It's never too early or too late to start sharing rhymes, songs and books with your child! Visit your local Library and talk with the children's librarian for more information.
Yoga Storytime at Park Branch
Storytime for Babies at Mission Branch
Storytime for Toddlers at Sunset Branch
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Early reader at Sunset Branch
Families enjoy music together
Letter play at Park Branch
New parents love storytimes!
Early Literacy: Babies
Exploring books is one of the first steps to pre-reading.
Always have books around for your baby to explore.
Talk with your baby from the day they are born.
You are your baby’s first and best toy.
It’s never too early or too late to start sharing rhymes, songs and books with your baby!
Babies bond with you when you share stories, songs and rhymes together. These positive interactions stimulate your baby’s brain development by laying the foundation for future language, learning and reading.
Let your baby explore books. Most babies discover books by playing with them and putting them in their mouths. A book is often a baby’s first toy.
Talk to your baby about what you’re doing as you’re doing it. Respond to her expressions, movements and sounds. This is how they communicate with you.
Your baby loves the sound of your voice. Share songs and rhymes in the car, in the tub, on the bus, anywhere and everywhere.
Enjoy a quiet time sharing a board book or simple picture book with your baby. Make book sharing a part of the daily routine.
Research shows that if you read, talk, sing and share rhymes with your baby daily, they will be better prepared for kindergarten and reading. It’s never too early or too late to start sharing books, rhymes and songs with your baby.
Early Literacy: Toddlers
Toddlers love to talk and play. Important language skills develop by age three. Use this window of opportunity by encouraging your toddler’s word skills through talking, singing, reciting rhymes, playing games, sharing books and listening to music together.
Let your child “read” a book, which might mean playing with it or showing it to their toys. Exploring books is one of the first steps to pre-reading.
While getting them ready for bed, talk about all the things they did during their day, who they saw and what they will do tomorrow.
Turn daily tasks into meaningful experiences with songs and rhymes. Try singing “The Wheels on the Bus” with your child while waiting for Muni.
When reading with your child, ask them questions about the story and wait for them to respond. Nurture their interest in books by reading their favorites again and again.
Research shows that if you surround your toddler with enjoyable experiences with books and language, they will be better prepared for kindergarten and reading. It’s never too early or too late to start sharing books, rhymes and songs with your toddler.
Early Literacy: Preschoolers
Preschoolers talk more than ever. Your child’s communication skills grow more complex every day. Playing, talking, singing and reading are fun, effective ways to expand vocabulary and increase language skills.
Act out stories together: stories from his imagination, stories from your childhood, stories from books. Let your child be the Director and the Star.
Your child enjoys talking, the sillier the better! Let them invent words and jokes. Encourage this wordplay by inventing some new words yourself. Everyone has fun in a good conversation.
Sing familiar songs with your child. Replace key words with rhyming ones - Row, Row, Row Your Boat becomes Row, Row, Row Your Goat. Make up movements to go with the new words.
Let your child “read” a favorite book to you by retelling the story in his own words. He may even have it memorized word for word.
Research shows that if you tell stories, talk about words and sing songs and rhymes with your preschooler, they will be better prepared for kindergarten and reading. It’s never too early or too late to start sharing books, rhymes and songs with your preschooler.
Early Literacy: Parents and Caregivers
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
With simple and positive interactions surrounding books, songs, rhymes and conversation, you nurture your child’s interest in learning, language and life. You are essential to your child’s social and emotional readiness for kindergarten and reading. It’s never too early or too late to start!
The Library is your best resource to support you as your child’s first and most important teacher. It is here that you will find an abundance of picture stories, educational resources, storytimes and the expertise of your local children’s librarian. The Library can serve as your child’s first classroom.
Using the Library
Get free library cards for you and your child.
Check out books, music and more to enjoy at home.
Attend free storytimes.
Find out where the board books and picture stories are.
Play and explore the “Play To Learn” areas.
Visit your Library often!
Especially For Early Childhood Educators
Ask the children’s librarian for suggested materials to support your curriculum.
Use the online library catalog to reserve books and other materials.
Check out books, music and more for your center.
Talk to the children’s librarian about programs and services for your group.
Invite the children’s librarian to visit your center for storytime, a family literacy event or a parent meeting.