What is Early Literacy?
Early Literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Research shows that children get ready to read in a variety of ways years before they start school (right from birth even!). Our Early Literacy section gives parents and caregivers the information and ideas they need to help children prepare for school, as well as encourage literacy habits that build a confident and lifelong reader. For more information, select an Early Literacy link below.
Our list of 100 favorite picture books for pre-readers (printable).
Introduction to popular pre-reader program that builds a love of reading at home. Print book lists here.
Find library events and programs for kids.
Find preschools, daycares and learn about local resources for those in need.
Get the latest on which apps and websites are right for your child. Learn more about early literacy development for your family.
Can’t get to the library? You can use our e-resources to build a love of reading right from home. Or use some of our in-house e-resources to extend your child’s learning.
A quarterly newsletter to help parents of children from birth to age five put early literacy principles into practice.
Help your child get ready to read with these five early learning practices.
Learn how these six early learning skills can be incorporated into your child’s daily life.
Help enhance your child’s reading skills with these printable activities and worksheets.