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Early Literacy

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Early literacy is everything that children know about reading before they formally learn to read in school. Mouthing books as a baby, and later wanting books to be read over and over again will lead to the ability to point out letters, to rhyme, and to retell stories. These are some of the important skills children need for later reading.

Parents and caregivers play a critical role in ensuring their child is ready to learn to read when they arrive in kindergarten!

Learn & Grow Early Literacy Texts from the Library logoTry Learn & Grow, our early literacy texting program designed to help you get your child (0-5) ready to learn and read! Sign up and you’ll receive one text message each week from the Wallingford Public Library’s Children’s Department. Learn more...

The following booklists & online resources have great suggestions for sharing books with your child:

100 Books Every Child Should Know Before Starting School
(100 Libros en Español)

Colorin Colorado Reading Is Fundamental Reading Rockets StoryBlocks Zero to Three

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