Early Literacy

Parents are children’s first teachers. We have resources and tips designed for you 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 their children every day they help ensure Kindergarten readiness. Our Ready to Read program is a parent education initiative to help families prepare their children (birth-preschool) for Kindergarten while providing the information and tools needed to build early literacy skills.

For information or to schedule a training session, 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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Talking with children helps them learn new words and also stimulates brain development which encourages learning.


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


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


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.

Early Literacy


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