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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 to better your child’s school readiness.
- Library of Michigan Early Literacy Resources for Parents and Caregivers: The Library of Michigan actively supports the development of early literacy skills for Michigan’s children through statewide programs, resources and events.
- Book suggestions. Can’t find a good book for your young one? Use our book lists to help you choose.