Before kids can actually read and write, they already know a lot about reading and writing. Research shows that these early literacy skills are developed and strengthened beginning at birth—by talking, singing, playing, and of course, reading and writing. Many of the things you do with your children every day helps prepare them to become successful readers—such as going to the grocery store, taking them to the library, and playing with them at the park. King County Library System’s Paula Burton, Public Services Librarian, and Jennifer Loomis, Children’s Services Librarian, dropped by the Parent Talks Podcast to share their insights on building early literacy skills in children.
- Encompass offers a wide range of programs to support early literacy:
- Click here to view everything related to kids on the King County Library System (KCLS) website.
- The KCLS blog includes recent articles on “Ready to Read” and “Resources for New Parents.”
- Click here for KCLS’s library of story time companion resources for parents and caregivers.
- To see Jennifer and Paula in action at KCLS story time, click one of these videos:
- This website from the American Library Association provides information about Early Literacy for parents and for librarians.
- You can always check out our Resource Library for more activities, articles, videos, apps, and websites recommended by the Encompass team.
Thanks for listening!