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Encouraging Literacy Development in Infants and Toddlers

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  • Talk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day! About 
    Made specifically for families, caregivers and early educators, these resources can help enrich a child's early language experiences by providing research-based tips for talking, reading, and singing with young children every day beginning from birth.

Additional Resources

  • What Do We Mean by Reading Readiness?
    Author: Nikki Darling-Kuria
    Publication Date: January 2012
    Source: Young Children, v67 n1, pp. 54–55
    Sometimes parents are tempted to encourage their toddlers to read by using advertised commercial products and DVDs. In this article, the author points out the need for a child to have strong foundational skills that come before formal reading.
  • Using Stories Effectively with Infants and Toddlers
    Authors: Jennifer Birckmayer, Anne Kennedy, and Anne  Stonehouse
    Publication Date: January 2009
    Source: Young Children, v64 n 1, pp. 42–47
    The authors offer suggestions for sharing stories with very young children. They recommend keeping groups small, expressing pleasure and enthusiasm, and using props.
  • Babies Boost Skills by Taking Advantage of Rhythm and Rhyme
    Author: Alice Sterling Honig
    Publication Date: 2006
    Source: Early Childhood Today, v21 n2, p. 18
    This article suggests using rhythm and rhyme to boost brain activity and early literacy in babies. Rhyming words help catch a toddler’s or infant’s attention.
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