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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 all of the books, a parent guide and DVD / CD, or you may check out the books individually.

Print Motivation

Print motivation refers to a child's interest in and enjoyment of books and reading. To develop this skill, look for books that you and your child enjoy. Follow your child's interests and let her/him choose the books you read.

Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
KIT J372.452 EARLY Kits for Kids: Early Literacy: Print Motivation
Books to help children acquire skills they need to learn to read. This kit fosters a child's interest in and enjoyment of books.
J398.2 MOSEL Mosel, Arlene Tikki Tikki Tembo
After a family's eldest son falls into a well and most of the time getting help is spent pronouncing the name of the one in trouble, the Chinese, according to legend, decide to give all their children short names.
J398.2 STEVE Stevens, Janet Tops & Bottoms
Hare turns his bad luck around by striking a clever deal with the rich and lazy bear down the road.
J636.088 KOMIY Komiya, Teruyuki Life-Size Zoo
See life-size photographs of various animals, with fold-out pages and charts of interesting facts.
J636.088 KOMIY Komiya, Teruyuki More Life-Size Zoo
The actual-size animal photography phenomenon continues with stunning portraits of 20 all-new zoo favorites in "More Life-Size Zoo." Readers can get eye-to-eye with a hippopotamus or nose-to-nose with a bison in this fascinating book. Full color.
J684 JOHNS Johnson, Stephen T. My Little Red Toolbox
Caldecott Honor artist Stephen T. Johnson has created a book that is both beautiful and magical. It teaches concepts, colors, counting, and shapes--and provides hours of just plain fun."
JE AYLES Aylesworth, Jim Old Black Fly
Rhyming text and illustrations follow a mischievous old black fly through the alphabet as he has a very busy bad day landing where he should not be.
JE FLEMI Fleming, Denise Mama Cat Has Three Kittens
While two kittens copy everything their mother does, their brother naps.
JE TABAC Taback, Simms Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
A very old overcoat is recycled numerous times into a variety of garments.
JE WALSH Walsh, Ellen Stoll Mouse Paint
One day three white mice discover three jars of paint--red, blue, and yellow. Children will enjoy this lighthearted presentation of a lesson in color. Full-color illustrations.
JE WILSO Wilson, Karma Bear Snores On
On a cold winter night many animals gather to party in the cave of a sleeping bear, who then awakes and protests that he has missed the food and the fun.
JE WOOD Wood, Audrey The Napping House
In this cumulative tale, a wakeful flea atop a number of sleeping creatures causes a commotion, with just one bite.

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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