“The single most important thing we can do to help our children grow into thoughtful, compassionate, literate adults is to read aloud to them.” —Emma Walton Hamilton, Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment
Early childhood literacy includes preparing our community’s babies, toddlers, and preschoolers to arrive “ready to learn” come kindergarten.
“The more books a child has read, the more words a child has heard, the better off they will be once they start school,” said Early Literacy Librarian Shelley Harris. Learn more about committing to the long-term goal of reading together »
Resources & tips
- Encourage spontaneous, meaningful language with these 9 ways to enrich your child’s life »
- See how you can encourage diversity, inclusion, and equity with storytime »
- Help your child prepare for kindergarten and beyond: Explore new apps and digital library tools (pdf) »