Thomas Ford Memorial Library

What is early literacy?

Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can read and write. Babies chew on board books. Toddlers learn which way to turn the pages and hold the book. Preschoolers discover that adults are not reading the pictures, but the words on the pages. All of these are examples of early literacy.

What do parents and caregivers need to know?

Learning to read begins before children start school, and parents/caregivers are a child’s first teacher. Help your children develop early literacy skills now; this makes it easier for children to learn to read once they begin school. Five of the best ways to help your child get ready to read are:

Click on any of the five practices above to download a PDF of ideas. Storytimes at Thomas Ford Memorial Library incorporate these five practices. We also have a dollhouse on the stage in Youth Services and a Writing Station. More Early Literacy Stations will be added soon so that you and your children can talk, sing, read, write, and play at the library!

Play is one of the best ways for children to learn language and literacy skills. Find the dollhouse on the stage in Youth Services, and let your children use their imaginations!

Play is one of the best ways for children to learn language and literacy skills.