What is early literacy?

Although it might sound like it, early literacy is not teaching your young child how to read. It’s about helping your children become aware of and comfortable with books and language. You are getting them ready to learn to read.

Why is early literacy important?

Current research on early literacy and brain development indicates that it is never too early to prepare children for success as readers. Parents and caregivers of newborns, toddlers and preschoolers must be aware of the critical role they play as the child’s first teacher. You can help children learn important pre-reading skills now that will make it easier for them to learn to read when he or she starts school. Research shows that children who are read to from an early age have a larger vocabulary, have better language skills when they start school, have a greater interest in books, and enjoy reading activities to a greater extent.

Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library®

Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) is a research-based, early literacy initiative developed by the American Library Association and the Public Library Association to promote the five practices that children must know before they can learn to read. Its goal is to provide public libraries with the tools needed to educate parents and caregivers on the importance of early literacy and to facilitate the sharing of books and activities that will help develop the skills necessary for reading success.


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Literacy Kits @ Your Library

Check out one of our kits designed to encourage your child’s developing literacy skills. Each kit contains books, a CD, an educational toy, and a card with fingerplays all centered around a theme like colors or shapes. See the full list of kits.

Our Parent’s Guide offers you tips about developing your child’s skills.

The Clermont County Public Library is committed to promoting the six pre-reading skills and incorporating them into storytimes. Attend a storytime to learn how you can work with children to develop the six skills.