What is early literacy?
Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write.
Does early literacy mean teaching my child to read?
No, you don't have to teach your child to read! You are helping your child build a strong foundation for reading and writing. 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.
How can I help my child develop early literacy skills?
You already have what it takes! Children begin developing early literacy skills from birth, and there are five simple practices that parents and caregivers can use to help them get ready to read and write:
Keep scrolling for examples of how you can do these things with your child!
Looking for more ways to introduce your young child to books and reading?
Find book suggestions for all ages and stages here.
Come to one of our many early literacy programs at a library near you! (Schedules here.)