Early Literacy Newsletter

Issue 8

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 fingerplays, crafts, and other activities.

In this issue we feature our current favorite picture books. Each book fosters a specific literacy skill. Also, check out our magazine for babies and toddlers and try singing a nursery rhyme song from one of our many nursery rhyme books.


Picture Books for Preschoolers


when dinosaurs came with everything

Print Motivation

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lmno peas

Letter Recognition

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first words


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Phonological Awareness

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sick day for amos mcgee

Print Motivation

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seven hungry babies

Phonological Awareness

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hurry up and slow down

Print Awareness

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mouse was mad

Narrative Skills

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pouchPrint Awareness
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                                  Fingerplays for Preschoolers and Toddlers

Ten fat peas in a peapod pressed

Hold up two fists

One grew...two grew...so did all the rest.

One thumb up, other thumb up, all fingers

They grew and grew and did not stop

Raise hands higher and higher

Until one day the pod went pop!

Clap hands over head

There's a tiny little star way up in the sky

Raise fist high

A tiny little star up so very high

Raise fist even higher

It twinkles brightly though the night

Open fist and wiggle fingers

But during the day, it's out of sight

Close  fingers back into fist

Read and Draw Activity

Chalk by Bill Thompson is a wordless picture  book about three children who go to a park on a rainy day, find some chalk and draw pictures that come to life. Wordless books are a good way to increase narrative skills. Read Chalk and have your child describe what is happening on each page. A fun activity to do after reading this book is to go outside with a box of chalk and encourage your child to draw pictures that tell a story.

Nursery Rhymes for Toddlers and Babies

Singing is one way to help children hear the smaller sounds in words, especially if there is a

different note for each syllable. Check out our series of activity song books of traditional nursery

rhymes just the right size for small hands.  The fingerplay instructions at the back of the books

encourage interaction between parent and child to develop motor skills.

pat a cake

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itsy bitsy spider
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im a little teapot
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Action Rhymes For Babies

Round and round the garden

Circle baby’s palm, back or belly

Goes the teddy bear

One step, two step,

Walk fingers up arm, back or chest

Tickle under there.

Tickle under chin.


This is the way the farmer rides

A-jiggity jog, a jiggity jog

Rock baby side to side on knees

This is the way the lady rides

A-prance, a-prance

Bounce baby gently on knees

This is the way the gentleman rides,

A gallop, gallop, gallop!

Bounce baby quickly on knees.



BABYBUG Magazine for Babies and Toddlers
babybug The library has a subscription to the magazine Babybug. It is recommended for children 6 months to 3 years and is shelved with our board books.  Babybug is filled with simple stories and rhymes and bright engaging pictures.

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.
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