ELL Resources

Below is a collection of some of the most highly recommended English Language Learning resources.

Early Literacy Skills
  • Handouts English/Spanish on the Six Early Literacy Skills
  • The Bookworm Newsletter:
  • English



    Print Motivation Print Motivation

    Print Awareness: French
    Vocabulary: Farsi
    Narrative Skills: Farsi
    Phonological Awareness: French
    Families: German
    Vocabulary: Korean  

    Print Awareness Print Awareness
    Vocabulary Vocabulary
    Letter Knowledge Letter Knowledge
    Narrative Skills Narrative Skills
    Phonological Awareness Phonological Awareness

    "Six Skills" Activity Sheets

    Take-home activity sheets that reinforce each of the Six Early Literacy skills. Use for enhanced storytimes, literacy stations, Tubby Buddy boxes, and parent workshops.

    English Activity Sheets

    Spanish Activity Sheets

    Print Motivation  Motivación impresa
    Print Awareness  Conciencia de lo impreso
    Vocabulary  Vocabulario
    Letter Knowledge  Conocimiento de las letras
    Narrative Skills  Habilidades narrativas
    Phonological Awareness  Conciencia fonológica


    Bilingual Storytime Skills
    Website with Spanish or Bilingual Music, Songs, and Rhymes
    Spanish/Bilingual Websites
    Additional Websites
    • Reading Rockets
      Provides detailed information about learning to read and strategies for supporting struggling readers at home, at school, and in the community. It offers news, practical information, expert advice, and resources for parents, teachers, tutors, child care providers, and policy makers.
    • Arlington Public Library - Cuentos y mas
      Cuentos y Más is an Arlington Virginia Network (AVN) production, brought to you by Arlington Public Library. The program was born in 2004 as an initiative of Arlington Public Library and Arlington Virginia Network in  response to the large number of community requests for bilingual library storytimes.
    • Américas Award
      The Américas Award is given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) published in the previous year in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States.
    • America Reads Spanish
      America Reads Spanish is an organization whose main goal is to ensure the availability of Spanish language reading materials in schools and libraries nationwide.
    • Ed.gov: Education Resources for Spanish Speakers
      This site, sponsored by the Department of Education, provides links for Spanish speaking parents of school-age children.
    • El Día de los niños/El Día de los libros
      This section of Pat Mora's website offers information on how she founded the celebration, as well as updates on how libraries around the country celebrate the holiday each year on April 30th.
    • Festival of Mexico
      This site is dedicated to bringing you diverse information about the wonderful folk arts of Mexico, Mexican crafts, and Mexican culture.
    • First Book
      First Book is a national nonprofit organization with a single mission: to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and to own their first new books.
    • Head Start: Information in Spanish
      This website offers information about the Head Start program in Spanish, including FAQs for parents and a Head Start search engine that can be used to find local programs.
    • International Children's Digital Library
      This digital library hosts a collection of books from around the world.
    • National Council of La Raza
      NCLR is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization established in 1968 to reduce poverty and discrimination and improve life opportunities for Hispanic Americans.
    • National Institute for Literacy (NIFL)
      The Institute serves as a focal point for public and private activities that support the development of high-quality regional, state, and national literacy services.
    • Public Libraries Using Spanish (PLUS)
    • Pura Belpré Award
      This award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
    • Reach Out and Read
      A program designed to encourage reading in families and increase children's exposure to literature. Doctors and nurses are trained to read with parents and children at check-ups and then books are given to the family. Lists local programs and information on literacy resources.
    • Resources for Dual Language Learners
      This website from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers articles, tip sheets and other resources you can use to meet the needs of diverse populations and promote dual language learning, including information about Head Start and ELLs.
    • The Global Fund for Children
      The Global Fund for Children advances the dignity of youth around the world by making small grants to innovative community-based organizations and highlighting multiculturalism and issues that affect children through a dynamic media and book- publishing program.
    • U.S.A. Learns
      U.S.A. Learns is a free Web site for adults to learn English and improve their basic reading, writing, speaking, and life skills. It offers online video courses by topic, essential vocabulary, and assessment tools.
    • WebJunction Idaho - Spanish Speakers 
    • Periodic Table of Elements - A Periodic Table of Elements that contains more than 25 scientific truths about each element including density, state, atomic radius, etc.. Can be translated into 8 languages.
    Booklists and Publishers

    Chicago Public Library has several booklists of Spanish-language materials for birth to 5 years:

    Other Booklists Publishers
    • Arte Público Press: Piñata Books - Piñata Books is an imprint of Arte Público Press dedicated to the publication of children's literature that authentically and realistically portrays themes, characters, and customs unique to U.S. Hispanic culture. Books published under this imprint include bilingual picture books for children and entertaining novels and short-story collections for young adults by authors such as Pat Mora, Diane Gonzales Bertrand, Victor Villaseñor, Ofelia Dumas Lachtman, and many others.
    • Asia for Kids - Asia for Kids offers bilingual books and language learning materials with a focus on Chinese. Other cultures/languages represented include Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, India, Hmong, Central Asia, and Pakistan.
    • Barefoot Books - Barefoot Books is a company offering children's books, CDs, and gifts designed to cultivate and encourage creativity, independence, and diversity.
    • Children's Book Press
      Children's Book Press is a nonprofit publishing house that promotes cooperation and understanding through multicultural and bilingual literature.
    • Cinco Puntos PressCinco Puntos Press publishes a variety of titles for children, teens, and adults, many of which originate in the Southwestern United States. Their titles include many bilingual books, CDs, early readers, and folktales.
    • Lee and Low Books
      An independent children's book publisher focusing on diversity. It is the company's mission to meet the need for stories that all children can identify with and enjoy.
    • National Geographic School PublishingDifferentiated themed sets, reading programs, magazines, and content-based fiction materials created for ELLs and struggling readers. Strong emphasis on understanding science, social studies, and math content while improving literacy skills.
    • New Readers PressNew Readers Press is a publishing division of ProLiteracy, the world's largest organization of adult basic education and literacy programs. New Readers Press offers a wide variety of materials, including ESL and citizenship resources, a weekly newspaper designed for beginning readers, and GED/life skills resources.
    • Star Bright BooksStar Bright Books is an independent publishing company dedicated to producing the highest quality books for children. Star Bright Books produces books that embrace children of all colors, nationalities, and abilities, and they currently publish books in 16 languages.
    Information and Resources for Refugees and New Immigrants