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Raising a Reader

You are your child’s first teacher. You know your child best. Children learn best by doing and they love doing things with you. Beginning at birth, you can help your children develop early literacy skills that will make it easier to learn to read once they begin school.

5 literacy activities illustrated

Let your library help you as you begin this wondrous adventure with your child. Storytimes and other library programs for young children and families are a fun way to help develop early literacy skills and help get every child ready to read.  Visit our Play and Learn Station for interactive, literacy-based activities to stimulate early learning.  And of course, our staff can help you find just the right books to share with your child.

Simple activities to enjoy together

Help your child get ready to read with five simple activities every day.

Talking: Children learn about language by listening to parents talk and joining the conversation.

Talking: Children learn about language by listening to parents talk and joining the conversation.

Singing: Songs are a natural way to learn about language.

Singing: Songs are a natural way to learn about language.

Reading together with your children is the single most important way to help them get ready to read.

Reading together with your children is the single most important way to help them get ready to read.

Writing: Children develop a knowledge of the purpose and meaning of reading through writing.

Writing: Children develop a knowledge of the purpose and meaning of reading through writing.

Playing: Children learn about language through different kinds of play.

Playing: Children learn about language through different kinds of play.

For more information

Check out these resources for information and ideas on how to raise a reader: