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

Ready to Read Newsletter

What's New in Children's Picture Books: Babies and Toddlers

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?

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.

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!

Recommended Reading for Babies and Toddlers

All We Know by Linda Ashman
A tender story of a mother's unconditional love for her child. Stars shine, seasons change and waves rise and fall. Invoking the majestic beauty of the natural world, a mother affectionately explains that some things just come naturally – like a parent's love.
Themes: Nature, Parent and Child Relationship
All We Know
Because of an Acorn by Lola Schaefer
This enchanting and informative picture book explores the vital connections between the layers of an ecosystem, relating how every tree, flower, plant and animal connect to one another in spiraling circles of life.
Themes: Forest, Acorns

Big Horse Small Mouse: A Book of Barnyard Opposites by Liesbet Slegers
Little mouse is small. Horse is big. His neck makes a great slide for little Mouse.
Themes: Synonyms, Antonyms, Opposites

Bird, Bear, Balloon by Il Sung Na
A shy bird, new to the forest, wants to become friends with a bear, but the bear already has a friend – a bright, shiny red balloon.
Themes: Friendship, Kindness, Courage

Daddy Cuddle by Kate Mayes
Young bunny rises early and is eager to start the day, but Daddy is still asleep.

Themes: Morning, Fathers

Fish Jam by Kylie Howarth
Jazz is a scat-singing fish who is way too noisy. He needs to find a place to play without being shoo, shoo, shooed away.
Themes: Bands, Music

Goodnight Everyone by Chris Haughton
The animals in the forest are ready to snuggle up with their families for the night, but Little Bear thinks he can stay awake a while longer.
Themes: Bedtime, Forest Animals

Goodnight Numbers by Danica McKellar
Illustrations and simple text help the reader understand the numbers one to ten and recognize them as they appear all around us, especially at bedtime.
Themes: Numbers, Counting, Bedtime

I Can Do It! by Tracey Corderoy
After learning how to button buttons, Baby Bear wants to do everything by himself. During a trip to the library he learns that when things are too tricky he needs to ask for help.

Theme: Self Reliance

I Love My Baby Because by Paullina Simons
A loving mother celebrates everything her exuberant toddler can do throughout the course of a typical day, from getting dressed and feeding herself to snuggling up for bedtime stories.
Theme: Mothers and Babies

Leo Can Swim by Anna McQuinn
Baby Leo loves the water, so his father takes him to swim class with the other toddlers.
Theme: Swimming

Leo Loves Baby Time by Anna McQuinn
Leo loves to go to baby time where he sings, plays and makes new friends.
Themes: Babies, Playtime

Libby and Pearl: The Best of Friends by Lindsey Bonnice
Follow the charming real-life adventures of Libby, and their family pig, Pearl.
Theme: Human and Animal Relationships

Little Owl's Day by Divya Srinivasan
Little Owl explores the forest at daytime after being woken up by a noisy squirrel.
Themes: Bedtime, Forest Animals

Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn
Lola plants a flower garden with her parent's help and watches it grow.
Theme: Gardening

Mama's Kisses

Mama's Kisses by Kate McMullan
Mother jungle animals follow their rambunctious little ones through the jungle as they try to corral them for bedtime.
Theme: Bedtime

Me and the Animals by Liesbet Slegers
A book for toddlers about the many animals that live around them. Includes animals that live on the farm, in the garden and inside the house.
Theme: Animals

Me and My House by Liesbet Slegers
A child describes some of the many things he sees in his house, from plants and lamps to toys and books.
Themes: Dwellings, Household Objects

Me and the Seasons by Liesbet Slegers
A child describes what he enjoys about all four seasons, from listening to birds sing in spring and collecting shells on the beach in summer to seeing colorful leaves in fall and building a snowman in winter.
Theme: Seasons

Nope by Drew Sheneman
A tale of a baby bird's first flight. Baby bird isn’t so sure it's a good idea to leave the nest.

Themes: Birds, New Experiences


Owl Sees Owl by Laura Godwin
A baby owl leaves the nest one night, explores the world around him, sees his own reflection and then returns to the safety of home.
Themes: Exploring, Owls

Pretty Little Tails by Liesbet Slegers
Many animals have similar tails. The donkey's tail waves just as cheerfully as a zebra's. And the tail of a little fish looks like the tail of a big whale.
Theme: Animal Tails


Spunky Little Monkey by Brian Won
Little monkey will not get out of bed, so the doctor prescribes some exercise, and monkey learns
to dance.
Theme: Dance


We Love You, Rosie! by Cynthia Rylant
Rosie is a family dog who goes about her day exploring opposites. No matter what she does, her family always loves her.
Themes: Dogs, Opposites

You Are Two by Sara O'Leary
A baby's second year is full of memorable milestones. Walking, running, climbing, understanding more words, speaking their names and forming first memories are all exciting achievements.
Theme: Growing Up




August 2019

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