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Every Child Ready to Read

Every Child Ready to Read


The Barrie Public Library has adopted the Every Child Ready to Read program, an early childhood literacy program developed by the American Library Association (ALA). In June 2011, the American Library Association released an updated and expanded the 2nd edition of the Every Child Ready to Read program. The following information is based on the new edition.

Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Studies have shown that children get ready to read years before they start school. Parents and caregivers play a critical role in developing early literacy skills in children beginning at birth.

Help your child get ready to read with these simple activities:

Talking with children helps them quickly learn oral language, one of the most critical early literacy skills. The experience of self expression also stimulates brain development, which underlies all learning. 

For detailed information, read the Talking Activities Ideas PDF

Singing (which also includes rhyming) increases children’s awareness of and sensitivity to the sounds in words. This helps prepare children to decode print (written language).

For detailed information, read the Singing Activities Ideas PDF

Reading together, or shared reading, remains the single most effective way to help children become proficient readers. 

For detailed information, read the Reading Activities Ideas PDF

Writing and reading go together. Writing helps children learn that letters and words stand for sounds and that print has meaning. 

For detailed information, read the Writing Activities Ideas PDF

Play is one of the primary ways young children learn about the world. General knowledge is an important literacy skill that helps children understand books and stories once they begin to read. 

For detailed information, read the Playing Activities Ideas PDF

How can the library help?

The Every Child Ready to Read program is modeled in the library's storytimes through songs, stories, rhymes and activities. Each week, library staff will demonstrate different techniques that will help your child get ready to read.

Right from the start, you are your child's best teacher!

  • You know more about your child than anyone else.
  • You are in the best position to help your child get ready to read.  You can do activities for short bits of time throughout the day to offset their short attention spans.
  • You know your children best and can help them learn in ways and times that are easiest for them. Parents are tremendous role models - if your children see that you think reading is important and enjoy it, they will follow your lead. Children learn best by doing - and they love doing things with YOU.

Other resources and background information about the Every Child Ready to Read programme can be found on the American Library Association web site.

For more information, including additional book suggestions, visit the library and talk to the Children’s staff or call 705-728-1010 ext. 7019.