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 WORDS: New experiences mean new words. Read animal signs at the zoo, or on signs or packages at the store. Read maps everywhere!
Kids love hearing STORIES about themselves. Share their arrival story, tell the story of their day, turn them into dinosaur-riding royalty!
SHARE SONGS: Set directions and new words to song: kids will learn and remember them better! Adapt songs you already know for your routines.
Hallo! SHARE SOUNDS (+ books/songs, etc) in all languages you know. It helps build language foundations and prepare kids to be global citizens.
Learn how to use ideas from books to expand your child's learning! Miss Jenny and Miss Shelley share fun sounds and opposites, plus learning expansion ideas.
View our entire playlist on YouTube.
Visit the poetry section (J811) to SHARE RHYMES: Find fun kids' poetry books for all ages by Shel Siverstein, Langston Hughes and more.