Early Literacy Resources

The Fairfax County Public Library supports your effort in getting children ready to read. Child care providers and parents can use many library resources with children under the age of five.

Ready to Read Resources

Ready to Read—An Early Literacy Newsletter

Library books, songs, fingerplays and websites for a variety of themes.
Back to School
The Deep Blue Sea
Celebrate Summer
Ready, Set, Grow!
Creepy Crawlies
Healthy Habits
Time for Fall

Early Literacy Book Bags

Each book bag has between 10-20 books, and sets with more than one kit have many of the same titles. These kits are not available at any branch; you must put them on hold. To place on hold, click on a book bag’s title. This will take you to the library catalog.

Early Literacy Presentation Handouts

The library offers monthly professional development classes for child care providers. Send an email to LIBearlyliteracy@fairfaxcounty.gov to receive information about classes.

Healthy Reading, Healthy Kids
Healthy Plate Game
Healthy Toothbrush Activity

Sneaking in Science and Math
Count Bounce Picture Cards
Habitat Sorting Picture Activity
Star Hide and Seek Game
Tadpole Life Cycle Pictures

Bring Puppet Power to Your Classroom
Instructions for Making Puppets
Gingerbread Boy Puppet Template
Pete the Cat and Bunny Templates
Puppet Pattern
If You’re Happy and You Know It – Jungle Animal Clipart

Rhyme Time
If You're Happy and You Know It - Jungle Animal Clipart
Rhyming Word Pictures

Keep Toddlers E.N.G.A.G.E.D.
Keep Toddlers E.N.G.A.G.E.D. Poster
Thematic Planning Sheet
Rain Thematic Planning Sheet and Rainmaker Instructions

Lights, Camera, Action! Stories Children Can Act Out
Bus Template
My Bus Clipart
Three Triceratops Tuff Props
Apple Template
Tree Template

What's New in Children's Picture Books - 2014
I Spy Book Page Template
Puzzle Pieces Activity
"What's Missing?" and "Where is it Hiding?" Activities

Simple Science
Chemical Reactions Experiments
Color Mixing Experiment
Density Experiments
Elephant's Toothpaste Experiment
Evaporation Experiment
Making a Rain Cloud Experiment
Shopping for Science Resources

Keep Preschoolers E.N.G.A.G.E.D.
Keep Preschoolers E.N.G.A.G.E.D. Poster
Paper Plate Spiders
What Children Like in Books
Duck! Rabbit! Template
Duck! Rabbit! Saying

Beyond Stories: Sharing Non-Fiction with Preschoolers
Gabby Talkers
Ice Cream Graphic Organizer
KWL Graphic Organizer
Spider Book Template
Venn Diagram Graphic Organizer

Spice Up Your Read Alouds
Make a Monster
10 Black Dots
Pop-Up Page

Look, Listen and Learn: Numbers, Rhymes, Colors and Letters
ABC Letters
Play the Fish for Numbers Game Template
Play the Fish Blank Template
Ten Little Pups Prop
Venn Diagram
Letters and Numbers Dot-to-Dot

Extending the Fun in Your Storytime
BUGSY Bingo Song
Spider Hide and Seek (color)
Spider Hide and Seek (black and white)
Tires on the Car
Full Moon at the Napping House Activity
The Doghouse: Hide the Ball
Nutty Bingo Song

Sharing Stories with Babies and Toddlers
Developmentally Appropriate Practice
Why Teach Classic Nursery Rhymes?
Hey Diddle Diddle Felt Prop Template
Little Miss Muffet Felt Prop Template
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe Felt Prop Template

“Who Wrote That?” Author Studies for Preschoolers
Pigeon Book Template
Sock Snowman Instructions
Making a Pirate Hat Instructions

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That is not a good idea! Goldilocks and the three dinosaurs. If you give a cat a cupcake. The pigeon needs a bath! If you give a mouse a cookie.

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