Early Literacy Newsletter

Issue 14

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.

Winter Stories
Curl up with a winter story. The six featured books promote specific literacy skills and are perfect to read on a cold winter night.


brownie groundhog
Print Motivation

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bedtime for bear
Print Awareness

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red sled
Narrative Skills and Print Awareness

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sleep big bear
Phonological Awareness

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perfect snow
Print Motivation

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snow rabbit
Narrative Skills

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  Feature Book and Art Project

swirl by swirl
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Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman is one of our favorite picture books of the year. Beautifully illustrated, it is an exploration of various examples of spirals appearing in nature, including snail shells, flower petals, elephant tusks, crashing waves, and more.

After reading this exquisite book, look for spirals in your own surroundings. Encourage your child to make a spiral picture using colored chalk on black paper, colored fabric paints, felt pens or crayons.

Follow the link to the author's Reader's Guide for more ideas and directions to make a spiral mobile.

Audiobooks for Preschoolers
Your library has an extensive audiobook collection (CDs and downloadable) for all ages, including preschoolers. Audiobooks help develop listening skills, improve vocabulary and stimulate a child's ability to imagine.


horton hears a who
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little bear
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little golden treasury
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                                                                               Bedtime Book for Toddlers


Tuck Me In! is an irresistible bedtime book for toddlers that promotes print motivation, a child's interest in and enjoyment of books. In Tuck Me In! the reader helps tuck in baby animals at bedtime using pages with flaps that serve as blankets. Encourage your toddler to play the part of the animals and repeat the refrain "I do!"

Rhymes For Babies and Toddlers
Mother and Father and Uncle John
Bounce baby on knee
Went to town, one by one
Mother jumped off
Lean to one side
Father jumped off
Lean to other side
But Uncle John went on and on.
Bounce baby on knee.
One, Two, Three
Baby's on my knee
Rooster crows
And away he goes
Lift baby up

Board Books for Babies and Toddlers by Kate Endle
bunny rabbit in the sunlight what is green who hoo are you


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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