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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Family Reading with the Harvard Family Research Project

The Harvard Family Research Project invites you to browse a new section of their website and learn how to use children's storybooks to promote family involvement in education!

Launched in partnership with Reading Is Fundamental, the Family Involvement Storybook Corner is a unique source for information on using children's storybooks with family involvement themes to engage families in their children's education and encourage family-school-community partnerships, all while supporting literacy. Family involvement storybooks can be used to promote the awareness, discussion, and practice of family involvement in a wide range of settings -- including family literacy programs, family support and parenting programs, out-of-school time programs, and ESL programs.

Come to the Storybook Corner to download an annotated bibliography of storybooks with family involvement themes for ages 4-8 or to get ideas on how to use family involvement storybooks in the classroom. You can also download a teacher lesson plan and parent handout for using a multicultural storybook to promote involvement, and you can discover what happened when one teacher used this lesson plan in her third grade classroom. When you visit the Storybook Corner, you can even find a teacher training tool for using a multicultural storybook to promote family involvement.

Future Storybook Corner resources will focus on Latino family involvement. These will include an annotated bibliography of storybooks on family involvement among Latino families, tools for reaching out to Latino families, and information on our own research-inspired family involvement storybook -- "Tomasito's Mother Comes to School," a story about building home-school connections for an immigrant Latino family.

To learn when these new resources are available, we invite you to join our Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE). When you join, you will receive monthly email updates about current ideas in family involvement. Membership is free, and as a member, you become part of a network of over 5,000 people who are interested in promoting strong partnerships among children's educators, their families, and their communities. You can learn more about FINE at:

Carrie-Anne DeDeo
Publications Editor
Harvard Family Research Project
3 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-495-9108
Fax: 617-495-8594

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