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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.

Children's Picture Books: Babies and Toddlers

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  • 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

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

This publication shares new library books published in the last several years. 

Read, Write, Talk, Sing and Play: 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). 

Check out our STEAM Kits!

Recommended Reading for Babies and Toddlers

Big and little : a story of opposites

Big and Little: A Story of Opposites by Cheryl Pilgrim 
Two dogs―one big, and one little―approach the same outdoor adventure in very different ways. 
Themes: Opposites, Dogs 

Busy Babies by Amy Schwartz 
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text celebrate babies as they play, make trouble, think and nap.  
Theme: Babies 

Colors by Shelley Rotner 
A red fire truck races, orange pumpkins glow and purple flowers bloom in vivid pictures of familiar things that inspire children to look more carefully at their environment. 
Theme: Colors 

The Don't Worry Book by Todd Parr 
In his new book about things that might make kids worry―from loud news, to loud neighbors or a big day at school―bestselling and beloved author Parr reassures kids who are feeling the weight of their world, offering solutions and comfort, as well as giggles. 
Theme: Worry 

I Like My Car by Michael Robertson 
Animals show how much they love their cars, of all different colors, while driving, caring for them and even hugging them. 
Themes: Cars, Colors 

The Kindness Book by Todd Parr 
Looks at different ways to show kindness, including choosing kind words, giving compliments and offering help without being asked. 
Theme: Kindness 

One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller by Kate Read 
An illustrated counting book in which one famished fox finds five snug eggs but must face three plump hens to get them. 
Theme: Counting 

Picture the Sky by Barbara Reid 
The sky can often tell different stories: in the clouds having a parade, in the stars blanketing the night and in our imagination. Every hour, every day, in every season, the sky is different. 
Themes: Sky, Nature, Imagination 

Welcome to Spanish with Sesame Street by J.P.Press 
Sesame Street characters help readers learn Spanish so they can connect with new friends who speak the language. 
Themes: Spanish Words, Sesame Street 

April 2021

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