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Every Child Ready to Read

Early literacy begins at birth before children start school. Parents and/or caregivers are a child's first teachers and are instrumental in promoting reading readiness in children ages birth to 5. Baltimore County Public Library's programs and services can help you fulfill this important role.

 Learn the Basics of Getting Your Child Ready to Read  (2:06)


Watch these short videos highlighting simple early literacy practices to help your young child get ready to read:

Child talking video talking Child and mother singing in a thumbnail Child and mother reading thumbmail. mother and child writing Kids playing thumbnail.   

Nurturing a love of reading beginning in early childhood is one of the library's main objectives. In addition to children's materials and programs, BCPL's early literacy services include:


  • Programs
    Research shows that reading simple stories and playing silly word games are more than play— they provide necessary pre-reading skills. The stories, nursery rhymes, finger plays and songs shared at baby and preschool story times are perfect examples. Parents and caregivers can repeat them again and again to the child's delight. Even though they can't read yet, young children can participate in the special Read-to-Me summer reading program just for ages birth to 5.


  • Baby Boosters Kits
    Baby Boosters Kits, collections of books and resources available for use by parents and child care providers, are housed in easy-to-carry backpacks. Each kit contains up to 10 items for children on a particular theme, including a parent resource guide and a CD or DVD.


  • Early Literacy Resources
    Book lists, developmental tips, guidelines for reading aloud to children, as well as print and online resources for parents and caregivers of young children.


Visit Storyville at the Rosedale and Woodlawn Branches!Learn and Play at Storyville...


Storyville is an interactive early literacy learning center designed specifically for children ages birth to 5and their caregivers.


Located in the Rosedale and Woodlawn branches, Storyville funding was provided by the Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library.


Storyville includes developmentally appropriate books and activities for children ages birth to 5. The environments and activities in Storyville are specifically designed for caregivers to help their young children enter school ready to learn.





Revised: May 5, 2017