Preschool girl with bookEarly Literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they actually read or write.

Six pre-reading skills get children ready to learn how to read.  Knowing the ABC’s is only one of the six skills.  Research shows these early literacy skills are best developed through talking, singing, reading, writing and playing.  Beginning at birth, what you do every day helps prepare your child to become a successful reader. Explore the linked pages and posts to discover fun, easy ways to grow your future reader.

At the library we have books, music, storytimes and librarians excited to help you on this adventure!


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  • Talk: talking is how children learn spoken language.  They start learning at birth.

  • Sing: singing – and rhyming – help children hear the smaller sounds in words.

  • Read: reading is the single most important thing you can do to prepare a new reader.

  • Write: writing – and drawing – let children represent ideas and words.  It begins with scribbling.

  • Play: playing is how children discover, explore and understand the world and their place in it.

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