Hands-on Activities to Encourage Young Readers

Reading Activities for Parents and Caregivers

Explore some of RIF's collections of best practices to encourage and motivate young readers. Hands-on activities, recommended book lists, strategies for parents and caregivers, alphabet coloring pages, and tips for reading aloud. These printable and downloadable resources support literacy development for a range of ages, abilities, and interests. Many of these materials are available in English and Spanish.

Reading Aloud with Children of All Ages

Tips and strategies from Derry Koralek for reading aloud to children of all ages. This article is...

Chillin' Activities for a Winter Day

Don’t let the winter be a bore; pick an activity—lots of fun in store! Print this activity guide full of STEM connections to make the best use of being stuck inside in the winter.

Share the Message: Read!

This guide will help you and the children in your life build upon the many wonderful...

Book Character Word Search

Find and circle the names of familiar book characters from children's classics.

Preschoolers and Reading

The tips and strategies in this Reading Is Fundamental guide will help you turn everyday activities into enjoyable learning experiences for your preschooler.

Animal Coloring Pages

Get wild with these downloadable and printable animal coloring pages.

A to Z Coloring Pages

Help students learn the alphabet with these printable coloring pages for every letter.

A to Z Coloring Pages in Spanish

Help students learn their letters with these printable coloring pages aligned with Spanish words for every letter of the alphabet.

El Cocodrilo Coloring Page

Print this coloring page to help students learn the alphabet in Spanish.

El Pajaro Coloring Page

Print this coloring page to help students learn the alphabet in Spanish.

Las Mariposas Coloring Page

Print this coloring page to help students learn the alphabet in Spanish.

Las Libelulas Coloring Page

Print this coloring page to help students learn the alphabet in Spanish.

Los Peces Coloring Page

Print this coloring page to help students learn the alphabet in Spanish.

El Flamenco Coloring Page

Print this coloring page to help students learn the alphabet in Spanish.

Las Ranas Coloring Page

Print this coloring page to help students learn the alphabet in Spanish.

El Hipopotamo Coloring Page

Print this coloring page to help students learn the alphabet in Spanish.

El Pulpo Coloring Page

Print this coloring page to help students learn the alphabet in Spanish.

Los Pelicanos Coloring Page

Print this coloring page to help students learn the alphabet in Spanish.

Los Conejos Coloring Page

Print this coloring page to help students learn the alphabet in Spanish.

El Rinoceronte Coloring Page

Print this coloring page to help students learn the alphabet in Spanish.

Los Caballitos de Mar Coloring Page

Print this coloring page to help students learn the alphabet in Spanish.

La Tortuga Coloring Page

Print this coloring page to help students learn the alphabet in Spanish.

La Ballena Coloring Page

Print this coloring page to help students learn the alphabet in Spanish.

Preschoolers and Reading in Spanish

This Spanish version of reading tips and strategies help you turn everyday activities into enjoyable learning experiences for your preschooler.

Sharing Books and Activities During the First Four Years

A Story Sampler makes books come alive for children. It is a book-based thematic approach to...

Science Discoveries for Children in Kindergarten through Grade 3

A Story Sampler makes books come alive for a young child. It is a book-based, thematic approach to...

Considering Character for Children in Kindergarten through Grade 3

A Story Sampler makes books come alive for children. It is a book-based, thematic approach to...

Owl Buddy Bookmark

A how-to handout for creating a cute owl bookmark, a goal-settting activity, and additional suggestions for reading fun.

Play Ball! A Poetry Grand Slam featuring Casey at the Bat and Baseball-Themed Activities

Baseball-themed reading activities featuring the poem Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer.

Activities that Build Writing Skills

Suggestions for play activities to help young children build language, thinking, and physical skills that they will use to develop early writing skills.

Choosing Materials for Retelling Stories

Suggestions for materials to use to help children build comprehension skills, and understand language structure and a sense of story.

Conversation Tips and Activities

Tips for fostering meaningful conversations with children and helping them express their ideas clearly.

Conversations Background Information

Learn more about how oral language experiences contribute to children's language and literacy development.

Emergent Writing Background Information

Background information about the stages of learning how to write and spell and ideas for how parents and caregivers can support children's early efforts to express themselves on paper.

Ensuring a Print-Rich Environment

Practical suggestions for setting up the home environment to support children's explorations with language, print, and writing.

Equipping a Listening Area

Tips on how to create a listening area where children can enjoy audio books without distubing others.

Equipping a Writing Area

Tips on what to include in a writing area to give young learners the opportunity to write with a purpose.

February Friendship Fun!

Fun activities to foster friendship and reflect on what it means to be a friend.

Fly Into Summer With Reading!

Fun activities and recommended book titles for exploring space and flight.

Growing Up Reading

Tips for sharing books, playing games, singing songs, and having conversations with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers on a handy growth chart.

Guidelines for Choosing Read-Aloud Books

Guidelines and tips for picking developmentally appropriate books to share with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Including Literacy-Related Activities in the Daily Schedule

Tips for integrating reading and literacy-related activities into learning activities throughout the day.

Languages of the World

Facts and fun handout for kids related to the incredible variety of lanugages spoken and written around the world.

More Tips for Choosing Read-Aloud Books

Tips for choosing books for young readers that send positive messages about many different lifestyles.

Reading Aloud: Background Information

Background information on the importance of reading aloud to young children along with tips and guidelines for picking books and read-aloud techniques.

Beehive Builders

A how-to handout for a beehive building activity to support a reading of "The Honeybee Man" by Lela Nargi.

Colorful Creatures

A how-to handout for making a colorful creatures from yarn, craft sticks, and pipe cleaners to support a reading of "Extra Yarn" by Marc Barnett.

Create a Classroom Quilt

A how-to handout for making a colorful classroom quilt to support a reading of "The Patchwork Quilt" by Valerie Flournoy.

Setting the Stage for Literacy: Background Information

Tips for family child care (FCC) providers for creating literacy-rich environments to to support children's explorations with language, print, and writing.

Setting Up Your Environment to Support Childrens Literacy Development

A handout with tips for designing a special literacy-rich space in a home or home family child care facility.

Stages in Learning to Write

Information on the stages through which young children progress in learning to write--from scribbling to using letters to represent sounds in words.

Strategies to Help Children Develop Literacy Skills

Tips and strategies to help caregivers incorporate language learning opportunities for children into daily activities.

Supporting Children in Conversations in Specific Settings

Suggestions for helping children actively participate in conversations.

Supporting Young Learners: Tips and Activities for Families from Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)

Time-tested tips and easy-to-implement activities to be given to any adult who plays a role-at any stage-in a child's literacy journey.

Techniques to Enhance the Read-Aloud Experience

Techniques for helping caring adults make the most of read-aloud experience with young learners.

Tips to Encourage Children's Writing

Tips for using journals, artwork, and other writing materials to encourage children's writing.

What Do Young Children Know About Conversation? Infants and YoungToddlers

Tips and strategies for helping infants and young toddlers develop language skills and become active partners in conversations.

What Do Young Children Know About Conversation? Older Toddlers and Preschoolers

Tips and strategies for helping older toddlers and preschoolers develop language skills and become equal and active partners in conversations.

Building Blocks: Helping Children Learn New Concepts

This handout for parents recommends book titles and activity ideas related to helping kids learn new concepts like counting and letter recognition.

Celebrate Me: Treating Each Child as a Special Person

This handout for parents recommends book titles and activity ideas related to helping your child embrace his/her identity and uniqueness.

Cooks and Books: Family Learning in the Kitchen

This handout for parents recommends book titles and activity ideas to help families discover delicious ways to learn together with food.

Family Life: Finding Fun in Everyday Routines

This handout for parents recommends book titles and activity ideas to help families discover delicious ways to learn together with food.

Family Stories: Sharing Memories and Pride

This handout for parents recommends book titles and activity ideas to encourage families to share family stories.

Fun with Friends: How to Make Friends and Be Friends

This handout for parents recommends book titles and activity ideas related to helping children develop strong friendships.

More Books: Where to Find, Keep, and Read Them

This handout for parents recommends book titles and activity ideas related to creating a home library.

Sing Aloud: Singing and Rhyming Together

This handout for parents recommends book titles and activity ideas related to engaging young readers through music and poetry.