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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.

Recommended Reading: Themes with Songs and Activities

Use these thematic resources to find books, rhymes, songs and website on a variety of subjects. See a book you would like to borrow from the list of books? Click on the title to go to the library's catalog. From there, you may place books on hold.

If you would like to suggest a theme, send an email to LibEarlyLiteracy@fairfaxcounty.gov.


Reading Tip: As you read stories, ask open-ended questions like, “What is happening in this picture?” This will get children talking and thinking about what is happening in stories.

Talking Tip: Talk with children about what is going on around you. Talk about how things work, feelings and ideas. This will help them develop strong vocabularies.

Singing Tip: Sing songs and chant nursery rhymes. This will help children hear syllables (words broken into parts) and words that have similar sounds (rhymes).

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