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Reading Trackers

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The benefits of tracking reading are a sense of accomplishment, accountability, and a way for every family member to incorporate reading into their day. Reading together is more than just tallies and stars. It’s about immersive worlds, igniting imaginations, and making memories. United Through Reading’s reading trackers are guides, inviting families to lose themselves in new worlds, share laughter, and discover the magic of stories together. For 2024, we have launched three FREE printable reading trackers for different age groups to ignite your family’s love of reading and encourage reading as a daily habit.

Ready for Reading Podcast

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Listen to our Ready for Reading Podcast, hosted by military spouse, mom, and United Through Reading staff member Josie Beets, to learn why military families should establish reading routines with their children and how to make reading fun for the whole family.

Literacy Guides For All Ages

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Reading aloud daily with children yields lifelong benefits, which include promoting language development and literacy skills, improving emotional well-being and connections, and providing tools for resilience. With our literacy guides, you'll get actionable tips to help your child connect with reading

12 Read Aloud Tips

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Reading to your child is special family bonding time. It shows them that reading is meaningful and fun. Reading aloud is also the most important thing you can do to prepare children for success in school and beyond. We gathered twelve of our favorite tips to make reading aloud easier and more fun for both you and your child, whether it be in-person or on-video.

Read Aloud Activity Calendar

Reading aloud and doing activities with your children allows you to promote their reading and creative skills while having fun at the same time. This calendar includes 15 books and links to complementary activities to complete together as a family. All books and activities are for pre-readers, beginning readers, and older readers.

Reading & Resiliency White Paper

The importance of literacy as a building block for educational development has become even more apparent through these challenges. While we consider how our nation can mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on learning environments, the military community should make military family literacy a priority to strengthen these foundational skills in military children and protect their future educational development.


Five Ways to Nurture the Gifted Reader Inside Your Child

By Utradmin | February 21, 2024
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Every child has unique strengths and talents. Sometimes, one of those shines exceptionally bright: a love for reading that exceeds their age group. These “gifted readers” can devour books at […]

Cultivating Curious Minds: Seven Ways to Model Good Reading Habits for Children

By Utradmin | February 7, 2024
A family of four are seated on a couch. The mother holds a book they are all looking at. The two children are yourng girls. Both hold stuffed animals.

In an age of digital distractions and instant gratification, nurturing a love for reading in children can feel like an uphill battle. But the benefits of fostering a reading habit […]

Five Ways to Use Books to Help Children Navigate Grief and Loss

By Utradmin | January 22, 2024
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At United Through Reading, we understand the profound power of stories. They transport us to different worlds and offer unique windows into the human experience. But perhaps their most transformative […]

Meet our 2024 Reading Trackers

By Utradmin | January 11, 2024

For 34 years, United Through Reading has championed literacy and connection in military families. For 2024, we have launched three FREE printable reading trackers to ignite your family’s love of […]

Celebrating the Books of the Holiday Seasons

By utr.content.editor | December 15, 2023

The month of December and the ensuing holiday season can pose unique challenges for children of military service members, particularly those experiencing the absence of a parent due to deployment. […]

The School Midway Checkpoint: How to Narrow the Gap and Ensure Your Child is Reading at Grade Level

By utr.content.editor | December 5, 2023
Five children are sitting on a low wall in a school courtyard. Backpacks are at their feet. They are working on school work.

Reading plays a crucial role in a child’s academic success. As the midway point of the school year arrives, parents have a prime opportunity to assess their child’s reading proficiency […]