Borrow Reading Kits
The reading kits offered by Ready to Read Alaska can be borrowed by anyone living in Alaska. There are four different kinds of kits available.
If you live in the Anchorage municipality, you can borrow kits from any Anchorage Public Library location. If you are outside of Anchorage, but your library is part of the Alaska Library Catalog, you can use your library card to place a hold through the catalog or ask your local librarian for assistance. If you are outside of Anchorage in a community whose library is not part of the Alaska Library Catalog, you can ask your librarian to request a kit using Interlibrary Loan.
For families living in a community with no library (or no state funding for their libraries), you may be eligible for Alaska Mail Services. This service may also be available to persons living in remote areas but with mailing addresses in towns whose libraries receive state funds. Once you are signed up with Alaska Mail Services, you will be able to request one of our kits.
Take Advantage of Local Resources
Find out what your community has to offer to families. If you live in Fairbanks, Juneau, or the Mat-Su, there are some helpful websites dedicated to partnerships that want to ensure all children begin school ready to succeed:
Fairbanks Families | Juneau Families | Mat-Su Families.
Visit Your Local Library
Going to the library is a great way to find old and new favorite books to read aloud. Your local library may offer story time programs for young children. If you’re not sure where your local library is, this list of community libraries is a great starting point.
Families in Anchorage
If you live in or around the Anchorage municipality, please join us at any Anchorage Public Library location for stories, songs, rhymes, and fingerplays at our story time programs. You might also be interested in:
- Checking out board books, picture books, and music CDs from our collection
- Checking out Read it! Storypackets (for children ages 3-5)
Other Resources for Families
- Home Literacy Environment Checklist
Checklist created by www.GetReadyToRead.org that helps parents assess the literacy-friendliness of their home.
- I Am Ready: Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten Begins at Home
Short pamphlet on kindergarten readiness from the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.
- Imagination Library in Alaska
Imagination Library mails a FREE, high-quality, brand-new book each month to children from birth to age 5 who live in communities that support the program.
- Parents As Teachers
A support network that empowers parents to give their children a great start in life, includes one-on-one home visits and group events.
Helps parents make informed choices about child care and education. thread also offers family events and parent workshops.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Milestones in Action
Visit the CDC’s milestone website to view checklists and other resources related to your child’s development and see if they are on track.