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Early Literacy Essentials

What is Early Literacy?

What children know about communication, language, reading and writing BEFORE they can actually read and write 


Why is Early Literacy Important?


  • A Child learns about HALF of everything they learn in a lifetime by age FIVE
  • 90% of brain development occurs during the early childhood years (0-5 years old)
  • Consider: The typical middle class child enters first grade with 1,000 to 1,700 hours of one-to-one picture book reading; a child from a low income family averages just 25 hours of one-to-one picture book reading

              --Research compiled on the website, The Children's Book Bank,


Best Books for Early Learning

NYC Reads 365 Lists: These lists for grades pre-K through 12th present the best books published since 2013 to excite kids about reading!

Pre-K to Second Grade eBooks from the Office of Library Services!


Picture Book Categories

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