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Every Child Ready to Read

Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® is a parent education initiative.

Teaching parents and other caregivers how to support the early literacy development of their children is the basis of Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library®.

“Learning to read begins at birth” and “Parents and caregivers are a child’s first and best teacher” and the library is here to help support both of them. Learning happens “anywhere and anytime”—and children thrive when they have opportunities to explore and discover their interests in a variety of spaces, including at home, in the community, and in public libraries. For public libraries, family engagement is a natural next step in supporting children’s learning and development.

Using these five simple practices, parents and caregivers can help children develop early literacy skills that will get them ready to read.

  1. Talking: Talk throughout the day to your child. Point out what you are seeing and doing together, ask lots of questions.
  2. Singing: Sing songs and nursery rhymes! Rhymes help your child learn new words and develop listening and memory skills. Singing develops language skills; it helps children learn new words and information.
  3. Reading: Read together every day, even if it is only for a few minutes. Many children love to hear the same stories over and over, so find favorites!
  4. Writing: Children become aware that printed letters stand for spoken words as they see print used in their daily lives. Encourage scribbling!
  5. Playing: Play is one of the best ways for children to learn language and social skills. Have fun together!

Play-and-learn centers at the Harrison Public Library our puppet theater, our big colorful blocks, our magna tiles and our AWE literacy computers are a few ways the library is encouraging parents to engage in five basic practices that lay the groundwork for literacy.

Play and learn programs like storytime, crafts, discovery play, train times, talented tots and 1,000 books before Kindergarten.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge is simple, read a book, any book to your child and yes, you can repeat.

The program is designed:

How to start:

Print out a log sheet or get a spiral notebook and start reading and keeping track of the books you read. You can print out a log sheet and rewards at https://1000booksbeforekindergarten.org/. Borrow 10 books from the Harrison Public Library and get a free tote bag.

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