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What is Early Literacy?

Early Literacy is what children need to know about reading and writing before they learn to read and write. Early literacy skills have a direct effect on a child’s success in school and beyond.

The six early literacy or pre‑reading skills that children must learn in order to learn to read are

Hear Sounds

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Phonological Awareness

Celebrating sounds through singing, dancing and rhyming.

ABC’s and More

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Letter Knowledge

Teaching your child the names, sounds and shape of letters.

See Words Everywhere

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Print Awareness

Pointing out and saying words everywhere you see them.

Love Books

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Print Motivation

Enjoying books and reading.

Know Words

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Knowing the name of things, concepts, feelings and ideas.

Tell Stories

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Narrative Skills

Describing things and events as well as telling and retelling stories.

Early Literacy Resources by Age Group

Get Your Child Ready to Read!

The library provides the ideal environment and resources for early literacy development.