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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Free Summer Reading Resource

The DOE is excited to share that New York City families will have free access to more than 6,000 books through myON's digital library, including Spanish titles, through September 30. Families with children of all ages can access the digital library through a single login for each age group, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on any web-enabled device. 

Here's how to get to the MyON library

  1. Go to the myON website and click the Sign In button
  2. Enter the School Name: NYC Summer (type the first few letters and select the name from the dropdown list).
  3. Enter the appropriate Username according to your child's age group:
    • For children age four or younger:
      • nyca
      For children in kindergarten through grade two:
      • nycb
      For children in grades three to five:
      • nycc
      For children in grade six and up:
      • nycd
  4. Enter the password: myon
  5. Select Library or News from the tab at the top of the screen. Then choose a book or news article and start reading!

If you need help, contact myON Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm Eastern time: 888-728-1266 or email support@myon.com. Available through September 30, 2018.

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