Children learn a lot about language through play. Play helps children express themselves, put thoughts into words and understand that spoken and written words can stand for real objects and experiences.
Help your child be ready to read with these simple activities every day.
Looking for more ways to encourage play?
Encourage play with these books and activities.
Encourage play with these rhymes and songs.
The Library offers storytimes at all three locations which incorporate these early literacy practices.
Find audio recordings of rhymes and video of storytimes that you and your child can enjoy at home. You might also try creating your own puppets or flannels to go with the stories.
Find lists of great book recommendations prepared by our children's librarians.
Find out more about early literacy in this video on the Six Early Literacy Skills by one of our own librarians.
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