Early Literacy Resources

Ready to Read at New York Libraries logoSee also NY's Early Literacy Plan and You; Early Literacy Partner Manual [PDF icon .PDF only; 1.6 Meg]

 

  • 1000 books before Kindergarten: created by the 1000 Books Foundation, a Nevada nonprofit whose objectives are to promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers, and to encourage parent and child bonding through reading.
  • ALA/ALSC  (Association of Library Service to Children): Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library; Research on Early Literacyexternal link opens in a new window (contains a wealth of information and research on Early Literacy)
  • Bank Street's Guide to Literacy for Volunteers & Tutorsexternal link opens in a new window (Primary emphasis is placed on early childhood education)
  • BornLearning.org [Español]external link opens in a new window– A public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents, and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments in fun learning experiences.
  • Center for Early Literacy Learningexternal link opens in a new window – This organization promotes the adoption and sustained use of evidence-based early literacy learning practices.
  • Child Care & Early Education Research Connections external link opens in a new window – Promotes high quality research in child care and early education and the use of that research in policy making.
  • Chemung County School Readiness Projectexternal link opens in a new window – The School Readiness Project is for all children and families living in Chemung County designed to help children start Kindergarten with a solid foundation for learning.
  • Cool Cultureexternal link opens in a new window – A New York City-based program that provides parents of young children with support in their role of being their child’s first educator.
  • Council on Children and Families: NYS Family Resourcesexternal link opens in a new window – This website is designed to help locate high-quality resources available online, in local libraries or by purchase at various stores.
  • Dialogic Hear and Say Reading pdf icon [.PDF format, 125k], adapted by Saroj Ghoting from materials provided by Every Child Ready to Read @ your library (print two-sided as two "bookmarks")
  • EarlyLit.netexternal link opens in a new window - Website for Saroj Ghoting, Early Childhood Literacy Consultant. Includes multiple resource pages with early literacy websites, research, videos, staff training information, handouts, and activities.
  • Early Literacy and You; An Overview of Early Literacy pdf icon [.PDF format, 471k], developed by Saroj Ghoting for Library of Virginia with support provided by the Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
  • Earlychildhood.orgexternal link opens in a new window – This website has been developed by the NYS Council on Children and Families Head Start Collaboration Projectexternal link opens in a new window to support professional development and improve the quality of early childhood and school-age programs.
  • Family Place Librariesexternal link opens in a new window – Family Place Libraries is a network of children's librarians nationwide who believe that literacy begins at birth, and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families.
  • Family Reading Partnershipexternal link opens in a new window – The Family Reading Partnership is a nonprofit community organization that promotes early literacy.
  • Get Ready to Read!external link opens in a new window – Get Ready to Read! is designed to support educators, parents, and young children in the development of early literacy skills in the years before kindergarten.
  • Growing Wisconsin Readers: a statewide initiative rooted in public libraries that aim to support Wisconsin caregivers of young children with information about early literacy so they can prepare children for learning at school and beyond
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services: Kindergarteners Visitation to Libraries and Museums external link opens in a new window – Learn about how library visits affect young children. 
  • Jumpstartexternal link opens in a new window – Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students and community Corps members to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods.
  • Jbraryexternal link opens in a new window is a blog with great storytime resources, including YouTube playlists and ideas about using puppets, music, dance, and more.
  • LiteracyCenter.Net; The Early Childhood Education Networkexternal link opens in a new window – provides learning resources and games for preschool children in four languages: English, French, German, and Spanish.
  • LiteracyINCexternal link opens in a new window – Literacy Inc. (LINC) builds neighborhood networks that support young readers.
  • National Center for Family Literacyexternal link opens in a new window – NCFL provides support and strategies to a network of entities involved in families learning together, including educators, schools, community-based organizations, and libraries.
  • National Institute for Early Education Researchexternal link opens in a new window – NIEER conducts and communicates research to support high-quality, effective early childhood education for all young children.
  • New York State Parenting Education Partnershipexternal link opens in a new window – NYSPEP helps professionals — and the parents and primary caregivers of children whom they serve — obtain the skills, tools and support needed to raise healthy, nurtured children.
  • PBS Parentsexternal link opens in a new window – A wealth of resources including crafts and videos.
  • Reach Out and Read external link opens in a new window – An evidence-based nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.
  • South Carolina Day by Day Family Literacy Activity Calendarexternal link opens in a new window
  • Storytime Underground external link opens in a new window is a peer community for storytime staff and includes storytime resources, Storytime University for professional development, and a place to ask questions.
  •  Text 4 Babyexternal link opens in a new window – This website, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, is available to sign up to receive free text messages with information to help families during pregnancy and up until the baby’s first birthday.
  • U.S. Department of Education: Helping Your Child Become a Reader [Español]external link opens in a new window
  • Zero to Three: Early Language and Literacyexternal link opens in a new window – An evidence-based nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.
Karen Balsen is the Project Director for
Ready to Read at New York Libraries. For more information,
contact Karen at 518-486-2194; Fax: 518-486-5254.
Last Updated: October 13, 2015 -- asm