Handouts on Early Literacy
Every Child Ready to Read® Brochure in Spanish Brochure in English: Brightly colored bookmark for parents on ways to support children's early literacy development. Encourages positive relationships as a basis for language growth.
- 7 Super Things Parents & Caregivers Can Do Bookmark from Early Head Start Task Force and U.S. Departments of Education and Health & Human Services.
- Get Ready to Read Activity Cards (3-5 year olds)
- Ten Great Reasons to Read Aloud to Children Family Reading Partnership (downloadable bookmark)
- Reading Tips for Parents of Preschoolers Reading Rockets
Read to Me Resources
Idaho Commission for Libraries: Six skills bilingual and activity sheets for each skill and more!
The Bookworm from the Idaho Commission for Libraries
Monthly early literacy newsletter for parents of children newborn through age five. Can be used as handouts at storytimes. Each two-page handout includes early literacy skill information, book recommendations, activities to do at home, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, resources.
Information on Early Literacy
Early Literacy and You: An Overview of Early Literacy
Summarizes early literacy skills and practices and how they relate to later reading.
Colorín Colorado - Early Literacy
A bilingual website for families and educators of English language learners.
Help Your Children Learn to Read Colorin Colorado
Learning to Read and Write
From Guía Del Niño offers Spanish-speaking parents information for teaching their children to read and write. Writing games as well are articles describing various methods of learning to read are available.
Connections and Commitments: A Latino-based Framework for Early Childhood Educators (2002)
Presents four values in the Latino culture: family, belonging, education, and commitment. This framework, which can be modified for libraries, discusses each of these values and how it relates to an early childcare program. Available for free.
Developmental Milestones for Early Literacy
Reading Tips for Parents
La Pata Pita is a book that many Spanish speaking parents used to learn to read in Spanish, a good place to start when talking about words and word sounds. Sample pages
Did you know that about 40% of English words have a related word in Spanish? Cognates are words that are the same or similar in spelling and/or pronunciation between two languages. Learning to recognize cognates is a great way to help English language learners expand their vocabularies.
List of cognates in English and Spanish
Watch out for false cognates.
Aids for Library Programming
¡Es divertido hablar dos idiomas! blog by Katie Cunningham
A place to share books, music, techniques and all things related to bilingual storytime.
Early Literacy Poster: Early Literacy Begins with You
Children's Rhymes and Fingerplays in Spanish
Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy
Washington County (Oregon) Cooperative Library Services: Diversión con juegos de mano
Videos in Spanish on reading, talking, listening, science, visiting the library.