It is important to recognize the critical role parents and caregivers play in developing and supporting the pre-reading skills in their young children. Having incentives or ways to acknowledge the adults shows them that we in the public library know and celebrate what they do. Gameboards or “reading logs” for our youngest children should include activities that develop language in addition to booksharing. Language activities include hearing and saying nursery rhymes, singing, activities that encourage talking, and play activities that support language.
Consider putting early literacy tips on your Summer Reading sign up webpage.
Article: Summer Reading and the Potential of the Public Library in Improving Reading for Children of Poverty Public Library Quarterly 2004
Tips to Encourage Parents to Sign Up Babies and Toddlers
PDF (Pamela Martin-Diaz, Allen County (IN) Public Library)
Activities/Ideas for Summer Reading Programs for
Growing Like a Read Activity Logs that can be used as model for reading program, Pioneer (OK) Library System, click on menu at right
Grow a Reader bookmark Pioneer (OK) Library System
Wee Reader's Reading Log (Boone Co. PL, KY)
Naperville (IL) Public Library (0-3 years, 2 pages)