Early Literacy Newsletter: Issue One
What is Early Literacy? Early Literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Research shows that children get ready to read years before they start school. There are six early literacy skills that parents can incorporate into their children's daily life. These six skills are: Vocabulary, Print Motivation, Print Awareness, Narrative Skills, Phonological Awareness, and Letter Knowledge. More detailed information about these six skills is available at http://multcolib.org/birthtosix/elitskills.html/

This newsletter's purpose is to help parents of children from birth to age five put early literacy principles into practice. You can help your baby, toddler and preschooler learn important skills now so they can become good readers. There are many simple and fun ways to do this. We invite you to bring your child to Library storytimes, which utilize research-based techniques to build early literacy skills. This newsletter will help you extend storytime benefits by including book-related fingerplays, crafts, and other activities.


One of the six Early Literacy skills is Print Motivation. Print Motivation is a child's interest in and enjoyment of books. Children who have fun with books want to be read to. When you read at home, look for ways to pull your child into the book and get her actively involved in the storytelling. Here are some fun newer books to share with your toddler and preschooler.

Visitor Monkey Choo Choo

A Visitor for Bear

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Monkey and Me

Hey Mr. Choo- Choo, Where Are You Going?

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im bad engines alistair
I'm Bad

Off Go Their Engines, Off Go Their Lights

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Alistair and Kip's Great Adventure
Fun Fingerplays for Your Toddler and Preschoolers

Two little houses closed up tight

(Two closed fists)

Open the windows and let in the light

(Spread hands apart)

Ten little people tall and straight

(Hold up ten fingers)

Ready for the bus at half past eight.

(Fingers make running motion)

Dance your fingers up,

dance your fingers down

dance your fingers to the side,

dance them all around.

Dance them on your shoulders,

dance them on your head

dance them on your tummy,

and put them all to bed.

Try Pairing Up This Fun Book and Song With Your Toddler
Hello Day
Hello, Day!

When Animals Get Up in the Morning

When dogs get up in the morning, they always say good day.

When dogs get up in the morning, they always say good day.

"Woof, woof, woof," that is what they say.

"Woof, woof, woof," that is what they say.

When horses get up in the morning, they always say good day.

When horses get up in the morning, they alway say good day.

"Neigh, neigh, neigh," that is what they say.

"Neigh, neigh, neigh," that is what they say.

Note: This song is fun to do with all sorts of animals. It is also a great song to do with puppets.

Rain Stick Craft

This is a fun and easy craft for your preschooler. 

You will need:

A paper towel or wrapping paper tube

aluminum foil

beans, beads, or rice to make a rattling sound




                   1. Take a piece of aluminum foil and roll it up so that it looks like a snake.

                   2. Shape the rolled foil into a coil and put it in the paper towel tube.

                   3. Put tape on one side of the tube

                   4. Put the beans (beads/rice) in the tube and tape the other side.

                   5. Decorate using markers

Just for Babies

Your library has a great selection of board books. 

Cuddle close and make reading a special time.

Find the piglet Look at the animals Babys day
Books for Babies
The Library offers a special bag, containing new children's cardboard books and a parenting book, for parents of newborns.  These Books for Babies bags are for babies from birth to six months old and for Lake Oswego Residents only.  Funding for Books for Babies is provided by the Friends of the Library.  Parents can request a bag at the Library check out desk.  For information, please call 503-675-2538. books for babies photo