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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2015 Pura Belpré Winners

2015 Pura Belpré Winners

Congratulations to these authors and illustrators! See winners >>
Teaching ELLs to Use Textbooks

Teaching ELLs to Use Textbooks

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

Social Studies & ELLs

Here are some strategies for social studies lessons with ELLs! Learn more >>
Text-Dependent Questions for Middle School ELLs

Text-Dependent Questions for Middle School ELLs

Take a look at these examples from our blog! See more>>

Books and Authors

Books for the Month of March

Women's History

March is a busy month! For related booklists, check out these booklists from Reading Rockets:

Featured Booklist: Stories for the Chinese New Year!

Bringing in the New Year

Many people around the world celebrate the Chinese New Year (sometimes referred to as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival). This year it starts on February 19th, and it's the Year of the Goat and Sheep! We've compiled a list of colorful children's books to accompany the festivities and help you welcome the New Year.

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.

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.