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The Read Aloud Factor

Children's Literacy Coalition of Los Angeles Be There Bedtime Stories is proud to be a recognized Partner of the Children's Literacy Coalition of Los Angeles, sharing in it's core mission to raise awareness on the importance of literacy.

Literacy is the foundation upon which all childhood development can grow. From science textbooks to word problems in math to history, if a child struggles with reading then [s]he will struggle with all other subjects throughout the education experience.

Did you Know?

A child spends 900 hours a year in school and 7,800 hours at home. Who’s the most important teacher when it comes to literacy?

Countless studies have suggested that simply reading aloud DAILY to children under age 5 is the most effective way to ensure literacy for life. Our multi media technology provides families far apart with the opportunity to participate building this important foundation. By adding a video camera to this developmental, storytelling activity, you can build literacy AND build relationships with young family members in a meaningful way.

Our Roundtable of Advocacy

The mission of the CLC-LA is to bring families, schools and communities together in our common goal to raise awareness on early literacy and provide access to books, regardless of socio-economic conditions or geographical location.

Our founder, Alison Sansone, serves at this roundtable of advocacy. Visit the CLC-LA to learn more about the mission or to get involved and join the roundtable!

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Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read is an evidence based nonprofit organization promoting early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide. They've got 28,000 doctors, nurses and medical providers raising awareness on the programs developed from their 14 published research studies. Here's the 1, 2, 3's on their vital research:
  1. Reading aloud to children is the single most effective tool for developing language and literacy.
  2. The 3.9 million children served by Reach Out and Read enter kindergarten with a 6 month developmental edge.
  3. Currently, 34% of children enter kindergarten without the basic language skills they will need to learn to read.
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Reach Out And Read This link will take you to the Reach Out and Read website to learn more.

Read Across California in March

Read Across CA Did you know that California just passed a statewide resolution to celebrate the entire month of March as Read Across CA Month? Did you know that the kickoff on March 2nd is in conjunction with Read Across America Day AND Dr. Seuss' birthday? Did you know that Be There Bedtime Stories built the website for this important literacy campaign?

When we heard about the legislation marking March as Read Across California month, we were thrilled about a campaign that was planning to promote reading 30 minutes a day for 30 days. What better way to keep the activity of reading fresh and fun, and to share the activity with kids, than to read aloud to them in front of your webcam! That's why each visitor may enjoy one FREE story from our website throughout the kickoff weekend, on March 3rd and 4th!

But wait, there's more! We're celebrating all month long with our Buy One Get One FREE promotion - just enter this code at checkout: readacrossca for unlimited discounts through March 31st. Each time you read, you get a second one FREE - that's a 50% savings! We're passionate about literacy and proud to be Californians, which is why we're celebrating this new holiday month with special discounts all month long!

Here's why storytelling with Webtime Stories™ is such a valuable experience for your family:

  • A United States Department of Education analysis found that children who were read to at least three times a week by a family member were almost twice as likely to score in the top 25 percent reading level.
  • Reading out loud to children increases their interest in mastering reading and exposes children to proper vocabulary, grammar, and phrasing, and enhances the development of their own reading skills.
  • The Public Policy Institute of California’s report, “Lessons in Reading Reform: Finding What Works” (2010), highlights the fact that struggling elementary and middle school pupils who are given extra time for reading can make sizable gains in literacy.
  • Webtime Stories™ isn't just reading - it's storytelling! These treasured recordings will be enjoyed by your family today, but the storytelling experience can be shared with future generations in your family 100 years from now!
Source: Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 62 (ACR 62) Relative to Read Across California Month

Reading Webtime Stories™ is a great way to engage with multi media while still reaping the benefits of reading aloud to build literacy. Take a look around the store and dog-ear books to your account to record during the month of March, so you can participate in the pledge to read 30 minutes a day for 30 days.

After all, a kid's college transcripts depend on it!

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Developing Early Literacy

Conventional reading and writing skills that are developed in the years from birth to age 5 have a clear and consistently strong relationship with later conventional literacy skills. Additionally, six variables representing early literacy skills or precursor literacy skills had medium to large predictive relationships with later measures of literacy development. These six variables not only correlated with later literacy as shown by data drawn from multiple studies with large numbers of children but also maintained their predictive power even when the role of other variables, such as IQ or socioeconomic status (SES), were accounted for. These six variables include:

  • alphabet knowledge (AK): knowledge of the names and sounds associated with printed letters
  • phonological awareness (PA): the ability to detect, manipulate, or analyze the auditory aspects of spoken language (including the ability to distinguish or segment words, syllables, or phonemes), independent of meaning
  • rapid automatic naming (RAN) of letters or digits: the ability to rapidly name a sequence of random letters or digits
  • RAN of objects or colors: the ability to rapidly name a sequence of repeating random sets of pictures of objects (e.g., “car,” “tree,” “house,” “man”) or colors


Source: National Institute for Literacy
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NAEYC and IRA: Where We Stand on Learning to Read and Write

Literacy doesn’t begin at kindergarten—or even in preschool. Babies respond to adults talking to them; 1-year-olds point to pictures in books; and 2-year-olds chant nursery rhymes. These and other first steps lay the foundations for literacy.


Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children
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Six Early Literacy Skills

Young children need a variety of skills to become successful readers. A panel of reading experts has determined that six specific early literacy skills become the building blocks for later reading and writing. Research indicates that children who enter school with more of these skills are better able to benefit from the reading instruction they receive when they arrive at school.
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