Colorin Colorado: Helping children read... and succeed!

Teachers who work with English as a Second Language learners will find ESL/ESOL/ELL/EFL reading/writing skill-building children's books, stories, activities, ideas, strategies to help PreK-3, 4-8, and 9-12 students learn to read.

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Native American Heritage Booklists

Native American Heritage Booklists

Check out these booklists organized by age and topic! See books >>
Academic Language and ELLs

Academic Language and ELLs

Take a look at our updated resource section! See section >>
National Adoption Month

National Adoption Month

Take a look at our new resource section on adoption and ELLs! Learn more >>
Updated! Working with Unaccompanied Children

Updated! Working with Unaccompanied Children

Tips for welcoming students, finding guidance, and more. See resources >>
  • Native American Heritage Booklists
  • Academic Language and ELLs
  • National Adoption Month
  • Updated! Working with Unaccompanied Children
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This Month's Highlights

Answering Guiding Questions with Middle School ELLs

See how middle school ELL teacher Katie Soto engages her students in a discussion about the novel Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck through related guiding questions.

This video is part of our Common Core and ELLs project from Poughkeepsie, NY.

Books and Authors

Featured Booklist: Adoption Stories

Adoption Stories

November is National Adoption Month, and we are celebrating with a new booklist in honor of ELLs who have been adopted from other countries! In these stories you will meet many memorable characters, including a king and queen who must find the source of their mysterious heartache and a young boy from Ethiopia who talks about the life and family he remembers.

The stories, author notes, and discussion questions offer educators and families guidance in discussing adoption with children. Some of the titles are also available in Spanish.

Featured Booklist: Tales of Thanksgiving


The books on this list offer a wide range of perspectives on Thanksgiving, from stories of immigrants adapting Thanksgiving traditions in their own special way to modern reflections about the things for which we are thankful. Many of the titles are also available in Spanish.

Recommended Resources

Professional Title: Creating a College Culture for Latino Students: Successful Programs, Practices, and Strategies

Professional Booklist: Academic Language and ELLs

Concha Delgado Gaitan, an award-winning professor, scholar, and first-generation Latina college graduate, shares winning strategies for creating effective college-readiness programs for Latino students of all ages at the district and school level. Topics covered include working with families to promote Latino student achievement and best practices for counselors, tutors, teachers, and administrators.

New on Colorín Colorado!

Essential Actions: 15 Research-based Practices to Increase ELL Student Achievement

Essential Actions: A Handbook for Implementing WIDA's Framework for English Language Development Standards

In this article written for Colorín Colorado, Bright Ideas author Kristina Robertson offers an overview of WIDA's new Essential Actions handbook and shares a step-by-step process for using this tool as part of a professional learning community focused on meeting ELLs' academic language needs. Kristina also includes ideas for reflection and collaboration.