Though libraries have been presenting early literacy activities for decades, library staff may lack an in-depth understanding of early literacy skills and their place in preparing children for a lifetime of learning. Based on the program “6 by 6: Ready to Read,” this book is chock full of practical, everyday ideas on how you can foster the six core early literacy skills children should ideally acquire by age six.
The volume begins by introducing the importance of early literacy and explaining how to start or expand an early literacy program in your library, regardless of its size. Subsequent chapters explore the six core skills and offer suggestions on how to showcase them in library programs and services. The book also includes activities that relate to each skill, suggests books that are especially useful in exploring each skill, and tells you how to create early literacy spaces. Three sets of storytime plans—one each for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers—are presented as well. Written primarily for public librarians and library staff, this guide will also be informative for parents and for educators who work with young girls and boys.
- Guides you in launching an early literacy program no matter the size of your library or budget
- Simplifies the implementation of early literacy initiatives in your library
- Helps you to educate parents and childcare providers on the importance of fostering literacy skills in young children
- Suggest methods you can employ to involve parents in developing early literacy skills