With all of the knowledge that we have on the benefits of early literacy exposure, it’s important for parents to make an effort to read to their children in the home and encourage a love for books at an early age. A few months back, I was introduced to a wonderful website that’s helped countless parents do just that. Developed about one year ago, Brightly, by Penguin Random House, made its debut for the purpose of helping parents to raise lifelong readers and foster a genuine love for books. Brightly is jam-packed with useful tips, tools, book recommendations, author essays, and all-around positivity related to anything and everything children’s books/literacy related.
Allow me to share with you a few of my favorite things about the Brightly website.
From Baby & Toddler (0-2) all the way through Teen (13+), Brightly offers articles related to countless topics on literacy at your child’s age level. For instance, if we take a close look at the Baby & Toddler page, there are TONS of helpful and informative articles that range in topic from themed book recommendation lists (such as The Best Bedtime Stories for Babies and Toddlers and All the Feels: 7 Books to Help Kids with Their Emotions) to tips for parents to make reading enjoyable and meaningful (such as Easy Ways to Get Your Kids to Read More This Year).
2) The Tips and Advice articles are actually helpful.
These aren’t finger-pointing “you shouldn’t do this” types of resources that assume that all children learn same and that there’s one best answer for everyone. Rather, the tips and advice articles featured on Brightly are written by real and honest parents, teachers, or literacy experts who share their life experiences and what they’ve learned via their real interactions with children. These writers make honest suggestions that apply to various situations and share personal stories to which parents can relate. To give you an idea of the broad spectrum of information parents can find on Brightly, here are a few Tips and Advice articles: