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Mother reading to child

This section of the Harvard Family Research Project website is a unique new source for information on using children's storybooks with family involvement themes to engage families in their children's education and encourage family–school–community partnerships, all while supporting literacy.

The Storybook Corner offers resources to help educators, families, and those who work with families promote the awareness, discussion, and practice of family involvement in children's education in a wide range of settings. Launched in partnership with Reading Is Fundamental, Storybook Corner provides a list of storybooks with family involvement themes and tools for using the storybooks, as well as our own original bilingual online storybook. The Storybook Corner is a part of the Family Involvement Storybook Project, a unique way to move research into practice.

The Storybook Corner provides one way to put into action Harvard Family Research Project’s complementary learning approach to closing the achievement gap. In order for children to be successful there must be an array of linked learning supports around them. Storybook Corner resources help build critical complementary learning linkages among families, schools, and community organizations—in particular the connection between families and schools.

Using Storybooks

Read more about family involvement storybooks and how they can promote family engagement in children's education and learning.

The Bookcase

View an annotated list of read-aloud storybooks with family involvement themes.

The Reference Desk

Access general tools and storybook-specific tool kits for using storybooks to promote family involvement.

Tomasito's Mother Comes to School/La mamá de Tomasito visita la escuela

Read our online bilingual storybook about family involvement at school designed to engage children and families.

Related Readings

Get research and information on family involvement in children's early literacy and family involvement in Latino families.

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