Where to Find Free Resources to Encourage Literacy at Home

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Any parent who has worked through a beginning reader course with their child knows the importance of finding fun and engaging literature to share with them. As your child’s imagination grows, so does their interest in a variety of different topics. For this reason, it is helpful to know where you can find free resources that you can rely on to continue encouraging literacy at home. 

Some of the different places that we recommend where you can find free literacy resources to help continue the journey of helping your children learn how to read include both online programs and brick and mortar locations. Here are a few places to get started:

  1. Your local libraryOne of the best ways to celebrate the success of your child as they begin to start reading is to plan a fun trip to the library! Allowing them to pick out the books that they are interested in and making a ritual of going to this special place will soon become a part of their schedule that they look forward to. Spend time reading these books and explain how these books are loaned to you, so it is important to take care of them and return them in good condition. If you don’t have time to make a trip to your local library, check out the American Library Association’s website to learn more about the online resources that they offer for free. 
  2. Your child’s school – If you have a school-aged child who is learning to read, ask their teacher for any supplemental materials that they could take home with them in order to practice their new skill. Most teachers will be delighted that you are working with your child and helping them learn how to read. In addition to this, ask around to see if there are any supplemental literacy programs or resources available through your child’s school itself. For example, many schools are involved in programs that encourage literacy and will be happy to share this information with you.  
  3. America Reads Literacy Program – The goal of the America Reads Challenge is to ensure that all children will be able to read on their own by the end of third grade. While your child might have a head start after completing a Stepping Stones Together course, there are a lot of fantastic supplemental reading materials on their website. They have a large number of literacy tools and even a few fun TedX Talks that cover the subject of teaching kiddos who are beginning to read. 

Have you been able to find some helpful free resources that really helped encourage literacy in your home? Let us know which are your favorite places to find these resources, and how did your kiddos like them? We’d love to hear your thoughts, so please feel free to email us at You can also visit us on our Facebook page and leave a comment for the community to see!