It is time to make this summer a page-turner for New York City’s youngest students.
Thanks to an investment of $1.5 million, approximately 200,000 hard-copy books are being distributed to over 70,000 families with children in 3-K, pre-k, and preschool special education programs. The books, which families will receive by the end of the school year, come with letters to families regarding the importance of summer learning for children. Each letter also includes tips that families can use all summer long to help encourage their children to read and build upon what they learned in preschool.
The three books we are distributing to families are:
- The Feelings Book;
- Be Who You Are; and
- The Family Book.
All three titles are by award-winning children’s book author, Todd Parr, and each book helps children and families learn how to identify and manage their emotions.
“3-K and Pre-K for All are the foundation of our students’ long-term academic success, and our investment in literacy begins during this crucial time in our students’ lives,” said Chancellor Richard A. Carranza when announcing the book giveaway. “These new summer reading books will help foster a love of reading in our youngest students, and give families an opportunity to read and learn together.”
In addition, all City families will have free access to the myON Digital Library until September 30. This resource contains more than 6,000 age-appropriate titles, including titles in Spanish and child-friendly news articles, and is available on any web-enabled device. Information on how to access the myON Library will be shared with families through their schools; we’ll also share this information on our website, social media, and right here on The Morning Bell.
This book and digital library distribution is aligned with the City’s Universal Literacy initiative, which aims to strengthen early literacy instruction across all City public schools. For more information about the DOE’s Summer Reading Book Giveaway, please review our press release.