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Born to Read  

Babies are sponges for learning. From birth to age 5, help your child unlock their potential for learning and reading.
Last Updated: Jan 15, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Playing encourages your child to put their thoughts into words, tell stories, problem-solve and imagine.

All of these skills will help them become better readers and writers when they start school.


Things to Do

Using everyday objects, help your child reimagine them as wands, rocket ships or wild animals.

Invite other children over to encourage social literacy.

Play simple stacking, matching or name-that-thing games.

Play games on one of the library's Early Literacy Computers.


Books to Read

Use the books mentioned here to play games and interact with your child. Reserve all of them.

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Bunny Cakes - Rosemary Wells
Max makes an earthworm cake for Grandma's birthday and helps Ruby with her angel surprise cake. At the store, the grocer can't read all of the shopping list, until Max solves the problem by drawing a picture.

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From Head to Toe - Eric Carle
Encourages the reader to exercise by following the movements of various animals; presented in a question and answer format.

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If You're Happy and You Know It - James Warhola
Jungle animals sing the verses of this popular song that encourages everyone to express their happiness through voice and movement.

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Shout! Shout It Out! - Denise Fleming
Mouse invites the reader to shout out what he or she knows as they review numbers, letters, and easy words.

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The Gingerbread Boy - Paul Galdone
The Gingerbread Boy eludes the hungry grasp of everyone he meets until he happens upon a fox more clever than he.


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