Ready to Read!

Reading readiness tips
Five skills that contribute to early reading success
Fingerplay Fun videos
Early literacy links

Reading readiness tips

Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Talking, singing, sharing books, and playing are all important parts of getting kids ready to read. Have fun and share with your kids every day!

Research shows that children get ready to read years before they start school. You can help your child learn important skills now so they can become successful readers.

  • Be a reading role model: Monkey see, monkey do. If you enjoy reading, they will too!
  • Keep reading fun: Don’t make book time a chore. Share when everybody is in a good mood.
  • Sing and rhyme often: Remember your favorite nursery rhyme? Pass it on!
  • Tell stories: Share your stories and encourage your kids to share theirs too.
  • Practice patience: It is ok if the kids are not focused on the book while you share.

Five skills that contribute to early reading success

1. Talk

  • Point out the names of things
  • Tell stories
  • Describe daily action
  • Speak in parent-ese
  • Look for books with loads of vocabulary words to share

2. Sing

  • Share nursery rhymes
  • Sing your way through daily activities
  • Play with rhyme
  • Sing lots of different songs to your child
  • Look for books that can be sung

3. Read

  • Make book sharing part of daily routine
  • Talk about the pictures in books
  • Read with enthusiasm
  • Re-read books that your child loves... over and over and over
  • Pick books you like and books on subjects your child loves

4. Write

  • Involve your child in writing grocery lists
  • Let your child explore playing with crayons, pencils, pens, and markers
  • Share action rhymes and fingeplays
  • Encourage your child to talk about what she scribbles
  • Look for books

5. Play

  • Imaginative play
  • Big body games and fingerplays
  • Let your kids play with simple toys like blocks and shape sorters
  • Play games with simple rules
  • Look for books that have an engagement element

Fingerplay Fun

Fingerplays and rhymes are wonderful literacy builders! They encourage conversations, beg to be sung and are built around a love of play. Learn more and enjoy these videos of Washington County librarians demonstrating some of their favorite rhymes in English and Spanish.


Early literacy links