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Early Literacy

Welcome to Early Literacy!  The interactions that young children have with such literacy materials as books, paper, and crayons, and with the adults in their lives are the building blocks for language, reading and writing development.  Help your child grow up to be a successful reader and learner from birth.  Children learn about reading and writing long before they can actually read or write.  There are five simple practices that parents and caregivers can use to help children get ready to read:

  1. Talk
  2. Sing
  3. Read
  4. Write
  5. Play


It’s never too early to help your child prepare for success in Kindergarten!

Kinderspark 2021 videos featuring fun ideas to enhance your child’s early literacy can be viewed on PPLDTV YouTube, on the Kinderspark webpage, and right here on the Early Literacy LibGuide. These videos highlight activities parents and caregivers can do with their babies, toddlers, and preschoolers as they read, sing, talk, play, and write with them. Five videos are available in Spanish. For additional activity ideas, download the Kinderspark activity booklet

Check out Kindergarten Information Hub for kindergarten registration information. Alliance for Kids has created a hub to for kindergarten registration information from school districts in El Paso County.

Online Resources

Early Literacy Blogs

Tips for Shared Reading

  • Show your child that reading is important and fun.  Be a reading role model and let your child see you reading!
  • Read together everyday and talk about the books you read.
  • Ask open-ended questions while reading.  Talk about what is going on in the story and pictures.
  • Be excited about the story, even if you've read it a million time! 
  • Be expressive! 
  • Make books available everywhere! Have books located in a spot where your child could reach without assistance.