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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.

Reading Games & Activities

Tons of great games. Poptropica, Spellaroo, Word Confusion, and Rooting Out Words are all excellent.

Quizzes and games by National Geographic, as well as videos and photos about nature. Tests reading speed and knowledge.

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

Student must be registered by NHR staff – integral part of NHR phonics based instruction.

PBS Kids
Spelling Bee can be used in addition to Lexia, Alpha Pigs great for Kindergarten and 1st Graders, Attack of the Eraser is a fun and interactive video.

Phonics skills – 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 
457 children’s books read aloud via YouTube videos. All ages and grade levels.

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

Age-appropriate book recommendations for parents.

Chapter Books and stories read aloud by professionals with great feeling and expression.

Story Online 
A program of the Screen Actors Guild. Famous actors read children’s books.

Writing Skills

Another Storymaker 
Online storybook creator through the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Fantasy Writing Prompts
Online story maker that gives your child writing prompts to write out their creative imagination. For K – 6th Grade.

The Purdue Online Writing Lab
Resources on writing for grades 7-12 and ESL writing help.

An online portal to help students write and construct stories.

Suessville Storymaker
Online story maker featuring the characters of Horton Hears a Who!


Adapted Mind
Math for 1st to 8th graders.

Bedtime Math
Receive a daily math problem by email!

The 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
A site with resources on academic and skill trade services.

Free reading and math resources for parents to use with their children, including worksheets, games, and lesson plans for children from Pre-K to Grade 5.

Test Preview
Free online practice tests for all ages, including high school admissions, GED, and many more.

Varsity Tutors 
Free practice tests and assessments, and tutoring services for all ages at a fee based upon necessity.

New Haven Literacy and After-School Programs

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

Farnam Center
An enrichment program that provides youths from ages 6-18 with homework help, cultural experiences, and leadership development.

Junta for Progressive Action | The Neighborhood Place
Provides several programs targeting community enrichment, leadership development and after-school help.

A site that provides families with resources on summer programs, eco-friendly techniques, and things to keep your children active.

A program that provides both after-school and summer programs with a literacy-enriched curriculum for your children.

Music Haven 
A program that gives students an opportunity to connect with others through classical music lessons and performance.

Literacy Everyday 
Offers resources supporting literacy for all ages in the New Haven area.

Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven 
Offers a variety of resources such as tutoring, volunteer opportunities, computer classes, and employment support services.

New Haven Early Childhood Council
The council members work together to enhance early care and education. The site offers resources for early childhood programs.

New Haven Free Public Library
Offers summer and after-school programs as well as free community events

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

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

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

Connecticut Resources

Read to Grow 
Program that 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
Literacy Initiative that provides resources to enhance reading skills at home.

National Summer Learning Association
Promoting programs and providing resources to stop summer learning loss.