Summer Reading at Southern Colorado's KIDS Fun Fest.

August 10
Clifford will be stopping by Grand Junction's KIDS Fun Fest to check in with young readers.

September 7
Swing by Denver's KIDS Fun Fest and have live readings with surprise storytellers.

All KIDS Fun Fests will include a "Paw"pular Book Wall where everyone can share new, exciting ideas for stories:

 1. Fill out two of Clifford's paw prints with your first name, age and the title of your most favorite book.
 2. Stick your paw prints to the "Paw"pular Books Wall.
 3. Take one new paw print off the wall so you can read someone else's favorite story.

So head over to your local public library, grab a log to start charting your progress and get ready to read with your favorite big red dog!

© Scholastic Inc. CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG is a registered trademark of Norman Bridwell. All rights reserved. Clifford The Big Red Dog and books provided courtesy of Scholastic Inc.

The Importance of Reading

Rocky Mountain PBS knows that there's nothing quite like a good book; reading has the power to spark imaginations and inspire new possibilities. It's important to instill the joy of reading in younger generations so they can enjoy its lifelong benefits.

Looking for new ideas for reading with your child? The below links are helpful, local resources for young readers and their families:

Colorín Colorado: A bilingual site for families and educators of English language learners
Colorado State Library's Literacy Resources for Children: Free information on how to make your child a better reader
The Lexile: Helps students find new, exciting books within their reading level
Rocky Mountain PBS LearningMedia: Interactive games and videos that build literacy skills for children and students of all ages.

So head over to your local public library and get started on your next reading adventure.

Avoiding the "Summer Slide"

Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia and other education experts joined Rocky Mountain PBS President and CEO Doug Price to discuss the importance of early childhood literacy, and the need to keep children reading during the summer months in the April 2013 edition of “Colorado Quarterly.”

Colorado Quarterly

Guests include: Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia; Lindsay Dolce, executive director, Serve Colorado & Colorado Reads; Ingrid Moore, executive director, Horizons Summer Enrichment Program

One Book 4 Colorado

onebook4colorado.png Rocky Mountain PBS is a proud media sponsor of One Book 4 Colorado, a statewide effort to provide a new book to every four-year-old in Colorado while simultaneously supporting parents as their child's first teacher. One Book 4 Colorado is the result of collaboration between Serve Colorado, the Office of Lt. Governor Garcia, Reach Out and Read, Colorado State Library, public libraries, the private sector, and the foundation community. It is modeled after the successful Preschool One Book One Denver program originated by the Denver Preschool Program.

Check out One Book 4 Colorado's tips on reading to your child. Because "children learn best by doing—and they love doing things with YOU." Find out more about reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing with your child.

Read Along With Local Celebrities

Check out 2013's top books, read by Governor Hickenlooper, Power Forward Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets, and Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Missy Franklin. Stories are read in both English and Spanish.


Storyblocks, which won an award from the Colorado Association of Libraries in 2010, is a collection of 30-60 second videos designed to model to parents, caregivers, and library staff some songs, rhymes, and fingerplays appropriate for early childhood.

Get Ready To Read

Children get ready to read long before they start kindergarten. You can help by singing, talking and playing with the children in your care.

The Making of Super School News

We're celebrating Super School News' 35th year on Rocky Mountain PBS! Here is a video by King-Murphy Elementary students on the process.

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