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Raising Readers

If as a child you loved to read , you want your child to love reading as well.  If as a child you struggled with reading you don't want your child to have to go through that same struggle.

The love for and of reading starts early.
It starts with Early Literacy.

What is early literacy?
Early Literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Research shows that children get ready to read years before they start school. Early literacy is a baby who chews on a book, a toddler who wants his favorite book read over and over, and a preschooler who "reads" the story to you from memory.

Parents and caregivers who read to infants and young children are well on their way to raising readers. Recent research has shown that these early reading and language experiences help children in building the important 6 early literacy skills; letter knowledge, print awareness, print motivation, vocabulary, narrative skills and phonological awareness.  In addition, children who are read to regularly are more likely to succeed when they learn to read in school. Plus reading with your child as an infant helps to create a life long bond between the two of you.

The library uses the Ready to Read program to help parents read with their children. This program is divided into 3 age groups and gives information and ideas on how to raise your own Readers.

Babies  Birth to Two Years Old
Toddlers  Two and Three Year Olds
Preschoolers  Four and Five Year Olds

At McMinnville Public Library we are dedicated to helping you raise your own readers.  Let us know how we can help you and your child love reading!



6 Early Literacy Skills

Print Motivation
Print motivation is the interest in and enjoyment of books.


Vocabulary, knowing the names of things, is an extremely important skill for children to have.

Print Awareness

Print Awareness includes learning that words are read left to right, that a book has a front, middle and back.

Narrative Skills

This is the ability to describe things and events, and to tell stories.

Phonological Awareness

Phonological Awareness is the ability to hear and manipulate the smaller sounds in words.

Letter Knowledge

Letter knowledge is knowing that letters have different names and sounds, and that they are different from one another.