Multnomah County Library offers materials that affirm the importance of parents reading with their infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Download this order form, fill it out and mail it to the library for any of the items below.
Eensy Weensy Rhyme Book: Rhymes are a fun way to learn about the sounds that make up words and help develop early literacy skills. Share the most popular rhymes with this easy-to-use format that is inexpensive to purchase for give-aways. The Eensy Weensy Rhyme Book has 19 fun and familiar rhymes on sturdy pages that easily lay flat for instruction.
El Pequeno Libro de Rimas: Our Spanish rhyme book features 17 rhymes on sturdy pages. El Pequeno Libro de Rimas is not a Spanish translation of our Eensy Weensy Rhyme Book, but a collection of traditional poems, rhymes, and songs in Spanish.
Help Your Child Get Ready to Read: Children who enter school with early literacy skills are better able to benefit from the reading instruction they receive once they enter school. The National Research Council recommends that children enter school with 6 specific early literacy skills that serve as the foundation for learning to read and write. The "Help Your Child Get Ready to Read" poster outlines these important skills. Posters measure 24 inches x 36 inches. Mini posters (8 1/2 inches x 11 inches) are also available, and come in packages of 50. Both posters and mini posters are available in Spanish.
Born to Succeed: Young parents share their experiences of reading with their infants and toddlers, describing how it strengthens their relationship and builds literacy development. Unscripted and unstaged, their personal stories provide a powerful and poignant message to young parents. Educators, librarians, and new parents alike will find Born to Succeed inspirational and practical.
"When you start young, it gets them to enjoy it. If you wait until they're older, if it's not something they are used to, they don't want to do it." - 18-year-old father
"I think it's very important that there's a bond between a mother and a child. You do that by reading and playing with him." - 17-year-old mother
- Running time: 12 minutes
La Llave del Exito: It is never too early to begin reading to children. For these young parents, the key to success in life is through reading. Like the companion video, Born to Succeed, this video provides a powerful message to young parents. In Spanish, with no subtitles, La Llave del Éxito illustrates the importance of passing on stories, books and songs from generation to generation.
"Her future depends a lot on me and her father." - 20-year-old mother
"Grandparents tell stories of their life or stories about kingdoms. They tell you, then you let your imagination go as the child you are." - 22-year-old father
"I'm going to teach him what books are about. Since I didn't have the opportunity, I want him to have one." ("Voy a enseñarle lo que son los libros. Ya que yo no tuve la oportunidad, quiero que mi hijo la tenga.") - 17-year-old mother
- Spanish, no subtitles
- Running time: 10 minutes
- Translated transcript included
Success Starts with Reading: This early literacy message from parents to parents shows ways to foster children's early literacy skills and prepare them for reading. Parents make the most of reading time by encouraging children to participate in the story, asking questions and talking about the pictures. Talking, singing, reading and rhyming all lead to reading!
The more experiences your child has with language, with pictures, with interaction while reading a story, the more connections are being made in your child's brain." -Early Literacy Educator and mother of two
"If you share books with your children every day, they will become lifetime readers. Lifetime readers are successful kids." -Rosemary Wells, children's book author and illustrator
- Running time: 15 minutes
Storytime: Not Just For Kids Anymore: Library storytime is the perfect opportunity to foster children's early literacy skills, and to present early literacy information to families. Based on research from the American Library Association's Every Child Ready to Read @ your library® training program, this DVD defines the six early literacy skills that children need before they enter school and shows portions of 10 library storytimes infused with early literacy fun for children, and early literacy information for their families. The DVD includes a guide with suggested activities and discussion questions that will deepen the storytime presenter's understanding of incorporating early literacy concepts in storytime.
- DVD and discussion guide
- Running time: 30 minutes