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.

TADL CARES Kits are just one of our early learning resources – see the list below!

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • CARES Kits (Children Acquiring Rich Experiences and Skills) Kits that help families reach age level targets for a variety of areas, including: Social and Emotional Learning, Physical Skills, Language and Early Reading, and Math and Reasoning. Kits are divided by age group so you can find the right one for your child. Check out up to 2 at a time.
  • 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:
  • 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!
  • TALK Text Tips (Text and Learn for Kindergarten) Receive 8-10 messages per month with fun activities you can do at home to help prepare little ones, ages 5 and under, for school success. Sign up by texting TALK to 75547. For more information, please visit the TADL’s TALK page or the Text to Learn homepage.
  • 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.