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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

Engage children in a discussion about a story and its illustrations. This interactive approach to reading will help children develop narrative skills, one of the six early literacy skills that will get children ready for school.

Healthy Habits: Books


101 Reasons I’m Not Taking a Bath by Stacy McAnulty
A young boy who thinks baths are dumb, dangerous and a complete waste of time changes his mind after finally getting into the tub with his toy boat.

Another Way to Climb a Tree by Elizabeth Scanlon
When Lulu’s feeing well, she climbs every tree in sight. But when LuLu is sick, all she has is her imagination and a shadow.

Bob, Not Bob by Elizabeth Scanlon
When a young boy gets a cold, he just wants his mommy. But his stuffy nose makes it difficult for him to call out to his mom – not ‘Bob,’ who happens to be the family dog.

Bob, Not Bob!

Cancer Hates Kisses by Jessica Sliwerski
As Mom goes through treatment for cancer, her family supports her with what cancer hates most.

Gorgonzola by Margie Palatini
When Gorgonzola the dinosaur learns that everyone runs away from him to avoid his smell, rather than out of fear, he is grateful to the little bird who shows him how to brush his teeth and wash.

My Cold Went on Vacation by Molly Rausch
A little boy is curious about all the places his cold might go after it leaves him.

The Sniffles for Bear by Bonny Becker
Certain that no one has ever been as sick as he is, Bear resists Mouse’s efforts to cheer him and cure his cold.

Yoga Bunny by Brian Russo
Yoga Bunny helps readers relax and unwind as they learn beginning yoga poses, from downward dog to tree pose.


Some non-fiction books may not be developmentally appropriate for every preschooler. You know your children—if any of the text is beyond where you think they are, you can still use the book by discussing the pictures and illustrations.

Breathe With Me: Using Breath to Feel Strong, Calm and Happy by Mariam Gates
A breathing practice book that teaches children breath awareness and how to use breathing in unpleasant situations to keep calm, relax and focus.

Good Morning Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Wake-Up Story by Mariam Gates
A yoga practice for kids and parents to greet the morning with joy and embark on their daily adventures with intention and confidence.

See How We Move: A First Book of Health and Well-Being by Scot Ritchie
This engaging introduction to physical and health education will help children understand how keeping their bodies and minds healthy can enhance their lives. Includes fun ideas for how kids can get their bodies moving.

See What We Eat!: A First Book of Healthy Eating by Scot Ritchie
Five friends visit a farm and discover how food is grown and produced before it ends up in their kitchens and on their plates.

What’s So Yummy?: All About Eating Well and Feeling Good by Robie Harris
Three children visit their community garden before shopping at the farmer’s market and grocery store to gather healthy ingredients for a picnic.

Healthy Habits: Songs and Rhymes

Germ Stopping Song

(Tune: Row Row Row Your Boat)

Cover when we cough.
Cover when we sneeze.
Use a tissue.
Wash our hands.
Let’s keep our own germs, please!

Where’s My Fruit?

(Tune: Where is Thumbkin?)
Where’s my fruit?
Where’s my fruit?
Here it is! Here it is!
We make healthy choices.
We make healthy choices.
Every day! Every day!

Wet Your Hands

(Tune: Row Row Row Your Boat)

Wet, wet wet your hands.
Then you add some soap! Hooray!
Scrub scrub scrub your hands.
Then rinse the germs away!

All by Myself!

(Tune: Three Blind Mice)

All by myself, all by myself.
See what I can do, see what I can do.
I can brush my teeth and my hair so neat.
I can put my socks and shoes on my feet.
I can get my napkin and my snack to eat.
All by myself, all by myself.

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