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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~Dr. Seuss

The roots of early literacy begin as simply as through conversations with children, reading books aloud, naming and labeling the world, and surrounding children with rich and descriptive words. Providing early language and literacy experiences every day can positively impact a child by supporting the development of a large and nimble vocabulary, essential for academic success. Early childhood educators working in family childcare homes and classroom settings who read at least five books to children each day are engaging them in the magical world of the story.


New Haven Free Public Library

New Haven Reads!

First Book

Read to Grow

Professional Development Opportunities

Articles on early literacy:

Why Books Matter in Early Childhood

A Child Becomes a Reader

Feed Me a Story!

Every Grownup Is a Famous Storyteller

A Wealth of Words