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Early Literacy

"Early literacy (reading and writing) does not mean early reading instruction or teaching babies to read; it is the natural development of skills through the enjoyment of books, the importance of positive interactions between babies and parents, and the critical role of literacy-rich experiences.

Literacy development begins at birth and is closely linked to a baby’s earliest experiences with books and stories. Babies learn language through social literacy experiences - parents interacting with them using books. These experiences also serve to associate books with parental affection, attention, and approval."

"Early Literacy", American Library Association, February 25, 2009.
http://www.ala.org/united/products_services/booksforbabies/earlyliteracy (Accessed December 9, 2019)
Document ID: 83af9eec-e43c-cdd4-ad1d-c8316bd8a36c

Library Storytimes and Programs
The Chesterfield Township Library provides several free storytimes each week with our expert librarians that introduce children to literature through books, songs and fingerplays that encourage children to develop a love for literature, and strengthen vocabulary through hearing words they may not hear at home during a typical day. Storytimes provide an opportunity for children to interact with literature in relation to their parents, caregivers and other children in attendance.

Every Child Ready to Read 2nd edition, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) & the Public Library Association (PLA)
1. Singing
2. Talking
3. Reading
4. Writing
5. Playing

Reach Out & Read
Reach Out and Read is committed to helping families understand the benefits of reading with children from infancy—and providing the support they need to make reading a habit.

Ready to Read Michigan
The Library of Michigan’s Ready to Read Michigan program encourages reading aloud regularly to children during the early stages of life (birth up to age 5), as it ensures the development of early literacy skills and instills a love of reading.  The program is designed for public librarians to model early literacy skill development directly to families and engage in outreach to early childhood centers, classrooms and daycares throughout their community.

Six Early Literacy Skills
Letter Knowledge
Narrative Skills
Phonological Awareness
Print Awareness
Print Motivation

Storyblocks is a project of Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy, working in partnership with Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Services. It is a collection of 30-60 second videos designed to model to parents, caregivers, and library staff some songs, rhymes, and fingerplays appropriate for early childhood. Each video clip includes helpful early literacy tips to increase caregivers’ understanding of child development and pre-literacy needs.

Developing Early Literacy: Report of the National Early Literacy Panel