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Early Literacy Booklists

Research has shown that there are Six Early Literacy Skills which help prepare children to learn to read. The materials on these lists have been selected by Children's Services Librarians for being exceptional in helping to develop these skills. You may check out the Early Literacy Kit that has a selection of children's books, a parent guide and DVD / CD, or you may check out the books individually.

Print Awareness

Noticing print, knowing how to handle a book, and understanding how to follow the written words on a page are all aspects of print awareness. Look for books that have writing as part of the story or that use words as part of the pictures to help develop this skill.

Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
KIT J372.452 EARLY Kits for Kids: Early Literacy: Print Awareness
Books to help children acquire skills they need to learn to read. This kit encourages children to notice print, know how to handle a book, and understand how to follow the written words on a page.
JE ADA Ada, Alma Flor With Love, Little Red Hen
A series of letters describe the actions of Goldilocks, Peter Rabbit, the Three Pigs, Little Red Hen, and other storybook characters when Little Red Hen and her chicks become the target of the unsavory Wolf and his cousin, Fer O'Cious.
JE BLOOM Bloom, Suzanne A Splendid Friend, Indeed
When a studious polar bear meets an inquisitive goose, they learn to be friends.
JE COUSI Cousins, Lucy Hooray for Fish!
Little Fish has all sorts of fishy friends in his underwater home, but loves one of them most of all.
JE LAKIN Lakin, Patricia Beach Day!
Four crocodile friends have many adventures on the way to the beach.
JE LEWIS Lewis, Kevin Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo
A rhyming story about a toy freight train's day, from loading freight in the morning to retiring to the roundhouse after the day's work is done.
JE LITTL Pinkney, Jerry The Little Red Hen
A newly illustrated edition of the classic fable of the hen who is forced to do all the work of baking bread and of the animals who learn a bitter lesson from it.
JE SLOBO Slobodkina, Esphyr Caps for Sale
A band of mischievous monkeys steals every one of a peddler's caps while he takes a nap under a tree.
JE SMEE Smee, Nicola Clip-Clop
When Mr. Horse gives a ride to his friends, Cat, Dog, Pig, and Duck, they urge him to go faster and faster.
JE WELLS Wells, Rosemary Bunny Cakes
Max the bunny has his own ideas about decorating the cake he and Ruby are baking for their grandma's birthday.
JER ZIEFE Ziefert, Harriet Little Red Riding Hood
Little Red Riding Hood is going to her sick grandmother's house when she meets up with a hungry, wolf intent on eating both Little Red and her grandmother!

If you need help finding these or other Library materials, please check with anyone in Children's Services. We look forward to seeing you at the Library!

This list was created by and is maintained by Children's Services Librarians.
Comments and suggestions can be sent to Mary R. Voors, Manager, Children's Services at

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