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Growing Active Readers

Updated October 02, 2023

Audrey Rider

SDSU Extension Early Childhood Field Specialist

Teacher reads the Cat in the Hat to a class of young students

Originally written with contributions by Kimberly Cripps, former SDSU Extension Family & Community Health Field Specialist.

Growing Active Readers (formally iGrow Readers) is a series of book-based lessons to help young children understand the benefits of making healthy decisions involving nutrition and physical activity. The program uses 31 children’s books to begin the learning. After reading a book as a group, the children participate in nutrition and physical activities that re-enforce the lessons learned in the books. Growing Active Readers can be used for children in Pre-K to 3rd grade. Companion parent newsletters encourage reading and healthy lifestyles at home.

Using These Materials

Open the Lessons and Objectives file below for an overview of lesson contents, nutrition and physical activity objectives, activities and Oceti Sakowin descriptions. Individual lessons can be downloaded using the book titles or download all lessons in a zipped folder