Early Literacy Newsletter

Issue 16

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 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.

Sing a book with your Preschoolers and Toddlers

Songs are a natural way to learn about language. Most songs have a different note for each syllable. This helps children break down words so they hear individual sounds. Try singing a few song books to your child. If you can't remember the tunes check this website, where you will also find many fun music activities and games. Storytimesongs.com

seals on the bus
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bear went over the mountain
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over in the meadow
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Feature Book for Preschoolers and Toddlers - Got Rhythm?! 

farmyard beat
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Author Lindsey Craig and illustrator Marc Brown have created a jubilant book that begs interaction. In Farmyard Beat, the farm animals can't sleep because "they got that beat". Bouncy repetition, noisy words and delightful paper collage illustrations are a big part of the fun in this picture book. Have your child clap hands, slap knees or tap feet to the rhythmic text.


Whimsical Fun
One of the six early literacy skills is "Print Motivation" which is "being interested and enjoying books." These three humorous, inventive books are guaranteed to cause giggles!
animal masquerade
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z is for moose
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what animals really like
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                                                                                  Music CDs
                      Don't forget our children's music CD collection when you travel this summer. Here are three recommendations that parents will enjoy as much as children.

animal playground
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cd cover
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Singing Rhymes For Babies and Toddlers


Sing to the tune of "Frere Jacques."
Take baby's hands in your own.

Roly, poly, roly, poly,
Up, up, up.....up, up, up.
Roll baby's hands around each other, then stretch up and up.Roly poly poly, roly poly poly.
Down, down down....down, down, down
Roll baby's hand, then stretch down and down.




Rock your infant back and forth. Infants love
the "aaahh" part as it's the first sound they make.
Take hands with toddlers and row.

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.
Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
If you see a crocodile,
Don't forget to scream, aaahh!

Song Board Books for Babies and Toddlers
itsy bitsy spider ten in the bed bingo


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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