Early Literacy


What is Early Literacy?

Early Literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Research shows that children get ready to read in a variety of ways years before they start school (right from birth even!). Our Early Literacy section gives parents and caregivers the information and ideas they need to help children prepare for school, as well as encourage literacy habits that build a confident and lifelong reader. For more information, select an Early Literacy link below.


100 Books Every Child Should Hear Before Starting School

Our list of 100 favorite picture books for pre-readers (printable).


1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Introduction to popular pre-reader program that builds a love of reading at home. Print book lists here.


Kids Events at the Library

Find library events and programs for kids.


Local Preschools and Resources

Find preschools, daycares and learn about local resources for those in need.


Early Literacy Apps and Websites for Caregivers

Get the latest on which apps and websites are right for your child. Learn more about early literacy development for your family.


e-Resources Available from the Library

Can’t get to the library? You can use our e-resources to build a love of reading right from home. Or use some of our in-house e-resources to extend your child’s learning.


Early Literacy Newsletter

A quarterly newsletter to help parents of children from birth to age five put early literacy principles into practice.


5 Practices (ECRR, 2nd Edition)

Help your child get ready to read with these five early learning practices.


6 Skills (ECRR, 1st Edition)

Learn how these six early learning skills can be incorporated into your child’s daily life.



Help enhance your child’s reading skills with these printable activities and worksheets.

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