Early Literacy Resources

Every day, there are fun and easy ways to help your child build a lifelong love of reading.

Ages 3–4 (3-K and Pre-K)

Talk

  • Talk to your child in any language.
  • Make up stories together. Take turns imagining what comes next!
  • Describe the sounds you hear, like beeping cars, vrooming buses, and barking dogs.

Play

  • Sing songs and play rhyming word games together, in any language.
  • Visit the playground and count each time the swing goes back and forth!
  • Go to the park and look for interesting objects. Compare them by shape and color.

Read

  • Read street signs, labels, and even cereal boxes!
  • Help your child pick out their own books at your local library. Sign up for a free library card!
  • Re-read your child’s favorite books in any language your family speaks.

Download and print a tip sheet or poster to have on hand as your read with your child:

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Ages 5–8 (Kindergarten–Grade 2)

Talk

  • Ask questions! Try asking about words that rhyme, like “What word rhymes with car?”
  • Follow your child’s lead. If they seem interested in a book or topic, keep talking about it!
  • If you watch a movie or TV show together, talk to your child about what you’re watching. Ask, “What do you think will happen next?”

Play

  • Try a game of I Spy! “I spy with my little eye something beginning with the sound ‘f-f-f-f.’ What do you think it is?”
  • Ask your child to play rhyming games on the bus, on the subway, or in the car. "I rhyme with mat. I am a…"
  • Play board games like Scrabble, or write letters on a piece of paper and see what words your child can make.

Read

  • Visit your local library to read together or take home books. Sign up for a free library card!
  • Read books out loud together, in any language. Choose books your child is interested in.
  • When you’re out together, ask if your child can sound out words on store fronts and street signs.

Download and print a tip sheet or poster to have on hand, as you read with your child:

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