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.

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

Early Literacy Workshop on Talking and Reading

Early Literacy Workshop on Playing and Singing

Early Literacy Workshop on Writing

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.