Cart 0
Cart 0


Creative literacy for the whole child.


Our Vision

LᐧMᐧNᐧOᐧPlay! was born out of the desire to deliver a uniquely balanced and joyful approach to acquiring early literacy skills.

After a collective 24 years of teaching in New York City, we realized three things:

  1. All learning, no matter the age, must be built on a foundation of joy.

  2. Even the youngest children can learn essential literacy skills if engaged in age-appropriate ways.

  3. There is nothing out there that offers a play-based progressive approach to pre-literacy development.

And so, we created a space for it all to happen.


Who We Are

We are Annie Dycus and Rachel Rubin, two early-childhood educators with a passion for literacy and a love of collaborative learning. After teaching Kindergarten together, we decided to combine our twenty-four years of teaching in New York City to create programs that joyfully deliver foundational literacy skills.

“Annie and Rachel are experts at finding ways to connect with children and engage them in play. I can't say enough good things to truly capture the magic that happens at LᐧMᐧNᐧOᐧPlay! and I whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone with preschool aged children.”

- Chelsea C., parent of LᐧMᐧNᐧOᐧPlay! learners Max and Nora

Our Programs

Play-based Book Clubs: LᐧMᐧNᐧOᐧPlay! takes a balanced and joyful approach to teaching early literacy skills. All of our programs include multi-sensory engagement, play, and uniquely designed educational materials that nurture the whole child.

Bite-sized book club FOR PARENTS of newborns (bring your BABIES 0-9 monthS)

This one is for YOU! A comforting community for new parents where the reading (short stories, micro-fiction, excerpts from novels) is short and the conversation joyfully disjointed.

Books Before Screens (Ages 3-5) *drop-off class

A joyful pre-literacy workshop where children and teachers bring stories to life through multi-sensory play and uniquely designed educational materials. Join our little book club in the big city!

Beyond the book (Ages 3-6) *drop-off class

A literature inspired play lab where children are the makers and books come to life through guided play.

Books & Babes (Ages 12-24 months)

The littlest book club for babies and caregivers to learn about play together.

Build the book (Ages 5-7) *Drop-off class

An interactive literacy workshop designed for young authors ready to build a book of their own!