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Save storytime moments by using United Through Reading's free and secure app to make recordings for the special people in your life.

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.


Cultivating Young Minds: Tips for Parents to Promote Reading from Infants to Teens

By utr.content.editor | November 1, 2023
A father in military uniform sits in between his two children. They are reading a children's book together.

The advantages of shared reading experiences with your child are profound and lasting. Some key benefits include language development, cognitive development, increased empathy and understanding, a lifelong love for reading, […]

From the Middle East to Wyoming, United Through Reading Saves Storytime

By utr.content.editor | October 29, 2023
Liz Buss, US Air Force is in uniform. She is pictured with her husband and three children.

When Major Liz Buss deployed in 2022, she was looking for a way to stay in touch with her three kids at home that worked with the family’s busy schedule […]

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 […]