Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing are all important activities to get kids ready to read.

Talking with children is one of the best ways to help them learn new words and information. Children learn about language by listening and joining in the conversation.

Singing is a natural way for children to learn about language. Songs slow down language so children can hear the different sounds that make up words.

Reading together is the single most important way to help children get ready to read. Kids who are read to are more likely to enjoy reading themselves.

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

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.

Hood River – Thursdays – 10:30am

Baby/toddler storytime: Music and movement

Studies have shown time and again that moving, singing and music experiences are the best preparations for reading and literacy. Plus, they love it! Baby/toddler storytime begins promptly at 10:30am. The first 15 minutes are devoted to developing literacy skills and the rest of the time the children are free to socialize and play with books and musical instruments.

Storytime: Stories and Songs

Storytime and sing alongs for preschool-aged children.

Cascade Locks – Saturdays – 11:00am

Come along kids at 11.00am to the Cascade Locks Library for a fun storytime. All ages welcome.