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Early Literacy

Talk

Children are listening. They are learning about language through every conversation. When you talk with them, describe things that you see and explain what you are doing. The more words they hear, the more words they will learn and understand. This helps them learn to read and tell their own stories.

Sing

Singing is a fun way for children to learn about language. The rhythms and rhymes of songs help them hear new words and the smaller sounds that make up those words, because singing naturally slows down language. This helps children sound out words when they are learning to read.

Read

Reading together is the single, most important way to help children become readers. When you share a love of reading with children and create an enjoyable experience, it makes an impact that will last a lifetime.

Write

Scribble, color, draw, write, trace, paint, cut, and glue with your child. The possibilities are endless when it comes to building the hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills needed to be ready to write letters, words, and sentences.

Play

Have fun together. Playing is a natural way for children to learn about the world around them. Through each playful interaction with you, they are learning and using language. This helps them to be able to express themselves and become ready to learn to read.

Children listen and learn about language in every conversation. When you talk with them, describe what you see and do. The more words they hear, the more words they will understand. This helps them learn to read and tell their own stories.

The rhythms and rhymes of songs help children hear new words and the smaller sounds that make up those words, because singing naturally slows down language. This helps children sound out words when they are learning to read.

Reading together is the single, most important way to help children become readers. Share a love of reading with children and create an enjoyable experience. It makes an impact that will last a lifetime.

Scribble, color, draw, write, trace, paint, cut, and glue with your child. This builds the hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills needed to be ready to write letters, words, and sentences.

Play is a natural way for children to learn about the world around them. Through each playful interaction with you, they learn and use language. This helps them express themselves and become ready to learn to read.

Raising Readers with the New Orleans Public Library

Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they learn to read and write. It’s the foundation that newborns to 5-year-olds need to become readers.

The New Orleans Public Library believes in helping parents and caregivers raise readers together. We are committed to providing support from the very beginning of children’s early learning to years beyond. Our programs and resources can help them become ready to read and prepare them to be lifelong learners.

Recommended Reads: Count with Me

Storytime

Storytime

Read, sing, talk, write, and play together in a format designed for children from birth to 5 years old and their caregivers. The New Orleans Public Library offers indoor and outdoor storytime at all open Library locations.

Activity Calendar

e-Resources for Early Literacy

Partnership with New Orleans Museum of Art

New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) and the New Orleans Public Library have partnered to bring together art and early literacy activities for a community program designed for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers. Participants of Mini Masters at the Library will engage in hands-on art making activities and develop the early literacy skills needed to become ready to read.