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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Books & Authors

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The following booklists include some of our favorite titles for children and young adults, representing a wide range of cultures and languages. In addition, you can watch interviews with a number of the authors and illustrators who are featured, send free e-cards, and browse our books for educators in the Professional Booklists section. These booklists and interviews were created with the generous support of the American Federation of Teachers.

Books for Children and Young Adults

Books for Children (Ages 0-12)

The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred

These themed booklists reflect a diverse selection of authors, characters, stories, and settings. Many of the featured titles are also bilingual, and you can see Spanish-language descriptions in our Libros para niños section.

For more information about multicultural children's books, see our resource section and related videos and articles.

Books for Young Adults (Ages 12-18)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

These themed booklists for older readers include a wide variety of genres and topics, from stories about coming of age to novels written in verse and science fiction adventures.

For more ideas suited to middle and high school readers, visit our sister site,, and feel free to send us your favorites too!

Meet the Author Interviews

Linda Sue Park

Colorín Colorado invites you to meet some of our favorite authors and illustrators! Learn how they got their start, what they love about their work, and where they find their inspiration.

These videos are available for streaming, and many of the interviews are also available on iTunes and YouTube.

Professional Booklists

Professional Booklist: Academic Language and ELLs

These books written by ELL experts and veteran educators offer in-depth discussions on topics related to ELL student success at all grade levels, including academic language, language and literacy, and content-area instruction.

Other topics covered include support for special populations such as refugees, culturally responsive instruction, early childhood education, and college readiness.

Free E-cards for Readers

Motivate the special children in your life to read and read some more! Send one of these free e-cards to a child, student, grandchild, colleague, or friend. The e-cards were created for Colorín Colorado with illustrations by award-winning children's book illustrators David Diaz, Pat Schories, and Maya Christina Gonzalez.

For more great e-card options, check out the Reading Rockets e-card collection!