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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Common Core Tool: Picture Books

Common Core Tool: Picture Books

Learn how to use picture books to help ELLs access CCSS anchor reading standards! See tips >>
El día de los niños/El día de los libros

El día de los niños/El día de los libros

Celebrate Día with these updated resources! Learn more >>
Updated! Technology and ELLs

Updated! Technology and ELLs

Our resources include tips & ideas for teachers and parents! See section >>
Computer-Based Testing & ELLs

Computer-Based Testing & ELLs

What do new computer-based tests mean for ELLs? Learn more >>
  • Common Core Tool: Picture Books
  • El día de los niños/El día de los libros
  • Updated! Technology and ELLs
  • Computer-Based Testing & ELLs
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Recommended Resources

New from the NEA: All In! How to Advocate for English Language Learners

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How can educators and other stakeholders become more effective advocates for language-minority students? The National Education Association's new guide, All In! How Educators Can Advocate for English Language Learners, offers strategies, resources, and step-by-step instructions for navigating the real-life issues educators encounter every day.

The guide also features general educators and ELL educators who tell stories about the students who inspired them to act. Do you have a story to tell? Add your voice to the voices of educators from around the country. Become a resource by sharing your story and lessons learned.

New on Colorín Colorado!

Unaccompanied Children in Schools: What You Need to Know

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The following tips from the American Federation of Teachers offer useful, basic information about unaccompanied children and what schools need to know to best meet their needs.

Books and Authors

Poems for Everyone

National Poetry Month

April is Poetry Month! Take a look at our ELLs & Poetry section, including tips on reading and writing poetry with ELLs.

Also, be sure to take a look at our interviews with some of our favorite bilingual poets and authors, including Margarita Engle, Pat Mora and Francisco X. Alarcón!

We Love Libraries!

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April 13-19 is National Library Week! Celebrate your local library with our bilingual booklist about libraries (also available in Spanish).

For more great library stories, take a look at Reading Rockets' library booklist too!

Earth Day Booklist: A World Filled with Wonder

I Know the River Loves Me

Young readers will find themselves drawn to the stunning wildlife portrayed in these bilingual picture and poetry books. You may also find titles of interest in Reading Rockets' A Poetic Spring booklist.

For related classroom resources, take a look at our recommended Earth Day lesson plans!

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.