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 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.
- 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 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:
Ages 5–8 (Kindergarten–Grade 2)
- 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?”
- 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.
- 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: