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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.

What You'll Find Here

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  • What's New in Children's Picture Books: Preschoolers
  • Fun With Reading: Book Activities for Preschoolers
  • STEAM Book Poster Series
  • Read, Write, Talk, Sing, Play Poster Series
  • Recommended Reading for Preschoolers
  • Other Early Literacy Resources to Help Children

What's New in Children's Picture Books: Preschoolers

This publication shares new library books published in the last several years. Go to ¿Habla Español? to see Spanish versions of What's New in Children's Picture Books?

STEAM Book Poster Series

Early literacy posters designed to show caregivers how to connect books to the concepts of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). Go to ¿Habla Español? to see Spanish versions of the poster series.

Check out our STEAM Kits!

Read, Write, Talk, Sing and Play: Poster Series

Early literacy posters designed to help caregivers read, talk, sing, write and play with young children. Go to ¿Habla Español? to see Spanish versions of the poster series.

Recommended Reading for Preschoolers

Bee-Bim Bop by Linda Sue Park

A child, eager for a favorite meal, helps with the shopping, food preparation and table setting. Includes recipe for bee-bim bop.


Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller

When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better, and what it means to be kind, and how each act, big or small, can make a difference or at least help a friend.

Be Kind


A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin
Reimagines the cycles of the moon as a mother bakes a Big Moon Cookie, and despite Mama’s request to wait, Little Star begins nibbling at it every night.


A Busy Creature’s Day Eating!: An Alphabetical Smorgasbord by Mo Willems

A busy creature eats his way through the alphabet.


Can You Whooo, Too? by Harriet Ziefert
In farmyards, jungle and oceans, almost every animal has something to say.


Dance Party Countdown by Eric Litwin
Groovy Joe is a guitar playing dog who loves to sing and dance, and when many other dogs come and join him his home gets a little crowded, but the party is fun, and Joe is definitely a guitar hero.


Don’t Wake Up the Tiger! by Britta Teckentrup
Tiger is fast asleep, but she’s lying completely in the way.  Frog, Fox, Tortoise, Mouse and Stork must get past without disturbing her. Fortunately, the reader can help Tiger stay asleep, while they sneak by with their bundle of balloons.


Frog on a Log? by Kes Gray
In rhyming text, Cat explains why Frog has to sit on a log, even if he finds it uncomfortable.


Hooray for Today! by Brian Won
Owl wakes up and is ready to play, but all his friends are sleeping.


How to Catch a Dragon by Adam Wallace
A real, wily dragon winds through streets in China, eluding the traps set by a group of children during the Chinese New Year celebration.


Hungry Bunny by Claudia Rueda
In this interactive picture book, the reader must help Bunny gather apples to eat, using a red scarf to climb a tree or create a rope bridge.


Monster Boogie by Laurie Berkner
A simple song about monsters and how they like to dance.


Mother (Goose) Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
Bruce is a grumpy bear who likes no one and nothing but cooked eggs, but when some eggs he was planning to boil hatch, and the goslings believe he is their mother, he must make the best of the situation.


Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
To an imaginative bunny, a box is not always just a box.


One Family by George Shannon

In this story that introduces numbered groups from one to ten, we realize that families can be many things.


Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run: An Alphabet Caper by Mike Twohy
When a bouncing ball wakes a sleeping mouse, it’s just the beginning of an alphabet adventure.


Places to Be by Mac Barnett
We have so many places to be.  Places to be loud and lovely and scared and jubilant. With elegant simplicity, this picture book celebrates our wide-ranging emotion and the adventures that await us each day.


Sick Simon by Dan Krall
By not covering his mouth or washing his hands, Simon spreads his cold to his teacher and classmates, much to the delight of three germs named Virus, Protozoa and Bacteria.


Shades of People by Shelley Rotner
Explores the many different shades of human skin, and points out that skin is just a covering that does not reveal what someone is like on the inside.


Shapes, Reshape! by Silvia Borando

Count down from 10 to one in this playful interactive exploration of the shapes that make up our favorite animals. The shapes, at first, are lined up neatly in rows. But at the turn of the page, they’re all mixed up, moved around and reshaped into all kinds of animals.


The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach
A caterpillar learns to be patient while trying to metamorphosize.

March 2020

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