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
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
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.
Tips for parents and teachers to help encourage a love of reading.
Zero to Three Comments and suggestions can be sent to Mary R. Voors, Manager, Children's Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Provides information for parents and caregivers of young children on the health and development of infants and toddlers.