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.

A bilingual site for families and educators of English language learners
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Made Possible By


Colorín Colorado would not exist without the contributions of the following:

The American Federation of Teachers

Colorín Colorado is especially grateful to the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) for being our primary collaborator on this project and supporting the development of the "For Educators" section of Colorin Colorado, which offers content about teaching English language learners.

This effort would not have been possible without the commitment and dedication of AFT's Toni Cortese, Joan Baratz-Snowden, Rob Weil, John Mitchell, and Giselle Lundy-Ponce. Other contributing AFT staff include Michele McLaughlin, Margarita Escarfullet, Beth Antunez, Jaime Zapata, Rachel Garcia, and Kathleen McGuigan.

ELL Educator Cadre

The AFT ELL Educator Cadre is comprised of a number of veteran practitioners who are experts in the instruction of ELLs. The ELL Educator Cadre includes teachers, professional development specialists, paraprofessionals, union leaders, and higher education faculty from AFT affiliates. Their role includes helping to develop materials on professional development for educators who work with ELLs in various educational settings, and advise the AFT on special projects such as Colorín Colorado.

U. S. Department of Education

We were able to launch Colorín Colorado in 2003 thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), through Reading Rockets. Colorín Colorado continues to receive support from OSEP.

The National Institute for Literacy

Our thanks goes out to the National Institute for Literacy (NIFL), which provided strong support in order to make Colorín Colorado's educational materials for parents available in Spanish (2005-2009).

The Honor Roll

We are very grateful to the following individuals for their information, advice, and support:

  • Dr. Diane August, Senior Research Scientist, Center for Applied Linguistics
  • Dr. Margarita Calderón, Principal Research Scientist, Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education (CDDRE), Johns Hopkins University
  • Maria Hernandez Ferrier, Ed.D., former Director, U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students (OELA)
  • Kathleen Leos, President and CEO of The Global Institute for Language and Literacy Development
  • Dr. Liliana Minaya-Rowe, Professor Emeritus, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut
  • Pat Mora, children's author, poet, and literacy advocate
  • Delia Pompa, V.P. Education, National Council of la Raza
  • Dr. Kathleen Ross-Kidder, former Director, LD OnLine
  • Dr. Isabel Schon, Director, Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents
  • Jacqueline Vialpando, Language and Literacy Coordinator, National Council of La Raza

Also many thanks to Mariela Aguilar, Rose Bornstein, Maria Dyson, Nancy Flores, Mia French, Maria Gómez, Oralia Garza de Cortes, Tracy Gray, Cynthia Hunnicut, Diane Lyon, Anita Merina, Jayme Ribeiro Neto, Emma Resfuerzo, Rosana Rodríguez, Malcom Tronic, and Abelardo Villarreal.

We can't forget to extend a special thank you to Pam McKeta, Susan Petroff and David Meissner for the original concept development and creation of Colorín Colorado. Last but not least, we thank Caldecott Award-winning illustrator David Diaz for his beautiful illustrations!