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Early Literacy Begins with You

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Reading is an essential life skill. 







Learning to read begins at birth. 



Parents and caregivers are a child's first and best teachers.



Lifelong learning is a primary role of the public library; public libraries need to support parents and caregivers as they develop early literacy skills in children from birth to age five.



Every Child Ready to Read is a parent education initiative that provides skills and strategies parents and caregivers can use to help children get ready to read.


  Help your child be ready to read with simple activities every day. 

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Talking with children helps them learn oral language, one of the most critical early literacy skills.  When your baby babbles to you be sure to talk back. 

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Singing and rhyming increases children's awareness of the sounds in words.  Sing fun songs to your baby, they love to hear your voice. 

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Reading together is the most effective way to help children become proficient readers.  Make shared reading a daily event, even if it is the same book every night. 

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Writing helps children learn that letters and words have individual sounds and meaning.  Encourage scribbling.  It is a great way for young kids to express themselves. 

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Playing is essential for young children to learn about the world so the stories they hear have meaning.  Play is best for kids when parents join in too. 


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