Every Child Ready to Read

Every Child Ready to Read is a joint project of the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children.

Current research on early literacy and brain development indicates that it is never too early to prepare children for success as readers. Parents of newborns, toddlers and preschoolers must be informed of their critical role as their children's first teacher.

The Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children, have incorporated the latest research into a series of parent and caregiver workshops to provide public libraries with vital tools to help prepare parents for their critical role as their child's first teacher. These tools were developed by Dr. Grover C. Whitehurst and Dr. Christopher Lonigan, well-known researchers in emergent literacy, and have been tested and refined by library demonstrations sites around the country.

The Central Texas Ready to Read early literacy project is funded and sponsored by the Central Texas Library System, Inc., the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Tocker Foundation and the Taylor Public Library.

Children's staff of Taylor Public Library are currently involved in presenting a series of workshops at Taylor Head Start Program, and Taylor Even Start Program. Each of the following 6 pre-reading skills will be presented at the weekly story times in March and April.

There are 6 Pre-Reading Skills your child can start learning from birth!
  • Narrative Skills: Being able to describe things and events, tell stories.
  • Phonological Awareness: Being able to hear and play with sounds in words.
  • Letter Knowledge: Knowing letters are different from each other.
  • Print Motivation: Being interested in and enjoying books.
  • Vocabulary: Knowing the names of things.
  • Print Awareness: Noticing print, knowing how to handle a book, follow the words on a page.
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