What is Early Literacy?
Early Literacy is what children need to know about reading and writing before they learn to read and write. Early literacy skills have a direct effect on a child’s success in school and beyond.
The six early literacy or pre‑reading skills that children must learn in order to learn to read are
Celebrating sounds through singing, dancing and rhyming.
ABC’s and More
Teaching your child the names, sounds and shape of letters.
See Words Everywhere
Pointing out and saying words everywhere you see them.
Enjoying books and reading.
Knowing the name of things, concepts, feelings and ideas.
Describing things and events as well as telling and retelling stories.
Get Your Child Ready to Read!The library provides the ideal environment and resources for early literacy development.
- Start by getting a free library card for you and your child.
- Attend Reading Ready storytimes which offer parents and caregivers a fun way to learn how they can prepare their children to learn to read. Using stories, songs and movement, library staff demonstrate various techniques to encourage early literacy skill development.
- Check the library catalog for books, DVD’s and Reading Ready craft resources.
- ABCmouse.com has 100’s of on‑line books, educational games and learning activities related to early literacy.
- Access the TumbleBooks Library, an online collection of children’s books.
- Download fingerplays and nursery rhymes to share with your child.