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Reading & Writing

12 Ways to Support Language Development for Infants and Toddlers

When you talk to your child, you support her language development. Think of what you are saying from your infant or toddler’s point of view.

Start a Home Library

Ideas to find inexpensive books and surround children with a variety of books to encourage a love of reading. 

Everyday Steps to Reading and Writing

How can you encourage your child to love reading, writing, and language so much that he begs for a bedtime story or a trip to the library?

Toddlers and Reading: Describe but Don’t Drill

Flash cards emphasize memorization but complex language is what's important.

5 New Resources at the Library

When is the last time you talked to a children’s librarian? If it’s been a while, this is a great time to strike up a conversation. You’ll be surprised at the innovative activities, programs, and services children’s librarians offer young children, and families.

In addition to great books both new and classic, here are 5 new resources you might find at your local library:

1.  Music, DVD’s and Computer games: Many libraries are stocked with CD’s of all kind of children’s music, CD’s for the computer and educational DVD’s. 

Books that Stretch Children's Thinking

Young children learn to think in new ways when they imagine, guess, describe, and wonder. Engage your child's curiosity with these books. 

Read a Little Poem

As children listen to poetry, they hear rhythms, sounds, and language patterns important for literacy development. 

Books Plus Time Equals Happiness

When you read with your child, you cozy up with him and a good book because it’s fun. The time spent together is irreplaceable.

Books that Encourage a Strong Sense of Self

Each young child is unique, with a wide range of interests and abilities. The characters in these stories are a little bit different, but all find ways to stay true to themselves.

Books for Laughing Together

Sharing a joke is a great way to strengthen family ties. These books and activities will have you and your child laughing together in no time.