Websites to Explore

  • And Do It Like This – Children’s book author and literacy advocate Mem Fox provides an audio lesson on the art of reading aloud. Even seasoned pros will find this worth a listen!
  • ELSIE: Early Literacy Storytime Ideas Exchange. – Find more great books to share with your child with ELSIE, provided by Hennepin County Library. Search by keyword or by any of the six early literacy skills; print awareness, phonological sensitivity, narrative skills, letter knowledge, vocabulary, and print motivation.
  • Reach Out and Read Developmental Milestones for Early Literacy – Reach Out and Read, a nonprofit organization that partners with pediatricians to promote early literacy and school readiness, provides charts to help assess your child’s development on its website. Written by pediatricians, the charts are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese.
  • Book Lists from No Time for Flashcards – You can find a wealth of reading lists at this website. Many are organized by theme – concepts (ABCs, 123s, etc.), holidays, and other favorite topics (animals, friends, etc.). There are also lists of books from tried and true authors (many of whom are also featured in Books to Share) whose books are always favorites with kids and adults.
  • Leading to Reading – Provides stories, song, games, and more, targeted at both Babies and Toddlers (ages 0-2) and Preschoolers (ages 3-5).
  • Your Baby’s Development – Zero To Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families provides this set of age-based handouts to help you see what you can expect at different stages, and ways to help your baby progress. Zero To Three provides tons of other great resources you’ll discover as you explore the site.

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