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
Cherry Blossom Stories

Cherry Blossom Stories

Celebrate spring with these beautiful books about cherry blossoms! See books >>
Text Dependent Questions for ELLs

Text Dependent Questions for ELLs

Learn more about using TDQs with ELLs! See ideas >>
Social Studies & ELLs

Social Studies & ELLs

Here are some strategies for adapting social studies lessons for your ELLs!

Learn more >>
Teaching ELLs to Use Textbooks

Teaching ELLs to Use Textbooks

Help your ELLs learn to navigate their textbooks! Read more >>

Books and Authors

Tribute: My Name Is Gabito: The Life of Gabriel García Márquez

My Name Is Gabito: The Life of Gabriel Garcia Marquez/Me llamo Gabito: la vida de Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Share the legacy of Gabriel García Márquez with this bilingual picture-book biography. Monica Brown tells the story of young Gabito and provides children with an introduction to magical realism and the ways Gabito's imagination would later shape his writing. Raúl Colón brings these rich imaginings to life in vivid illustrations that complement the lyrical text. Pura Belpré Honor Award.

Video Bonus: Learn how the novel 100 Years of Solitude impacted Monica in this excerpt from our Meet the Author interview.

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!

Library booklist

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!

Featured Title: Parrots Over Puerto Rico

Parrots Over Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican parrots, once abundant, came perilously close to extinction in the 1960s. In this compelling book, Susan Roth and Cindy Trumbore use collage illustrations and a unique format to recount the efforts of the scientists of the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Program to save the parrots and ensure their future.

Recommended Resources

Common Core and ELLs: Text-Dependent Questions

So You Want to Be President?

On our Common Core and ELLs blog, Diane Staehr Fenner offers an introduction to text-dependent questions (TDQs) as well as considerations and strategies in writing TDQs for ELLs. She also provides a number of examples of TDQs for second grade based on Judith St. George's text So You Want to Be President? (2000).

New Professional Booklist! Academic Language and ELLs

Professional Booklist: Academic Language and ELLs

These books written by ELL experts and veteran educators offer in-depth discussions of the importance of academic language in English language learners' success. Topics include academic language in the content areas, oral language development, writing, literacy, and grade-specific needs and strategies.

New on Colorín Colorado!

Common Core and ELLs Resource Section

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Our new Common Core and ELLs resource section features classroom videos, interviews, lessons plans, news, and a collection of multilingual resources about the Common Core for ELL parents.

Common Core Lesson Plans for ELLs

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The following units for grades 1, 4, and 8 are aligned to the Common Core and target ELLs' literacy and language needs. They were developed by teachers from Albuquerque, NM, working in collaboration with Dr. Diane August.

This Month's Highlights

Common Core and ELLs Blog

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Our blog includes Common Core updates related to language proficiency standards, assessments, and professional development. For more information on the Common Core and ELLs, such as our lesson plans and videos from Albuquerque, NM, see our CCSS resource section.

Colorín Colorado Discussion Group

Colorin Colorado Facebook Group

Join Colorín Colorado's discussion group on Facebook! Feel free to join and post your ELL comments and questions.

Serving English Learners: Laws, Policies, and Regulations

ELL Regulations Guide

This guide, written for Colorín Colorado by Dr. Debbie Zacarian, provides an overview of federal ELL policy in a user-friendly way and describes how these regulations are practiced in our schools.

Topics include identification, instruction, assessment, and parent communication.

For more information on NCLB waivers and ELLs, see Using No Child Left Behind Waivers to Improve English Language Learner Education, a new report from the Center for American Progress.