Early Childhood Literacy – Not Just for Kids

It’s been a busy I Love To Read Month here at Winnipeg Public Library.  A highlight was the steady stream of children and their families who helped us celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day on February 6th. On that one day we issued over 500 of our newly-designed children’s library cards, nearly 900 of you took in one of the many concerts or puppet shows we had on offer, in addition to the hundreds smiling faces that participated at activity stations (hello photo booths!) we had set up at all 20 library branches.  Thank you for joining us – we had a blast!

Then on February 9th the Millennium Library officially opened a very special travelling exhibit of wordless picture books presented by IBBY ItaliaSilent Books: Final Destination LampedusaThe exhibit runs in the Children’s and Teen area from February 9 to March 12.  And of course, throughout the month we’ve continued to offer our suite of quality early and family literacy programming.  To find out about upcoming programs visit your local branch’s page or check out our programming calendar for dates across the library system.

When we talk to the community about the importance of developing early literacy skills we often share picture books that we think are just great, but parents and caregivers we’ve got titles for you too. The books below are a snapshot from our collection of materials to help adults support children’s growth as curious, confident and motivated readers.

whatWhat Children Need to Learn to Read: The complete parent’s guide to ensuring literacy, a love of reading, and school readiness



whenWhat To Read When: The books and stories to read with your child and all the best times to read them



bornBorn Reading: Bringing up bookworms in a digital age – from picture books to ebooks and everything in between



sharedShared Storybook Reading: Building young children’s language & emergent literacy skills



raisingRaising Kids Who Read: What parents and teachers can do




For even more suggestions, or for help searching for the latest early literacy research on our EBSCO database, visit or phone your local branch or submit a question to our Ask Us! service. For more information about early childhood literacy, see our Early Literacy guide.


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