Tagged Read by 4th

'Tis the Season for the Winter Reading Challenge

As the weather changes, there's no better company than reading a good book in a cozy space. Running from November 25 to February 29 , our Winter Reading Challenge invites readers of all ages to register and earn badges as they…

76ers' Tobias Harris Donates Money to Read by 4th at Community Draft!

"Today I plan on taking steps that go beyond being a part of the conversation, but a part of the solution," Sixers forward Tobias Harris said as he kicked off his 2019 Community Draft . The event, at Mastery Prep Elementary,…

Community-Centered Groups Come Together to Promote Literacy in Southwest Philadelphia

There could not be a more natural community-centered initiative pairing than the Paschalville Partnership ’s Community Catalyst Initiative and Read by 4th . Last month, these initiatives came together to talk about engaging…

Turn Reading Woes into Reading Wows with Literacy Lab!

If you know a 1st through 3rd grader who struggles to read and write at grade level, encourage them to find a love of reading and learning with Literacy Lab ! During Literacy Lab sessions, experienced teachers provide individual and…

Back to School 2019: Becoming an Attendance Hero with Read by 4th!

School is back in session! If you’re a caregiver, your mind is probably buzzing with questions like: Is my child a strong reader ? What subject will my child fall in love with this year? What new friends will my child make this…

Go Back to School with the Free Library!

The calendar still says August, and the weather forecast still says summer, but the new school year is just around the corner— School District of Philadelphia will ring the bell to begin classes on Tuesday, September 3! …

Preparing for Summer with the Summer Camp Challenge!

Dreaming of summer? We know your children and students are, too. But did you know that over the summer, students can lose three months of reading skills gained in school? This loss can make it harder to become strong readers by 4th…

Books for Rising Readers: Strengthening Early Literacy in Philadelphia with a Shared Reading Experience

Though our One Book, One Philadelphia 2018-2019 season is now over, the Free Library will keep connecting readers through a shared text all spring long! We are thrilled to be launching an ambitious pilot program called Books for Rising…

Checking in with a Read by 4th Reading Captain!

by Erme C. Maula, Read by 4th Reading Captain Heading into my Reading Captain training, I didn’t know what to expect. I had wanted to get involved in my community by doing something that I could fit into my busy schedule. The…

Spotlight on School Storytimes: A Visit to Dunbar Elementary

On a recent Monday morning,  Paul L. Dunbar School’s kindergarten storytime got a special guest—librarian Kayla H. from the Cecil B. Moore neighborhood library . Dunbar Elementary’s Community Partnerships…

Kicking off Literacy in Early Learning Spaces

The library is excited to kick off a new school year with our littlest learners… we are looking at you, babies, toddlers, and preschoolers! Thanks to a generous investment from the Vanguard Strong Start for Kids Program™ ,…

Vanguard Donates $3 Million to Boost Literacy for Our Littlest Learners

TheFree Library is teeming with opportunities for little ones to get cozy with letters, words, and books from the earliest ages. Our storytimes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers incorporate not only reading, but singing, dancing,…

Read and Rise: Literacy-rich Activities for Summer Camp Providers, Educators, and Parents!

Read and Rise provides books and curriculum to integrate literacy-rich activities into summer camp programs. Read and Rise is sponsored by Read by 4th and managed by the Free Library of Philadelphia. Read by 4th is a citywide effort…

Ready4K and Vroom: Early Learning Tips for Young Children

Here at the Free Library, we often have parents ask us, "How can I help my child learn to read?" Of course, we know that sharing books with children helps to develop a love of reading, but beyond that, there are lots of things…

Read by 4th Program Recipient of Barra Award!

Read by 4th is proud to announce we have been selected as a recipient of a 2018–2019 Barra Award ! Our campaign joins 43 exceptional nonprofit organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region that will receive $50,000 in grant…

Happy Young Readers Day!

November 14 is Young Readers Day, and while we believe that every day should be spent celebrating and encouraging our city’s littlest learners, we’re happy to take this opportunity to remind you about the many wonderful…

Help Children Struggling with Reading by Becoming a Reading Captain Today!

Read by 4th is Philadelphia's Grade-Level Reading campaign, aiming to get all kids reading on grade-level by the time they reach 4th grade. Reading happens everywhere—in our schools, work, homes, and even our blocks! And this…

New Family Fun Literacy Backpacks at Eastwick Library!

Eastwick Library is excited to announce our new Family Fun Literacy Backpacks. Our backpacks are a pilot program selected by the Library’s Strategic Initiatives Office to support the City of Philadelphia’s citywide Read by…

Literacy Begins at Birth

From day one of their lives, children are exposed to words. Even before birth, babies hear what words sound like and once born, they can visually see printed letters in text. According to Make Way for Books , 90 percent of a…

Quality Pre-K Is Expanding In Philadelphia!

The City of Philadelphia has announced that it is expanding free, quality pre-K for 6,500 three- and four-year-olds over the next five years, with the first 2,000 seats available now! Families interested in the programs should act now,…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. The core components of the program are: Read Alouds, Writing Activities, Independent Reading, and…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. The core components of the program are: Read Alouds, Writing Activities, Independent Reading, and…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. The core components of the program are: Read Alouds, Writing Activities, Independent Reading, and…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. The core components of the program are: Read Alouds, Writing Activities, Independent Reading, and…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. The core components of the program are: Read Alouds, Writing Activities, Independent Reading, and…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. The core components of the program are: Read Alouds, Writing Activities, Independent Reading, and…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. The core components of the program are: Read Alouds, Writing Activities, Independent Reading, and…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. The core components of the program are: Read Alouds, Writing Activities, Independent Reading, and…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. The core components of the program are: Read Alouds, Writing Activities, Independent Reading, and…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. The core components of the program are: Read Alouds, Writing Activities, Independent Reading, and…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. The core components of the program are: Read Alouds, Writing Activities, Independent Reading, and…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. The core components of the program are: Read Alouds, Writing Activities, Independent Reading, and…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. The core components of the program are: Read Alouds, Writing Activities, Independent Reading, and…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. The core components of the program are: Read Alouds, Writing Activities, Independent Reading, and…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. The core components of the program are: Read Alouds, Writing Activities, Independent Reading, and…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. The core components of the program are: Read Alouds, Writing Activities, Independent Reading, and…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. The core components of the program are: Read Alouds, Writing Activities, Independent Reading, and…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. The core components of the program are: Read Alouds, Writing Activities, Independent Reading, and…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. The core components of the program are: Read Alouds, Writing Activities, Independent Reading, and…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. The core components of the program are: Read Alouds, Writing Activities, Independent Reading, and…

Pre-K

As 4 and 5 year old children get ready for Kindergarten, enjoy these books as they perfect their pre-literacy skills.

Babies

Books for parents to start reading to their babies on day one.

4th Grade

Quality choices for any 4th grader.

3rd Grade

Great books that a 3rd grader can read independently.

2nd Grade

Super books for 2nd graders

1st Grade

Suggested books for 1st graders.

Chapter Books

Books geared toward newly-independent readers from 1st through 3rd grade. More complex sentence structure and vocabulary are present in these books but you will also find small pictures throughout the text.

Dr. Seuss

Seussical selections from the classic children's book author!

Matt de la Peña and Loren Long | Love

Watch the video here . Matt de la Peña was awarded the Newbery Medal and a Caldecott Honor for Last Stop on Market Street , a children’s book that highlighted volunteerism, income inequality, and other topics not often addressed by the…