Early Literacy Resources

This list of early literacy resources focuses on skills children need in order to be ready to learn to read and write. These resources are primarily for preschool children.  Many early literacy skills continue into the primary grades and if you are looking for information on beginning readers and how to help them succeed in reading, please visit our Beginning Readers page.

General Early Literacy Research & Standards
Every Child Ready to Read Early Literacy Skills
Every Child Ready to Read Early Literacy Practices
Every Child Ready to Read Skills and Practices Support Each Other
Headstart Early Learning Outcomes Framework
NAEYC Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Young Children Position Statement – what parents can do section at bottom.
PA Early Learning Standards
Parent Literacy Handbook (TX)
Renaissance Focus Skills for Pre-K/PA
Saroj Ghoting’s Website

Alphabet Knowledge & Alphabetic Principle
Alphabetic Principle – Reading Rockets
How Parents and Families Support Alphabetic Knowledge (PDF)

Babies Need Words Everyday
Zero to Three: Language and Literacy

Phonological Awareness
Development of Phonological Skills (includes age level graph)
How Parents and Families Support Phonological Awareness

Family Reading Month Information and Activities (KSLA)
20 Maneras de Criar un Bebe Lector
20 Ways to Raise a Book-Smart Baby
Books Build Connections Toolkit - AAP
Print Referencing (PDF)
Ten Read Aloud Commandments – Mem Fox

For Teachers & Librarians
Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy
Let’s Talk, Read and Sing About STEM!
Nell Duke – Promoting DAP in Literacy Webinar:

What Effective Pre-K Literacy Instruction Looks Like

View Library Classes & Events

Tue Sep 27

Tue Sep 27

(All day)
Ridley Township Public Library & Resource Center
Want to save money on costumes this Halloween? Donate your child's outgrown costumes and find...
(All day)
Upper Darby Township/Sellers Library – Sellers Memorial Branch
Available in the Children's Library.  Free craft kits for Preschool - 2nd grade and Grades 3 - 5. ...
(All day)
Radnor Memorial Library
September 26 - October 17 Peter Rabbit Storytime Room - No registration required Baby, Toddler, and...
(All day)
Marple Public Library
September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month! Kids up to age 12 who register for a new library...