Early Literacy

A growing collection of literacy tips to encourage families to read, write, talk, sing, and play!

Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR2) is a library initiative to prepare young children with the early literacy skills they need to become life-long readers and thrive in school. Read, Write, Talk, Sing, and Play are the five practices that parents can engage in at home to build the six pre-literacy skills: narrative skills, print awareness, letter knowledge, vocabulary, phonological awareness, and print motivation. These skills and practices are ingrained in our storytimes, and the more we talk about them with parents and directly model them in our storytimes, the greater their impact will be.

Resources Around the Web

Earlylit.net The mothership of ECRR2 with tons of research and inspiration. Grab a quick literacy tip or storytime idea from the Storytime Share section

Zero to Three: A wealth of research in early childhood development with a focus on language and literacy. Videos, articles, handouts, and more.

CLEL: Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy: Early literacy tips, blogs, and the home of the CLEL Bells Picture Book Award

Earlier is Easier: Tips and activities to encourage parents to Read, Write, Talk, Sing, Play & LAUGH

Reading Rockets: Research and resources for the full spectrum of reading

Center for Early Literacy Learning: Print ready handouts for parents with excellent early literacy tips and activities. Special focus on children with disabilities.

National Association for the Education of Young Children: Tips and article topics cover Child Development, Reading & Writing, and Music, Math & More

Play Grow Read: The Kent Library District has an excellent early literacy page with tips, activities, and book recommendations

Colorin Colorado: Spanish language site with tips in Spanish

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