Idea Roundup, Part 3

As I have reviewed the content of my blog, I have wanted to find ways to share early literacy resources with parents and families. So for today’s post I want to share with you some resources I’ve found that we could use for exactly that purpose.


The Library of Virginia created these fantastic literacy information cards that are a fabulous way of breaking down the early literacy practices and why they matter. A fantastic example of a parent handout.


Check out Brooklyn Public Library’s super set of tips and hands-on activities, called “Ready, Set, Kindergarten!”, designed to help parents get their children ready to go to school. Notice how many of these activities are fun, creative, interactive – and promote learning at the same time.


Speaking of play, the organization Zero to Three created this fabulous 12-page guide for parents, talking about how to play with young children in a way that promotes healthy development. Play suggestions include physical, creative, noisy, quiet, indoor, outdoor, and many other kinds of play to suit many different children and many different circumstances. Download The Power of Play.


Check out these fabulous bookmarks designed by the Kanawha (WV) library. Could we create some of these for our own libraries and give them out at checkout to anybody visiting the library with a child or checking out children’s books?


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