Ready to Read

Pre-reading support for babies through preschool

Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write.

Parents and caregivers are their children’s first and best teachers; your Library supports early literacy instruction for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers through Every Child Ready to Read, a joint project of the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children.

Key pre-reading skills

Pre-readers are more likely to enjoy long-term success as readers if they:

  • Know lots of words
  • Notice the small sounds in words
  • Expect books to be fun or useful
  • Know how to use books
  • Retell stories, or make up new ones
  • Understand that each letter has its own shape, name, and sound

Key practices

Research shows that children acquire the key pre-reading skills by engaging in these five activities every day with loving adults:

  • Talking
  • Singing
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Play

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