AfterSchool KidzLit


Getting Started

Making Connections

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The AfterSchool KidzLit program is a reading enrichment program designed specifically for use in out-of-school settings, though it is also successful in the classroom. It increases young people’s motivation to read and builds their literacy skills. At the same time, it develops core values of helpfulness, fairness, personal responsibility, and respect for others.

Leaders use a five-part process in which children hear engaging books read aloud—or read them independently—and make connections to their own lives. They express their feelings and grapple with big ideas through discussion, drama, art, movement, and writing. Additional support for implementation is provided in our Quick Tips Plus booklet and Leader’s Guides.

Purchasing options for AfterSchool KidzLit

Support for the Common Core and Other State Standards

AfterSchool KidzLit is aligned with the Common Core and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) standards. Download the AfterSchool KidzLit Correlations to the Common Core State Standards for Grades K–8 and our Common Core Reflection Tool to support students’ academic achievement and readiness for college and career.

Additional Literacy Resources for After-school

Create an independent reading program at your site! Build your library with AfterSchool KidzLibraries; each library includes an Independent Reading Time Handbook to help you set up a reading program and guide children to just-right books. Choose from a variety of 15-book sets organized by grade level to suit your needs.

Expand your AfterSchool KidzLit program with new books from our AfterSchool KidzBooks collections. These 20-book collections represent a thoughtful mix of fiction and nonfiction titles designed to engage and delight readers in grades K–6. The collections also include a handbook to help leaders use the books as read-alouds, promote independent reading, or extend their use of the KidzLit program.

Support English Language Learners (ELLs) with books written in Spanish. Download our flyer to view AfterSchool KidzLit and AfterSchool KidzMath titles that are available in Spanish, which can be used to bridge comprehension gaps during read-alouds.