Reading is Fundamental Literacy Central

Ages: 4 and upDeveloper: D'Vinci InteractivePublisher: Reading is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF)

The Reading is Fundamental (RIF) Literacy Central website provides parents, educators, and volunteers with online interactive and printable resources to serve as companion and enrichment activities for a variety of popular children’s picture books such as Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express and non-fiction wonders like Steve Jenkins’ Just a Second. There are also puzzle creators for users to make word searches, crosswords, and matching memory games of their own themes.

Our family is a huge fan of The Polar Express, so we spent the majority of our time exploring the resources for that particular story; however, the resources offered for other titles are comparable. The website has an interactive or printable word search, a handout to create an acrostic poem, snowflake cut-outs, and various crafts. It also features a 28-page, beautifully designed and illustrated activity kit with party and event ideas, invitations, name tags, recipe cards, icebreaker activities, word puzzles, fun facts, crafts, and more. There is even a read along video with music and sound effects.

Literacy Central’s wide variety of pre-created activities to engage children in reading, to enhance their overall experience, and to ensure thorough understanding of story content makes is a notable resource for parents and educators.

Sharon Heuscher ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.