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Early Literacy


What is Early Literacy?

Early literacy is what children know about communication, language—verbal and non-verbal—reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Research shows that children get ready to read years before they start school. Help children learn important skills now so they can become good readers later.

Parents and caregivers play an important role in getting young children ready to read. Why?

  • You are children’s first role model, and they look up to you.
  • You know these children best.
  • You can help children learn reading skills in ways that are easiest for them.
  • Children learn best by doing things, and they love doing things with you.

Take every opportunity to read, play, sing, talk and write with your children. These simple practices will help get children ready to learn.

Learn more in our Early Literacy Resources Guide.

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What you will find in the Early Literacy Resource Guide

  • Why Read to Young Children?
  • Get Children Excited About Books and Reading
  • Library Programs for Young Children
  • Early Literacy Publications
  • I Like Picture Books About . . .
  • Books, Songs, Rhymes and Websites on Various Subjects
  • Early Literacy in Motion: Read, Talk, Sing, Write and Play With Children
  • Early Childhood Professionals
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