Helping Kids Read & Succeed!

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss

Every Child Ready to Read

Parents and caregivers are a child’s most important teacher. Help your child develop essential language skills by doing these early literacy activities together every day.

ECRR

Every Child Ready to Read is an initiative created by the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children to encourage parents, as their child(ren)’s first teacher, to participate in enrichment activities that create the building blocks for reading.

Six Skills Your Kids Need to Begin Reading

PRINT AWARENESS (Knowing Books)
PRINT MOTIVATION (Loving Books)
LETTER KNOWLEDGE (Knowing Letters)
VOCABULARY (Knowing Words)
PHONOLOGICAL AWARENESS (Knowing Sounds)
NARRATIVE SKILLS (Telling Stories)

How Do I…

Find a Book
Get a Library Card
Find Hours & Locations
Reserve/Renew a Book
Get Downloadable Books
Search Our Resources
Make a Suggestion
Reserve a Zoom Pass
Request a Mobile Café or Library Stop
Request a Meeting Room
Have an Exhibit
Get a Passport

Doing each of these five practices with your child often will help them to build the above six building blocks for him or her to learn to read!  Below are handouts to help parent with ECRR!

Talk

Talking with children is one of the best ways to help them learn language. Talk to your child in your native language.

Sing

Songs are a natural way for children to learn about language. Songs break words into smaller parts that are easier to learn and understand.

Read

Reading together is the single most important way to help children get ready to read.

Write

Writing and reading go together. Scribbling and writing help children learn that written words stand for spoken language.

Play

Playing helps children put thoughts into words and think symbolically so they understand that spoken and written words can stand for real objects and experiences.

Library Resources

Kits for Kids

Books and Stories to Go Kits Also called Smart Start bags, contain 10 books on a specific topic, but count as one item to checkout. Over 100 bags available for a three week checkout with one renewal allowed. Popular themes include, but are not limited to: ABCCountingApples & FallBath &…

Find Out More Kits for Kids

Stay Home Storytimes

Librarian planned, themed storytimes with three ebooks, two songs, and two action rhymes or finger-plays to do with the child or children in your life. These storytimes are recommended for Pre-K through 3rd graders.

Take Home Storytime packets

Physical bundles of three picture books and a storytime guide sheet (with songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and a craft idea!) for you to check out and take home to share with your family.

Online Resources

  • Reach Out and Read – Integrating reading aloud into pediatric care and helping to provide free books during wellness check-ups.
  • NC Office of Early Learning – provide an equitable and responsive system of support to ensure North Carolina’s children and families are successful contributors in school and life.
  • PBS Kids – educational games, videos and resources for you and your child.
  • CDC’s Milestone website – find out if your child is developing on track.
  • Sing With our Kids – a community project website with free songs and activities for birth to five.
  • StoryBlocks – a project of Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy, working in partnership with Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Services building a collection of 30-60 second videos designed to model to parents, caregivers, and library staff some songs, rhymes, and fingerplays appropriate for early childhood.
  • Common Sense Media – Ratings, recommendations, and guidance about movies, apps, and games for kids.

Community Resources

  1. Alamance Partnership for Children – To help every young child grow, learn, and thrive through child care center support, programs, initiatives, and more.
  2. Alamance Achieves – Engaging and aligning our community to create pathways for every child to thrive, from cradle to career.
  3. Alamance County DSS
  4. RCS HeadStart Preschool – for children in low-income families by offering educational, nutritional, health, social, and other services.
  5. NC DHHS Department of Child Development and Early Education – ensure the health and safety of children in child care programs, to promote quality child care by implementing evidenced-based standards and to increase access to quality child care to families and children across North Carolina. COVID Information for Child Care, Remote Learning Resources, and more.
  6. It Takes a Village at Elon – a program that uses a collaborative approach to help children in the community who are struggling to read. Children, Elon students, and trained community volunteers are paired together for weekly tutoring sessions.