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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Read Together — Anywhere!

Read Together — Anywhere!

Take a look at these tips for reading just about anywhere! See tips >>
Parent Tips: Summer Reading

Parent Tips: Summer Reading

There are lots of ways to encourage reading this summer!

Learn more >>
Family Water Safety

Family Water Safety

Help your ELL families stay safe in the water with these tips in other languages! See tips >>
Summertime Stories

Summertime Stories

Check out these great book about summer for all ages! See booklists >>
  • Read Together — Anywhere!
  • Parent Tips: Summer Reading
  • Family Water Safety
  • Summertime Stories
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Books and Authors

World Cup 2014: Books from Brazil

For the Love of Soccer!

Take a look at our new booklist about Brazil in preparation for the 2014 World Cup! Journey to the Amazon rainforest and the beach, learn about the art of capoeira, and get to know soccer legend Pelé through his own words.

For bilingual books related to the World Cup, see our Time for Soccer! booklist.

Featured Book: I Pledge Allegiance

I Pledge Allegiance

Pat Mora and her daughter Libby Martinez share the story of Pat's beloved aunt, Lobo, who is learning the Pledge of Allegiance to become a citizen. Young Libby is also learning the Pledge this week and so Libby and Lobo practice together, asking questions and sharing stories and memories until they both stand tall and proud, with their hands over their hearts.

New Booklist! My America: Stories and Celebrations

Booklist: My America: Stories and Celebrations

Whether you're getting ready for a parade or ordering Chinese food, these books about the 4th of July and other important American traditions celebrate our nation's diversity in special ways.

This Month's Highlights

What is Colorín Colorado?

Colorin Colorado

Colorín is the leading national website serving parents and educators of English language learners (ELLs) in Grades PreK-12.

Our resources can be used in professional development and parent outreach, and you can also connect with us on social media. We look forward to hearing from you!

Survey: What would you like to see on Colorín Colorado in the future?

As we plan our editorial calendar for next year, we'd like to know what new topics you would like to see on our website, what your favorite resources are on Colorín Colorado, and how you're currently using the website. Please take a moment to fill out this brief survey and enter your name in a raffle to win a bag of books for your classroom or school library from Colorín Colorado!

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.