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Early Literacy Tips for Parents

Begin reading at birth. It is never too early to start reading. Board books, touch and feel, as well as books with simple illustrations are perfect for babies. Sign up for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Read every day. 20 minutes is all it takes to make prepare kids for school. Read while you wait for appointments, in the car line at school pick-up or make it a part of bedtime. Choose books with rhymes, engaging pictures, and about familiar routines.

Ask questions. Reading is not only about the words on the page. Ask questions, talk about the illustrations, and retell stories together. There are so many ways to read a story together. For more read aloud tips visit the Reading Rockets Parents Page.

Play matters. Play builds brains. Whether it is jumping in puddles, playing dress-up, or cooking together, play is how children learn. Visit the Morley Library’s Early Literacy Play Area for age-appropriate toys and literacy activities.

Set an example. To raise a reader, be a reader. Kids love to mimic what parents do. Take advantage and show them how fun reading is.

For more tips and book suggestions, visit the children’s services desk on the second floor of the library, call 440-352-3383 or email


Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Every child from birth to age five is eligible to receive a new book each month. That means by the time a child enters kindergarten they will have 60 books in their home. Lifeline, working with the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, and other local affiliates to enroll Lake County’s children. Contact our office at 2-1-1 to learn more or for help with enrollment. You can also enroll online by visiting


Day By Day Ohio

Families, caregivers, educators, and librarians can use the Day By Day Ohio Family Literacy Calendar at home, library, classroom, or on the go. With a perpetual calendar featuring songs, activities, book suggestions, and videos, Day By Day Ohio supports early literacy skills and helps young children get ready for school. Please visit the website for more information