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Literacy Resources

If you would like more support or practice for your child, you can explore this list of free resources assembled by New Haven Reads staff.

Distance Learning


Resources and Links to Support Students

New Haven Public Library
NHFPL is now offering lots of resources such as virtual story times, homework helps, access to websites and books to download from a variety of sources to cell phones and tablets. 

Home With Your Kids? Writers Want to Help
Mo Willems, Gene Luen Yang, Amie Kaufman and other children’s authors are reading their work online and offering drawing tutorials to help fill our strange new hours.

Virtual Museum Tours
These 12 famous museums offer virtual tours and experiences from the comfort of your home. 

Lakeshore Learning
More than 1,000 FREE resources for the classroom and home. 

Audible Free Stories
All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone. 

Support Your Child’s Distance Learning (NHFPL)
Homework and learning resources from the New Haven Public Library.

Khan Academy
A “pretty amazing” free education resource for parents with children aged 2 – 18 years.

NASA Website
Fun and educational activities for kids to do from home.

Visit the link for access to free printable’s.

Mystery Science
Science lessons for children Kindergarten-5th grade *Available in Spanish

World Book Day  
Visit this link for access to virtual story time videos for kids

The Food Network 
Cooking with Kids offers kid friendly recipes

Resources and Links to Support Families

Comcast Free Internet
Comcast announces comprehensive COVID-19 response to help keep people connected to the internet. 

Weekly Updates to Help You Cope  
Weekly Coronavirus News and Tools. 

Distance Learning
8 Tips to get your child ready to learn from home. 


Funbrain has a selection of great games to choose from, including Poptropica, Spellaroo, Word Confusion, and Rooting Out Words.

This site has quizzes and games that test reading speed and knowledge, as well as videos and photos about nature. It is provided by National Geographic.

Houghton Mifflin Spelling and Vocabulary
This is an interactive site with activities ranging from grades 1 through 6 to enhance your child’s vocabulary and reading.

Lexia is an integral part of NHR phonics based instruction. Your student must be registered by NHR staff.

Online Reading and Drawing Tutorials
Share Online Reading and Tutorials Mo Willems, Gene Luen Yang, Amie Kaufman and other authors for young readers are reading their work online and offering drawing tutorials, to help fill our strange new hours.

PBS Kids
PBS Kids has a selection of games that will help your reader improve their skills, such Spelling Bee, Alpha Pigs (great for Kindergarten and 1st graders), and Attack of the Eraser.

Read.Write.Think helps your reader’s phonics skills by replacing letters to create new words.

Reading Rockets
Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project that offers a wealth of research-based reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better.

Books and Stories Out Loud

 Just Books Read Aloud 
This site provides 457 children’s books read aloud via YouTube videos for all ages and grade levels.

Online Storybooks
Magic Keys provides online books with some audio along with quizzes for reading comprehension.

This site provides age-appropriate book recommendations for parents.

Storynory has a selection of chapter books and stories read aloud by professionals with great feeling and expression.

Story Online 
Story Online is a program run by the Screen Actors Guild where famous actors read children’s books.

Writing Skills

Another Storymaker 
This site is an online storybook creator provided by The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Fantasy Writing Prompts
Fantasy Writing Prompts is an online story maker that gives your K – 6th grade child prompts to write out their creative imagination.

The Purdue Online Writing Lab
This site provides resources on writing for grades 7-12, as well as ESL writing help.

Seussville Storymaker
The Seussville Storymaker features the characters of Horton Hears a Who!


Adapted Mind
Adapted Mind is an interactive site with math exercises for 1st to 8th graders.

Bedtime Math
Your student can improve their math skills with a daily emailed math problem!

Khan Academy
This site has over 1,400 videos on YouTube covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, physics, chemistry, biology, and finance.


Adult Education
Adult Education has resources on academic and skill trade services.

This site has free reading and math resources for parents to use with their children, including worksheets, games, and lesson plans for children from Pre-K to 5th grade.

Test Preview
Test Preview has free online practice tests for all ages. Subjects include high school admissions, GED, and many more.

Varsity Tutors 
Varsity Tutors has free practice tests and assessments, as well as tutoring services for all ages. All fees are based upon necessity.

New Haven Literacy and After-School Programs

Boys and Girls Clubs of New Haven
The BGC provides support to low-income families through after-school sports and mentoring programs.

Farnam Center
The Farnam Center runs an enrichment program that provides youths aged 6-18 with homework help, cultural experiences, and leadership development..

The LEAP program provides both after-school and summer programs with a literacy-enriched curriculum for children.

Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven
The Literacy Coalition is a group of organizations and volunteers promoting, supporting, and advancing literacy every day.

Music Haven 
Music Haven is a free program that provides classical music lessons and performance opportunities.

Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven 
Literacy Volunteers offers a variety of resources such as tutoring, volunteer opportunities, computer classes, and employment support services for adults who need help with reading.

New Haven Free Public Library
The NHFPL offers summer and after-school programs, as well as free community events.

Solar Youth
This organization provides youth programming for ages 4 and up through community service, leadership opportunities, and internships.

Squash Haven
Squash Haven is a youth development program that enhances the academic and extracurricular lives of children through sports and health.

Urban Improvement Corps at Yale 
Urban Improvement Corps offers mentoring and tutoring programs that serve elementary through high school students at Yale University.

Connecticut Resources

Read to Grow 
Read to Grow’s program supports engraining literacy in your children from birth.

National Resources

Education Nation Parent Toolkit 
The Parent Toolkit is a one-stop shop resource that was produced and developed with parents in mind.

National Children’s Literacy Website
This site provides resources to enhance reading skills at home.

National Summer Learning Association
The NSLA promotes programs and provides resources to stop summer learning loss.