Study after study has shown that reading to children even before they can talk has real benefits for their development as readers and learners. Becoming a Nation of Readers reports that “the single most important activity for building knowledge for their eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.” We at HCPL encourage you to read with your kids for twenty minutes a day. HCPL librarians are here to offer hints and encouragement as well as reading recommendations.
Early literacy helps children develop into life long readers
- Reading Readiness - learning to use books
- Print Awareness - understanding that words on a page have meaning
- Vocabulary - knowing the names of things
- Phonological Awareness - hearing the smaller sounds that make up words (songs and nursery rhymes are a wonderful example of this skill)
- Narrative Skills - understanding that stories have a beginning, middle and end, being able to "re-tell" a story
- Letter Knowledge - learning the name of each letter and it's sound
- Print Motivation - an interest and enjoyment in books!
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Early Literacy Programs
HCPL branches offer a variety of story times for children as they grow, from infant lapsits, baby times, toddler times, pre-school story times, as well as story times for school-age children. Each offer age-appropriate stories and activities designed to spark your child's love of reading in a fun and safe atmosphere. Click on Events to find the story times that is right for your child.
HCPL has Family Learning Centers at branches throughout the county.
George and Barbara Bush Family PlaceTM Libraries
made possible by a generous grant from the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation
Family Place builds on the knowledge that good health, early learning, parental involvement and supportive communities play a critical role in a young child’s growth and development. Each Family Place Library features specially trained staff and uniquely designed spaces.
Barbara Bush Branch Library
Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library
High Meadows Branch Library
Jacinto City Branch Library
LSC-Tomball Branch Library
Maud Marks Branch Library
Octavia Fields Branch Library
Parker Williams Branch Library
Family Learning Center Libraries
made possible by a generous grant from the Save the Children Foundation
Aldine Branch Library
Katherine Tyra Branch Library @ Bear Creek
Spring Branch Memorial Branch Library
Para los niños is a series of bilingual library programs designed to help kids and parents learn the skills that lead to success in school and in life. Each program focuses on a theme like family communication, healthy minds healthy bodies, math at home, raising a reader, setting limits and more.
Go to Para los niños in Events LINK***
This early literacy program is designed to help ready your child for Kindergarten. It sounds like a lot of books, but if you read only one book a day, you will be done in under three years! We hope you & your child will grow to love reading as much as we do, and we know that you will create special memories of reading together through participation in this program. Check with the staff at your branch library to see what resources and programs are offered locally to guide and encourage you and your child through your reading journey. Sign up with your librarian, or simply download the materials below.
Let your kids keep track of their progress with these reading logs!
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