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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.


Celebrating the Books of Independence Day

By utr.content.editor | July 3, 2023
"Celebrating the Books of Independence Day" Illustrations of a soldier saluting, military jets, the American Flag. The united Through Reading logo.

Since 1776, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, concerts, and parades, to more informal family gatherings and cookouts. Whether you […]

On the Road with UTR: How to Utilize Story Time App Features on Road Trips, Vacations, or During a PCS

By Utradmin | June 16, 2023
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Before hitting the road, be sure you have downloaded and installed the United Through Reading App (here for the App Store and here for Google Play). Once you have the […]

Summer Slide Resources for Parents

By utr.content.editor | June 15, 2023
A young child sits under a tree. They are wearing shorts and a Tshirt. Their shoes are nearby. They are reading a book.

Summer Slide is an academic term that has been around since the 1980s. It describes the learning loss that can happen to students while they’re out of school over the […]

How To Start A Book Club This Summer

By Utradmin | May 5, 2023
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There is no rule that reading should be a seasonal affair. In fact, reading is in season in spring, summer, autumn, and winter. However, for many students, summer is a […]

Introducing Book for the Military Child

By Utradmin | April 4, 2023

April is designated as the Month of the Military Child (MOMC). During the entire month over 1.6 million military children are celebrated for the challenges and unique experiences they face. […]

3 Reasons Why You Should Make Reading Part of Your Daily Household Routines

By Utradmin | March 17, 2023
3 Reasons to add reading to your daily routines

These days family life feels incredibly busy and full. From working, managing the home, dealing with military life, to raising children in various stages of development, the last thing on […]