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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.

An Overview of Early Literacy

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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 models, 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.

In this guide you will find:

  • Online resources related to early literacy.
  • Recommended reading for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
  • Recommended early literacy activities.
  • Online resources for educators, parents and young children.

This guide is intended for:

  • Parents and caregiviers of babies, toddlers and preschoolers who want to discover age appropriate books, activities and events for young children.
  • Early childhood educators who are looking for books, activities and resources for their classrooms.
  • Anyone who enjoys picture books.
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