Birth to 5: Focus on the first years. Ready to read

Learn more about these simple early literacy practices to help your young child get ready to read:


Talking  |  Singing  |  Reading  |  Writing  |  Playing




Talking with children is one of the best ways to help them learn new words and information. (3:19)




Songs are a natural way for children to learn about language. (2:06)




Reading together is the single most important way to help children get ready to read. (3:18)




Writing and Reading go together. Scribbling and writing help children learn that written words stand for spoken language. (2:48)




Playing helps children put thoughts into words and think symbolically so they understand that spoken and written words can stand for real objects and experiences. (2:22)



BCPL Can Help You With These Skills

BCPL has books, music, materials, programs and play spaces specifically designed for you to use with your young child to promote early literacy and to succeed in school and life. Come in to any of our 19 branches to see what we have to offer.


Take home books you can read and talk about together  Visit our Storyville Interactive Learning Centers  Take in a Storytime at One of our branches.






Revised: December 18, 2014