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
Explore Jenny and Shelley's favorite books that you can sing and other great ways to SHARE SONGS in our latest video!
SHARE WORDS: Expand vocab in a fun way! Say SUV or convertible instead of just car, Labrador or spaniel instead of dog. Be specific!
Have your child draw a picture, then write down their narration of what happens in the picture. Then SHARE the STORY with friends!
SHARE RHYMES and play with words! Can your child find a word that *doesn't rhyme? Ed, Ned, Ted can't but Bob can: http://bit.ly/dustbunniesbook
SHARE BOOKS that your child loves. Crazy for Captain America or Peppa Pig? Bring those books home in stacks to keep reading enthusiasm high.
SHARE PLAY: Kids learn best by playing, not by flashcards, workbooks, or quizzes. Introduce science, counting and more during play together.