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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.


Vocabulary refers to a child's knowledge of words and what they mean. To develop this skill, look for books that have words not normally used in daily conversation. Looking at non-fiction books together is also a great way to build a child's vocabulary.


Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
KIT J428.1 EARLY Kits for Kids: Early Literacy: Vocabulary
Books to help children acquire skills they need to learn to read. This kit addresses a child's knowledge of the names of things.
J BOARDBK VANFL Van Fleet, Matthew Heads
A cast of irresistible animals use their heads to demonstrate opposites, actions, and more.
J551.518 COBB Cobb, Vicki I Face the Wind
Introduces the characteristics and actions of the wind through simple hands-on activities.
J591.77 GIANT Giant Pop-Out Ocean: A Pop-Out Surprise Book
Simple clues nestled within words and pictures allow children to guess what hides behind each flap.
J811 ONEIL O'Neill, Mary Hailstones and Halibut Bones: Adventures in Poetry and Color
Twelve poems reflect the author's feelings about various colors.
JE BRENN Brenner, Barbara Good Morning, Garden
Upon entering a garden one morning, a child greets the flowers, plants,nsects, and animals there.
JE FLEMI Fleming, Denise In the Small, Small Pond
Denise Fleming's Caldecott Honor book gives young readers a frog's-eye view of life in a pond throughout the seasons.
JE FLEMI Fleming, Denise Time to Sleep
When Bear notices that winter is nearly here he hurries to tell Snail, after which each animal tells another until finally the already sleeping Bear is awakened in his den with the news.
JE STICK Stickland, Paul Dinosaur Roar!
Illustrations and rhyming text present all kinds of dinosaurs, including ones that are sweet, grumpy, spiky, or lumpy.
JE WOOD Wood, Audrey Quick As a Cricket
A young boy describes himself as "loud as a lion," "quiet as a clam, " "tough as a rhino, " and "gentle as a lamb."
JE YOLEN Yolen, Jane Owl Moon
On a winter's night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl.


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    This list was created by and is maintained by Children's Services Librarians.
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