Early Literacy Newsletter

Issue 13

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 feature outstanding concept books. These books promote many literacy skills such as letter recognition, narrative skills and vocabulary.


do you know

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apple pie abc
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lots of dots
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if rocks could sing
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frankie works the night shift
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one pups up
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same same
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shout shout
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  Feature Book and Art Project

Who knew a square could be transformed into so many things? In this simple, clever concept book, a perfect
square that is perfectly happy is torn into pieces, punched with holes, crumpled, and otherwise changed but finds
in each transformation that it can be something new, and just as happy.
Take a peek at the book:

                     perfect square
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After reading The Perfect Square, give your budding artists some colorful paper squares, scissors, glue and crayons and encourage them to make their own designs.

perfect square interior

Ladybug Magazine

ladybug magazine





Lake Oswego Public Library has many children’s magazine subscriptions. Ladybug is a delightful magazine recommended for children ages 3-6. Each issue is filled with stories, poems, activities, songs and crafts.


Rhyme For Babies and Toddlers


two blackbirds

Even though babies will not actually understand number words and concepts, rhymes with numbers prepare them for the idea of numbers and for counting by rote or imitation. Later they will connect the concept to the words.

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill.
(hold fists with index finger extended)
One named Jack. (wiggle one finger)
One named Jill. (wiggle other finger)
Fly away, Jack. (Hide first finger behind back.)
Fly away Jill. (Hide second finger behind back.)
Come back, Jack. (Bring first finger back to the front.)
Come back, Jill. (Bring second finger back to the front.)


Board Books for Babies and Toddlers
numbers from nature what do you see alligator bear crab


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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