Early Literacy Newsletter

Issue 12

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

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 activites, fingerplays and crafts.

In this issue we focus on interactive books, wordless books and hidden picture books. These books help develop several literacy skills. Hidden picture and puzzle books make book sharing a special time, fostering print motivation, which is the enjoyment of books.   Wordless books encourage storytelling, stimulating language development and narrative skills.




Picture Puzzles Books for Preschoolers

Hidehn Seek Animals

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look a book

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spot it

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super snow day

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i spy spectacular

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mean machines

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  Feature BookS

Each page of this innovative concept book instructs the

reader to press the dots, shake the pages and tilt the

book, to see what happens next. Children and adults like

will giggle with delight as the dots multiply, change

direction, and grow in size, in this unique picture book

about the power of imagination. See how it looks:


Is it a duck or a rabbit? This book is a fun exercise in visual perception and a great brainteaser. It also provides an excellent starting point for discussing how points of view can differ and still be right. 

press here

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duck rabbit

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"I Spy" Book and Game

i spy with my little eye

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The game I Spy is a great way to promote vocabulary and letter knowledge. It's a perfect activity for doctor's offices, restaurants, airports and other places where you sometimes have to wait with kids. Here are some of the many ways to play this game:

Focus on first letter: I spy with my little eye something that begins with "B"

Choose a description of an object: I spy something red, something square, something shiny.

Look for rhyming words: I spy something that rhymes with sled (bed) sock (clock)

New Wordless Books

bee and bird

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ball for daisy

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wheres walrus

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Rhymes For Babies  


Round and round the haystack

(make a circle on baby's palm)

Went the little mouse.

One step, two steps,

("walk" your fingers up baby's arm)

in his little house.

(tap top of baby's head).

Hold baby in the air and gently sway her back and forth, or sway her on your knee.

Tick tock tick tock,

I'm a little cuckoo clock.

Tick tock tick tock

Now the time is one o'clock.

Cuckoo! (Lift baby)

Board Books for Babies and Toddlers
find the kitten i spy little animals whos in the garden


Books for Babies Gift Bags
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.
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