Early Bird Readers is a digital early learning program to support parents, caregivers, and teachers. It is based on the Very Ready Reading Program used in all library storytime classes. Each week, a children’s librarian will text a tip or activity to share with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, with additional activity videos sent monthly. All texts and videos will be made available on this page.
Get your child on the path to reading
There are seven simple ways to get children on the path to reading, and it’s never too early to start. Share books, songs, stories, words, rhymes, sounds, and play to give them the building blocks needed to learn how to read later.
By sharing one of these every day, you can build reading and words into your daily routines and conversations with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. When children are used to hearing new words and know how stories are told, reading books won’t be so overwhelming when they start school. By using the words and stories all around us instead of flash cards, you will give your kids a better foundation to become readers when they are ready. Contact Shelley Harris or Jenny Jackson with any questions.
Early Bird Readers texts and videos
SHARE PLAY: Don’t just read read stories, act them out! It builds reading comprehension. Read a jungle book, then pretend to explore one.
SHARE STORIES: Make shadow animals with a flashlight and share their adventures! Build off kids' ideas to create a middle and ending.
Gardening and nature fun is for babies, toddlers and preschoolers! Check out our new SHARE NATURE WORDS video for ideas.
SHARE SOUNDS: Read a true book about nature and practice making animal and other sounds. Can you mimic sounds of nature you hear outside?
SHARE WORDS by labeling items (and people!) around rooms. Kids will naturally match words with the name of the object, no quizzing needed.
SHARE RHYMES and fingerplays like Itsy Bitsy Spider or Thumbkin when stuck waiting in line. Strengthen fingers to hold books and pencils later!