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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.

Reading Log

Our Reading Log has stars for every day of the week, so you or your loved one can mark off every day you read for five weeks. You can decide if the stars represent a certain number of books per day or a certain number of minutes. You can use it for reading together with a United Through Reading video recording or reading independently.

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.


The Incredible Impact of Reading Aloud to Children

By utr.content.editor | October 23, 2023
A Black parent and child sit together. They are reading the children's book, I Am Enough. The parent is wearing a Navy branch T-shirt.

Reading aloud to children is one of the best things you can do for their development. Not only is it fun, but it is also a bonding experience that can […]

8 Spook-tacular Literacy Ideas and Activities for Halloween

By utr.content.editor | October 16, 2023

Halloween is a bewitching time of year, filled with costumes, candy, and creativity. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to foster a love for literacy in children of all ages. Whether […]

Celebrating the Books of Hispanic Heritage Month

By utr.content.editor | September 14, 2023
Celebrating the Books of Hispanic Heritage Month. Three book children's book covers are shown: Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal, Max’s Lucha Libre Adventures: The Man in the Silver Mask by Xavier Garza and The Day of the Dead / El Día de Los Muertos: A Bilingual Celebration by Bob Barner.

Hispanic Heritage Month, observed from September 15th to October 15th each year, is a time to celebrate the rich cultural contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to our society. This […]

Should You Be Tracking Your Child’s Reading Time?

By utr.content.editor | September 4, 2023
A middle grade boy with dark hair wearing a striped shirt. He is on the floor. His chest is propped on a pillow and he's reading a book open on the floor in front of him.

In today’s digital age, parents often find themselves grappling with the challenge of motivating their children to read. With the proliferation of screens and distractions, keeping kids engaged in books […]

12 Literacy Resources for Military Families

By utr.content.editor | August 21, 2023
A woman in uniform is seated in front of an open laptop. Her child is standing next to her. There are school supplies, a book and a glass of orange juice nearby.

Because of the unique challenges their lifestyle brings, their school-age children’s educational and literacy development is often a top priority for military families. Fortunately, several organizations and resources are dedicated […]

5 Ways to Set Your Child Up for Success This School Year

By Utradmin | August 4, 2023

As the back-to-school season approaches, it’s essential for families to prepare themselves mentally and establish positive routines for a successful start to the new academic year. While practical tips such […]