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Learning to read can be fun and easy. Talk with your child. Look at pictures and read books together. Name things around you wherever you go. Understanding and using words to describe the world is the start of building a wide vocabulary. Families who read together have strong relationships and their children will start school ready to learn.

Click on the links below to find some fun ways to give the gift of literacy to your child. Borrow books from the library. Attend story times. Get free books for your classroom or family childcare home from New Haven Reads or First Book. Explore your local resources!

New Haven Free Public Library

New Haven Reads!

First Book

Read to Grow

Reach Out and Read

Click on the links below to find some articles about early literacy.

Why Books Matter in Early Childhood

A Child Becomes a Reader

Feed Me a Story!

Every Grownup Is a Famous Storyteller

A Wealth of Words