Early Literacy

Parents are children’s first teachers. We have resources and tips designed to help your child grow and develop from ages 0-5.

Ready to Read

The years before kindergarten make a huge difference and help predict how successful a child will be in school and beyond. Nearly 2/3 of Toledo’s children are not ready to enter kindergarten. Parents are children’s first teachers. By talking, singing, reading, writing and playing with children every day, parents help ensure kindergarten readiness. Our Ready to Read program is a parent education initiative designed to help families prepare children (birth-preschool) for kindergarten while providing the information and tools needed to build early literacy skills.

For questions on Ready to Read contact Outreach Services at 419.259.5253 or Ready.toRead@TOLEDOLIBRARY.ORG.

CONTACT READY TO READ

Talking

Talking with children helps them learn new words and also stimulates brain development which encourages learning.

Singing

Singing - which also includes rhyming - increases children’s ability to hear different sounds within words. This helps prepare children to decode or sound out written words.

Reading

Reading together, or shared reading, remains the single most important way to help children become skilled readers.

Writing

Writing and reading go together. Writing helps children learn that letters and words stand for sounds and that print has meaning.

Playing

Playing is one of the main ways young children learn about the world. Overall knowledge is an important literacy skill that helps children understand books and stories once they begin to read.

The Library is here to help. Whether you would like more information on talking, singing, reading, writing and playing or to schedule a training session to help with kindergarten readiness, please email readytoread@toledolibrary.org or call 419.259.5350.

101 Picture Book Challenge

The 101 Picture Book Challenge is designed to provide all children with a strong foundation of words, reading and stories to build literacy. 

We picked 101 of our favorite picture books and we want you to read them, too. Our list includes classics, new titles and everything in between. Sign-up today and start reading!

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Kindergarten Kickstart

Programs April - July

Do you have a child starting kindergarten soon? Our Kindergarten KickStart programs are part storytime, part information session and a great big hour of fun! Songs, stories, games and activity stations will prepare you and your child for success in school.

Participants who attend these programs receive a Ready, Set, Kindergarten Backpack filled with early literacy materials. This program has been made possible through generous support from The Library Legacy Foundation.

Upcoming Kingergarten Kickstarts

Kindergarten KickStart!

Monday May. 21
at 5:00 p.m.

Location: Birmingham

Do you have a child starting kindergarten in the fall? Join our Kindergarten KickStart! for an event that's part storytime, part information session, and a great big hour of fun! Songs, stories, games and activity stations will prepare both you and your child for success in school. Participants who attend this event will receive a Ready, Set, Kindergarten Backpack of...

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Kindergarten KickStart!

Monday May. 21
at 5:00 p.m.

Location: Birmingham

Do you have a child starting kindergarten in the fall? Join our Kindergarten KickStart! for an event that's part storytime, part information session, and a great big hour of fun! Songs, stories, games and activity stations will prepare both you and your child for success in school. Participants who attend this event will receive a Ready, Set, Kindergarten Backpack of...

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Kindergarten KickStart!

Tuesday May. 22
at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Birmingham

Do you have a child starting kindergarten in the fall? Join our Kindergarten KickStart! for an event that's part storytime, part information session, and a great big hour of fun! Songs, stories, games and activity stations will prepare both you and your child for success in school. Participants who attend this event will receive a Ready, Set, Kindergarten Backpack of...

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ONLINE LEARNING TOOLS

Early Literacy

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