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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. Last Updated: Apr 11, 2024 7:33 AM

Programs and Activities

Fairfax County Public Library offers many children's programs. All events are free. Go to the library’s event calendar and click on “View Events By…” to browse through programs by type, age or date or click on “Discover FCPL Events” to search for specific programs. Some programs have registration. Look for (R) in the description.

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Featured Events

Books and Puppets with Kevin Sherry

Kevin Sherry

Kevin Sherry, children's author and illustrator of I'm the Biggest Thing in the OceanYeti Files and other popular titles will entertain with songs, puppets and stories. 


Kevin Sherry has written and illustrated graphic novels and chapter books for Scholastic, and picture books for Penguin Random House. He is a man of many interests: a chef, a cyclist, a screen printer and a performer of hilarious puppet shows for kids and adults. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife, Erin, and their cat, Kinkos.


This program is for children ages 4-10. Registration is required.

Saturday, May 4 at 10:00 a.m. Register. (Registration opens on Saturday, April 13.)


StoryWalk® was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and has developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, Kellogg-Hubbard Library. It is an outdoor reading experience whereby a children’s book is deconstructed,and the pages of the book are laminated and placed on wooden stakes or in permanent kiosks along a walking trail. Get children excited about reading by visiting a Fairfax County Public Library StoryWalk®.


Chantilly Regional Library Indoor StoryWalk®

Five Little Ducks Storywalk

Walk through the library and read "Five Little Ducks" by James Dean. As children walk along the StoryWalk® windows they can use a checklist to answer to questions along the way. Checklists can be picked up at the information desk.




Related Events

Day by Day VA

For daily activities related to reading, check out the Library of Virginia’s Family Literacy Calendar at


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