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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.

Reading Tip

Read stories that rhyme. Children will hear the words that sound alike and this will help develop their phonological awareness — the ability to hear smaller sounds in words. This skill is critical when learning to read.

All About Me: Books

I Am Just Right by David McPhail
A boy who is too big for his crib, his tricycle and being picked up by his grandfather is just the right size for his bed, bicycle and Grandpa's hugs.

I Am Just Right

Carrot and Pea by Morag Hood
Although he is different in size, color and shape, the peas like and accept their friend, Colin the carrot.

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Chrysanthemum, a mouse, loves her name, until she starts going to school and the other children make fun of it.

The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
Seven-year-old Lena and her mother observe the variations in the color of their friends' skin, viewed in terms of foods and things found in nature.

Dear Girl by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Encourages readers to accept and love themselves as they are and advises them to be confident, curious, adaptable and willing to speak up.

I Am Enough by Grace Byers
Shares a story of loving who you are, respecting others and being kind to one another.

Ish by Peter Reynolds
Ramon loses confidence in his ability to draw, but his sister gives him a new perspective on things.

Lizzy McTizzy and the Busy Dizzy Day by Sarah Weeks
Lizzy McTizzy can't find her shoe and is determined to find it in time for the party. After all, she needs two matching shoes. Join Lizzy as she learns that being yourself is the best accessory of all.

Mixed: A Colorful Story by Arree Chung
Each believing that their hue is the best, the three primary colors live in separate parts of the city until Yellow and Blue meet, fall in love, and decide to mix.

A Normal Pig by K-Fai Steele
Pip is a normal pig who does normal stuff: cooking, painting and dreaming of what she'll be when she grows up. But one day a new pig comes to school and starts pointing out all the ways in which Pip is different.

Sweety by Andrea Zuill
Sweety is awkward, even for a naked mole rat, but with encouragement from her Aunt Ruth, she begins to see that being herself is the best way to find a friend.

Yoko by Rosemary Wells
When Yoko brings sushi to school for lunch, her classmates make fun of what she eats―until one of them tries it for himself.

All About Me: Rhymes and Songs


I have two eyes to see with,
I have two feet to run.
I have two hands to wave with,
And nose I have but one.

I have two ears to hear with,
And a tongue to say 'good day!'
And two red cheeks for you to kiss,
And now I'll run away.

I Have

I have ten tiny fingers,
I have ten tiny toes.
I have two ears,
I have two eyes,
I have a little nose.
I have a mouth to open,
And tiny teeth to bite.
I have a tongue within my mouth,
I keep it out of sight.

I Am Special
(Tune: "Are You Sleeping?")

I am special, I am special,
Look at me, look at me.
A very special person,
A very special person.
That is me, that is me.

Everyone's Important
(Tune: "Did You Ever See a Lassie?)")

(Child's name) is important, important, important,
(Child's name) is important to me and you.
In work and in play (he/she) does (his/her) best each day.
(Child's name) is important to me and you.

Special Me
(Tune: "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star")

Special, special, special me,
How I wonder what I'll be.
In this big world I can be,
Anything I want to be.
Special, special, special me,
How I wonder what I'll be.

Ten Little Fingers

I have ten little fingers and they all belong to me.
I can make them do things, would you like to see?
I can shut them all up tight or open them up wide.
I can put them all together, or make them run and hide.
I can make them jump up high, or I can make them hang real low.
I can fold them in my lap and hold them just like so.

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