Early Literacy

“Early literacy” is what children know about reading and writing before they know how to read and write. Six basic skills help prepare your child for kindergarten by building a strong foundation for learning. 

Print Motivation: being interested in and enjoying books
Print Awareness: noticing print everywhere, knowing how to handle a book, and knowing how to follow the written word on the page
Letter Knowledge: knowing that letters are different from each other, knowing letter names and sounds, and recognizing letters everywhere
Vocabulary: knowing all kinds of words
Phonological Awareness: hearing and playing with the smaller sounds of words
Narrative Skills: describing things and events, telling stories, knowing the order of events, and making predictions

Every time you sing, read, write, talk and play with your child, you are building vital connections in their growing brain.

More details and practice ideas can be found at Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy.

Nothing is more important than reading to your child. Together we can be ready to read! Watch this video to learn more.

StoryBlocks: Songs & rhymes that build readers (videos are in different languages including French, Italian, ASL, Spanish, Arabic, and Amharic)

Reading Rockets, Zero to Three: Early learning resources

The library’s youth services staff have created a variety of videos and activities to help your youngest learners prepare to read. Check out the library’s YouTube channel or Facebook for more early literacy videos and other archived programming.


Friday Fun Day – Signs of Summer Scavenger Hunt (video)
Signs of Summer Scavenger Hunt  (printable)
FF Summer Book List

Friday Fun Day – Little Mouse (video)
Little Mouse Colored Houses (printable)

Friday Fun Day – Dinosaurs! (video)
Activity Packet (printable)