Early Literacy

Books can be an important way to help children cope with big feelings, new situations and developmental milestones, especially when read together with a loving caregiver. The following list of topics contain stories recommended by our Early Literacy Specialist and Parenting Educators:

For information on creating a literacy rich environment to support your child’s development, the following local and national resources are recommended:

Babies Need Words Every Day - Designed to bridge the 30 Million Word Gap by providing parents with proven ways to build their children's literacy skills. 
Essentials of Early Literacy Instruction (NAEYC) - Research on literacy development in young children.
Hennepin County Library - Librarian reviews and recommendations of new children’s books.
Jbrary.com - Story time blog with book recommendations, finger plays and online resources.
Manatee County Libraries - Books, local story times and literacy resources.
Mind in the Making - Promoting Executive Function Life Skills and the science of children’s learning. 
Sarasota County Libraries - Books, local story times and literacy resources.
Sarasota County Libraries Picture Book Index - List of children’s books searchable by topic.
Story Time Katie - Songs, rhymes, finger plays and book recommendations from a children’s librarian.
Talking Is Teaching - Tips and tools for talking, reading and singing to your child to help them develop the brain connections they need.
Too Small To Fail - Helps parents, communities, and businesses take specific actions to improve the health and well-being of children from birth to age five.


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