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
Getting to Know Your ELLs

Getting to Know Your ELLs

Take a look at these ideas and pass them on! See article >>
A Good Start in the Morning

A Good Start in the Morning

Follow these suggestions for smoothing out busy mornings. Learn more >>
The Path to College

The Path to College

Learn how you can help your ELLs get on the path to college! See tips >>
Tips for a Great Year

Tips for a Great Year

Help your child have a great school year with these ideas! Learn more >>
  • Getting to Know Your ELLs
  • A Good Start in the Morning
  • The Path to College
  • Tips for a Great Year
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Books and Authors

Celebrate Grandparents!

Booklist: Grandma's Stories

Whether they call them Grandpa and Grandma or Abuelito y Abuelita, kids love their grandparents — and grandparents also provide an important link to a family's cultural heritage and native language. Our booklists about grandmothers and grandfathers feature titles about grandparents from around the world, many of which are available in Spanish.

For more suggestions, take a look at the Great Books About Grandparents booklist from Reading Rockets!

Back-to-School Stories

Back-to-School Stories

From the back-to-school jitters to stories of children who go to great lengths to get to school each day, these stories are perfect for students who are settling into another school year!

Reading Rockets booklists include Are You Ready? School's Open! and School Days.

This Month's Highlights

What is Colorín Colorado?

Colorin Colorado

Colorín Colorado.org 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.