Encouraging Literacy Development in Infants and Toddlers

About this resource
Reviewed: 2017

IEL Resource(s)

Online Resource(s)

13 Things Babies Learn When We Read with Them
This article from the National Association for the Education of Young Children  lists some specific ways babies benefit when adults read to them.

Early Literacy
This page on the Zero to Three website has links to several videos demonstrating ways babies and parents communicate in ways that encourage language development during the first year of life.

Shining Stars: Toddlers Get Ready to Read
This booklet from the National Institute for Literacy suggests ways parents can help their toddlers learn to read. It includes a checklist for parents of toddlers.

Books Build Connections Toolkit
Find tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics for sharing books with young children and selecting books for your program.

Talk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day!
Made specifically for families, caregivers and early educators, these resources from the U.S. Department of Education 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 Resource(s)

What Do We Mean by Reading Readiness?
Nikki Darling-Kuria
Young Children, 2012