Early literacy

1001 Books before Kindergarten

In January 2014, Harris County Public Library launched a new early literacy program: 1001 Books before Kindergarten. In March of 2015, Claire, a Clear Lake City – County Freeman Branch Library customer, reached the 1001 book mark becoming the first child to complete the program! Congratulations, Claire and family!

Claire reached the goal fairly quickly, but a more leisurely pace is just as good. If your child reads one book a day, s/he will reach 1001 books in under three years. The program seeks to improve important reading skills, but even more, it’s about the time spent together reading for the sheer pleasure it brings.

Babies and Books



Baby Read-Aloud Basics : Fun and Interactive Ways to Help Your Little One Discover the World of Words by Caroline J. Blakemore

Decades of research have proven the value of reading aloud to children, and the years between birth and age two are arguably the most crucial for language development.

Texas Bluebonnets

As many of you already know bluebonnets are the Texas state flower. Today, in Toddle Time, we had fun learning  the Texas Bluebonnet song.  If you were not able to attend, or would like to extend your experience, I have included resources below.  The best time to see the bluebonnets is during the month of April, but you still might be able to find a few patches here or there. 

Bluebonnet song

1 Little, 2 little, 3 little bluebonnets.
4 little, 5 little, 6 little bluebonnets.
7 little, 8 little, 9 little bluebonnets.
10 little bluebonnets standing tall!

Library Cards Are Not Just For Adults!





Do you know that parents can request a library card for their child at any age? 

“The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school.” - The Report of the National Commission on Reading


Getting a library card is easy and the first card is free! 

Fun With Math

Fingerplays  and songs are a great way to help children learn basic math concepts.  Here is one that I will be using in my storytime during the Spring season.

Children's Early Literacy Program

Saturday, May 15th @ 1:30 PM
In partnership with the Children’s Museum of Houston we are proud to present Para Los Niños. Come join the fun as we share books and activities that encourage early literacy skills. This program will focus on family communication and is presented in English.

New Early Literacy Depot @ Your Library

Hanging Out at the Library's Early Literacy DepotThe Library’s Children’s Services Department has a new center with learning activities for young children. The Early Literacy Depot is a place where parents can work with and play together with their children using manipulatives such as alphabet puzzles, magnetic letters and wooden pattern rods. These activities help children use skills contributing to their early literacy. Research shows there are six skills which help children prepare for school and learn to read. They include vocabulary, print motivation, print awareness, narrative skills, letter knowledge and phonological awareness.

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