The North Plains Public Library helps support Early Literacy by providing age-appropriate storytimes for children from birth to age six. Children’s storytime is held every Wednesday morning from 11:30 am to 12:00 noon at the library.
Special Guest Readers
- May 1 Storytime with Miss Marion – Mother May I? – will honor of Mothers’ Day.
- May 8 Storytime with Children’s Librarian Kay featuring popular Folk Tales.
- May 15 Special Guest Storytime will feature Heidi’s Chickens. Learn how they live and what they eat and hear stories about famous chickens.
- May 22 Storytime with Children’s Librarian Kay featuring Monkeys.
- May 29 Storytime with Youth Librarian Jackie featuring Dinosaurs.
What is Early Literacy?
And what does it have to do with a child learning to read?
The foundation for learning to read is more than the ABCs! While knowing letters is a part of the reading puzzle, getting ready to read is so much more.
Research shows that when we read and talk with babies and young children, we help to create brain connections associated with language development. Talking, singing, and reading with young children are the best things you can do to prepare them to become readers.
Early Literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read or write.
Early Literacy is made up of these six skills which develop in young children starting at birth:
- Print Motivation: Enjoying books.
- Vocabulary: Knowing the names of things and concepts in the world.
- Narrative Skills: The ability to describe things and events and to tell stories.
- Phonological Awareness: Being able to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words, such as rhymes and syllables.
- Print Awareness: Noticing print and knowing how a book works.
- Letter Knowledge: Knowing letter names and sounds.
When you talk, sing, and read with your child in a fun, relaxed environment, you are helping your child develop these skills. Establishing positive associations with books, by making reading time fun for your child, will help him or her become motivated to learn to read.