Read, Rhyme, and Romp
Early Literacy Skills and Activities for Librarians, Teachers, and Parents
by Heather McNeil
June 2012, 226pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-59884-956-1
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Enthusiasm for reading begins long before literacy. While skill drills and flash cards can help promote early literacy development in children, techniques like singing, rhyming, and storytelling bring stories to life and inspire an emotional connection to the world through books.

Designed to promote literacy in young children and to empower parents, educators, and librarians, this guide is filled with simple strategies, creative activities, and detailed instructions that help make reading fun.

Encouraging a love of reading in young children can be a source of both great frustration and immense joy. This handy resource provides essential tips, techniques, and strategies for making early literacy development fun and inspiring a lifelong love of reading.

Read, Rhyme, and Romp: Early Literacy Skills and Activities for Librarians, Teachers, and Parents explores the six basic pre-literacy skills that experts agree are necessary for a young child to be ready to learn to read. Special sections within each chapter are dedicated to the specific needs of preschool teachers, parents, and librarians, making the content relevant to different settings. Recommended book lists, personal anecdotes, and literacy-rich activities combine to create an effective and accessible plan for implementing an early literacy program.


  • Recommended book lists for promoting reading
  • An overview of basic strategies and components of an early literacy program
  • Helpful outline of pre-literacy skills required for reading success
  • Detailed instructions for early literacy activities
Heather McNeil is youth services manager for Deschutes Public Library, Bend, OR. Her published works include Libraries Unlimited's Hyena and the Moon: Stories to Tell from Kenya and The Celtic Breeze: Stories of the Otherworld from Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.


"This book stands out for its excellent book lists, plus the added benefit of reaching parents, teachers, and librarians all in one volume. A worthy resource."—School Library Journal, February 1, 2013
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