Early Literacy & Learning

Early (or Emergent) Literacy is what a child knows about reading and writing before they actually start reading and writing. Research shows that children get ready to read in a variety of ways before they start school (even right from birth!). Our Early Literacy section is dedicated to giving parents and caregivers the information and ideas they need to help children get ready for school, as well as encourage literacy habits that build a confident and lifelong reader.

For more information, select a sectional link below.

  • Build Your Own Storytime – Grab and go songs and rhymes from our baby and toddler storytimes. Parents can watch and use individual elements to create your own storytime at your own pace.
  • Early Literacy Monthly Calendar  –   Build early literacy skills on a daily basis using these monthly calendars. Printed copies available in Youth Services at the Main Library, or download from these links:
  • 5 Early Literacy Practices: Find out ways to use Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, and Playing to increase your child’s school readiness.
  • 6 Early Literacy Skills: Use these recommended skills from the Library of Michigan’s Ready to Read program to better your child’s school readiness.
  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten: This year-round, early literacy program at TADL promotes reading to preschool aged children. Learn more about the program, print out book logs, see recommended books, and more.
  • Book suggestions. Can’t find a good book for your young one? Use our book lists to help you choose.
  • Storytime Kits: Bring a themed storytime home for your family. Storytime Kits contain 5-6 books, a selection of songs and rhymes, a play item, and other early literacy activity suggestions. For more information, ask at the Youth Services desk. Click here to look inside a storytime kit!
  • TADL Kids Text Tips. Parents of children from birth – 5 can receive free, weekly tips and activities that encourage interactive fun while also getting your child ready for Kindergarten. Text READ to 797979. To see past tips, click HERE.