Early Literacy

Early literacy is what children know about communication, language, reading and writing before they can actually read or write. It includes all of a child's experiences with conversation, oral and written stories, books and print, beginning at birth.

Parents and caregivers are a child's first and best teachers! There are 5 simple practices that help children get ready to read. Incorporating these practices into your daily routine makes a huge difference. It's never too early ~ or too late! They are:


We Are Here to Help

Every Allen County Public Library location offers storytimes, special programs, books and other materials for children from birth through age 6 that incorporate these five early literacy practices. Stop by or call any library location for information or view our programs online:

More Local Learning and Literacy Resources

Resources from the Literacy Alliance

The following information is provided by The Literacy Alliance of Fort Wayne. Clicking on the links below will open documents that contain helpful literacy information. Documents are in PDF format, and require Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free program that may already be loaded on your computer or can be downloaded here: Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Actions Parents and Caregivers Can Take Reading and Writing Activities
Helping Your Child with Homework and School Success Finding 20 Minutes a Day / Recommended Reading List from Everybody Reads
Things Children Learn in School / Typical Accomplishments for Children, Birth to Age 6 Why Read to Children? / How to Make Reading Fun

Online Resources

Born Learning
Designed to help adults turn everyday activities into fun learning opportunities for young children.

Literacy Connections: Promoting Literacy and a Love of Reading
Includes practical and current information for parents, teachers, and caregivers, to promote a love of reading and literacy at every stage of life.

Reading is Fundamental (RIF)
Promotes literacy and reading to all ages, this site is organized by age groups with appropriate information for each.

Reading Rockets
Tips for parents and teachers to help encourage a love of reading.

Zero to Three
Provides information for parents and caregivers of young children on the health and development of infants and toddlers.

Comments and suggestions can be sent to Mary R. Voors, Manager, Children's Services at mvoors@acpl.lib.in.us.
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