Ready to Read at New York Libraries -- Early Literacy Resources and Research
Easy Ways to Grow a Great Reader is a tip sheet for families with young children available in English, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Creole, French, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish. View and download the tip sheet in any language to help parents enjoy reading with their young children.
Download and print on 8 1/2" x 11" card stock (4 to a sheet), two-sided in color.
Print and distribute these promotional bookmarks to library staff, trustees, friends groups, and educators.
To promote the DaybyDayNY.org web site to child care providers and families with young children, distribute the DaybyDayNY.org promotional bookmarks at locations with other library print materials, at the library circulation desk, and during visits to community organizations.
See also NY's Early Literacy Plan and You
- is a web site for young children and their families. It is part of the New York State Library early literacy initiative Ready to Read at New York Libraries.
- ALA/ALSC (Association of Library Service to Children): Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library; Research on Early Literacy (contains a wealth of information and research on Early Literacy)
- Bank Street's Guide to Literacy for Volunteers & Tutors (Primary emphasis is placed on early childhood education)
- BornLearning.org [Español]– A public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents, and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments in fun learning experiences.
- Center for Early Literacy Learning – This organization promotes the adoption and sustained use of evidence-based early literacy learning practices.
- Child Care & Early Education Research Connections – Promotes high quality research in child care and early education and the use of that research in policy making.
- Chemung County School Readiness Project – 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 Culture – 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 Resources – 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 format, 125k], adapted by Saroj Ghoting from materials provided by Every Child Ready to Read @ your library (print two-sided as two "bookmarks")
- EarlyLit.net - 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 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.org – This website has been developed by the NYS Council on Children and Families Head Start Collaboration Project to support professional development and improve the quality of early childhood and school-age programs.
- Family Place Libraries – 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 Partnership – The Family Reading Partnership is a nonprofit community organization that promotes early literacy.
- Get Ready to Read! – 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.
- Institute of Museum and Library Services: Kindergarteners Visitation to Libraries and Museums – Learn about how library visits affect young children.
- Jumpstart – 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.
- LiteracyCenter.Net; The Early Childhood Education Network –
- LiteracyINC –
- Literacy Inc. (LINC) builds neighborhood networks that support young readers.
- National Center for Family Literacy – 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 Research –
- NIEER conducts and communicates research to support high-quality, effective early childhood education for all young children.
- New York State Parenting Education Partnership –
- PBS Parents – A wealth of resources including crafts and videos.
- Reach Out and Read –
- 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 Calendar
- Text 4 Baby – 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] –
- Zero to Three: Early Language and Literacy – 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.
Adams, Marilyn J. “Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning About Print” MIT Press 1992
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS: Quality Early Education and Child Care From Birth to Kindergarten. Committee on Early Childhood, Adoption, and Dependent Care. Pediatrics, Jan 2005; 115: 187 - 191.
Burgess, S.R., Hecht, S.A. & Lonigan, C.J. (2002). Relations of the home literacy environment (HLE) to the development of reading-related abilities: A one-year longitudinal study [link is to ERIC record]. Reading Research Quarterly, vol. 37, 408-426.
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Jeffery, Debby Ann. Literate Beginnings: Programs for Babies and Toddlers [link is to ERIC record]. Chicago, IL: American Library Association, 1995.
McGee, Lea. “Repeated Interactive Read-Alouds in Preschool and Kindergarten.” International Reading Association.” The Reading Teacher. 60(8), 742-751.
Nespeca, Sue Mcleaf. "Urban Head Start Mothers: Their Personal Reading Habits, Involvement in Sharing Books with Their Children, and Perceptions of Their Public Library." Journal of Youth Services in Libraries. Vol.8. No.2. (Winter 1995):188-194.
Ortiz, R.W. (2000). The many faces of learning to read: The role of fathers in helping their children to develop early literacy skills. Multicultural Perspectives, vol. 2, 10-17
Teale, W.H. (1999). Libraries promote early literacy learning: Ideas from current research and early childhood programs [link is to ERIC record]. Journal of Youth Services in Libraries, vol 12, no 3, 9-16.