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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.


Celebrating the Books of Independence Day

By utr.content.editor | July 3, 2023
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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 […]

5 Tips for Preventing Learning Loss During the Summer Break

By Utradmin | June 5, 2023
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School may be wrapping up for the year where you live, but just because there’s a pause on classroom learning, it doesn’t mean all learning needs to stop. For many […]

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 […]

5 Tips for Cataloging, Storing, and Moving Your Book Collections

By Utradmin | April 18, 2023

Whether you are in your forever-home or relocate every few years, managing a growing book collection can have its stresses. Perhaps you feel like you don’t have any extra space […]