Early Literacy Resources


Every Child Ready to Read Cards
Every Child Ready
Helpful early literacy cards created by the Library of Virginia.
Every Child Ready to Read Reading Tips
Every Child Ready
Learn how to take a Book Picture Walk and find ways to share books with your child.

Grant County Brighter Future Council
Brighter Future
This site will provide you with resources, programs, and ideas specifically geared for the birth-to-five-year-old population and their families.

The Handwashing Song
Handwashing
A helpful song from Jbrary about washing your hands properly.

Imagination Library: Goodnight With Dolly
Imagination Library
Parton will read a book from the Imagination Library every Thursday night at 7 p.m. EST for 10 weeks. The series, adorably called “Goodnight With Dolly,” will feature beloved books like “Llama Llama Red Pajama” by Anna Dewdney, “There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake” by Loren Long, and even two of Parton’s own children books, “I Am a Rainbow” and “Coat of Many Colors.” If you would like more information about Imagination Library, please contact the library.

MyPre-K
My Pre-K
MyPre-K is designed to connect you to lots of great resources in your community that can help prepare your son or daughter for school.

National Geographic Young Explorer
Young Explorer
Listen to and read issues of National Geographic magazines for children. Also includes resources for teachers.




Scholastic Magazines
Scholastic
Daily curriculum for learning from home.


Starfall
Starfall
"Starfall Education Foundation is a publicly supported nonprofit organization, 501(c)(3). We create free and low-cost experiences whereby children can successfully learn through exploration. On the Starfall website and in Starfall classrooms, children have fun while learning in an environment of collaboration, wonderment, and play. We teach through positive reinforcement to ensure children become confident, intrinsically motivated, and successful."

Storyline Online
Storyline Online
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.

Story Time From Space
Story Time From Space
“What you cannot imagine, you cannot do” Now imagine Astronauts on the Space Station reading stories to and conducting science experiments for the children of Earth as the world rotates below. Imagine no more…it’s Story Time from Space!

Storytime Readings

Until further notice, in place of in-person storytimes, we will be posting two book readings and two songs each Tuesday at 11 am. Five activities will be suggested for each book, one for each of the Every Child Ready to Read practices (read, write, sing, talk and play). The activities have been selected with the thought of using items you already have at home during this trying time. Please feel free to adjust activities to suit your child as needed. We hope you have fun and enjoy.


Every Child Ready to Read activities:

Read: Mouse Paint by Ellen Walsh.

Write: Give kids one each of red, yellow, blue, green, orange, and purple crayons to draw and color with.

Sing: Hickory Dickory Dock. Sing along with Miss Geneva!

Talk: Talk to your child about the colors of things to hlep them learn their colors.

Play: Freeze red, yellow, and blue ice cubes with popsicle sticks for your child to paint with.


Every Child Ready to Read activities:

Read: Big Bug Surprise by Julia Gran.

Write: Draw a few simple bug shapes with circles and lines and let your child try to draw their own and color them.

Sing: Baby Bumblebee Sing along with Miss Geneva!

Talk: Talk to your child about an item to model a “show and tell”. Let your child do a “show and tell” with one of their favorite toys.

Play: Let your child play outside and see what bugs you and your child can find.


Every Child Ready to Read activities:

Read: While the World is Sleeping by Pamela Duncan Edwards.

Write: Have your child draw you a picture of their dream and have them tell you about it.

Sing: There Was a Wise Old Owl. Sing along with Miss Geneva!

Talk: Talk to your child about what “nocturnal” means (animals that are awake at night and sleep during the day).

Play: Hide some of your child’s stuffed animals around the house so your child can find them. You can do this in the evening with few lights on and let your child have a flashlight to spot their stuffed animals.


Every Child Ready to Read activities:

Read: A Home on the Savanna by Susan Labella.

Write: Let your child draw the savanna during the rainy season (very green with some watering holes) and during the dry season (browns with very few green trees). Ask them to tell you about their pictures.

Sing: The African Elephant. Sing along with Miss Geneva!

Talk: Take a walk and talk to your child about the different habitats you may see where you live (eg. pond, river, forest, park, your backyard, etc.).

Play: Let your child create their own “habitat” outside using found items in nature.


Every Child Ready to Read activities:

Read: Not All Princesses Dress in Pink by Jane Yolan and Heidi E. Y. Stemple.

Write: Help your child build finger muscles and hand eye coordination to prepare them for writing by letting them build a castle out of blocks, marshmallows, Legos, etc.

Sing: I'm a Little Princess. Sing along with Miss Geneva!

Talk: Talk to your little prince or princess about what it takes to make a good prince or princess (courage, kindness, intelligence, compassion, manners, etc.).

Play: Pull out the play clothes or some fun dress-up clothes and let your child play dress up.


Every Child Ready to Read activities:

Read: Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman.

Write: Show your child how to draw short dashed lines (---) and an X so they can create their own treasure map.

Sing: Ten Little Pirates. Sing along with Miss Geneva!

Talk: Have some fun talking with your child like a pirate. Some pirate words you can say: “ar”, “ahoy matey” means hello, “land lubber”, “shiver me timbers” means shock or disbelief, “heave-ho” chanted when doing strenuous work. For extra fun, say “ar” rhyming words with your child and point words out that have “a” “r” in them.

Play: Make a pirate telescope out of a paper towel or toilet paper tube and have your child find a “hidden treasure” or walk a “plank” that you created, make a pirate sword from cardboard and let them fight an “evil” stuffed animal, etc.


Every Child Ready to Read activities:

Read: Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas.

Write: Strengthen your child’s fingers for writing by letting them make “dust bunnies” with playdough. Don’t have playdough? Click here for an easy recipe.

Sing: Hop Like a Bunny. Sing along with Miss Geneva!

Talk: Talk with your child about rhyming words. What rhymes with man? bag? lip? hop? It is acceptable for young children to say made-up words that rhyme (e.g. fin, din).

Play: Children love to help. If you have extra yarn or an old t-shirt, cut them up to make your child a fun duster and let them help you dust up “dust bunnies”.


Every Child Ready to Read activities:

Read: Wee Little Chick by Lauren Thompson.

Write: Pour a little corn meal in a pan and let your child write and draw. Scissor skills are important for you child in school and it builds muscles in the hands. Let your child make their own “hay” by cutting paper into thin strips.

Sing: Five Little Chicks. Sing along with Miss Geneva!

Talk: Make some fun animal noises with your child. What sound does a chick, a goat, a pig, a goose, a cow, and a hen make? What other animal noises can you make?

Play: Take your plastic Easter eggs apart, mix the colors up, and let your child put the colors back together. You could also hide small items in the eggs and let you child listen to them and guess what is inside.


Every Child Ready to Read activities:

Read: Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson.

Write: While your child pretends to be a veterinarian, let them “write” up what is wrong with the stuffed animals and “write” them a prescription.

Sing: I've Got a Cold. Sing along with Miss Geneva! Also watch "The Handwashing Song" from Jbrary.

Talk: Talk to your child about how important it is to wash their hands. Ask them why and when they think they should wash their hands.

Play: Play veterinarian. Let your child take care of their stuffed animals.


Every Child Ready to Read activities:

Read: Clifford Visits the Hospital by Norman Bridwell.

Write: Help children make cards for those in the hospital or in senior living facilities.

Sing: Cough and Sneeze. Sing along with Miss Geneva! Also watch "The Handwashing Song" from Jbrary.

Talk: Talk to your child about how a hospital is a place to help people feel better. Ask your child about the last time they were at the hospital or doctor’s office. How did they feel? What would make them feel better?

Play: Dramatic play- let your child dress up in a large white button-up shirt, give them reusable bandages (or cut up material as bandages) and let them take care of their dolls or stuffed animals.


Every Child Ready to Read activities:

Read: Who Has These Feet? by Laura Hulbert.

Write: Let your child trace around their feet and cut them out. Let them color and decorate the feet any way they want. You will need at least ten feet (five pairs) for the play activity below. You can even write words or draw symbols on them for the activity below such as twirl, hop, etc.

Sing: Two Feet. Sing along with Miss Geneva!

Talk: Teach your child their right from their left. Play games by saying “hold up your left foot”. Let your child take turns too. Include eyes, ears, hands, arms, legs, etc. Explain to your child about being opposite if you are facing them.

Play: Use the feet that your child traced and decorated and tape them to the floor close together. Have your child walk on the path of the feet, and if you wrote or drew symbols on them they do the action while on the foot path.


Every Child Ready to Read activities:

Read: Whose Shoe? by Eve Bunting.

Write: Lacing is an excellent prewriting activity. Let your child lace their shoes with fun yarn, string, or ribbon.

Sing: Everybody Knows. Sing along with Miss Geneva!

Talk: Talk to your child about the purpose of shoes. Talk about different colors, styles, designs, etc. Which ones are your favorite and why?

Play: Let your child gather up shoes from around the house and have a shoe sale. They need to price the shoes (writing) and the shoes need to look nice and neat. In order to do that, help your child order the shoes from smallest to largest. Most importantly, teach your child how to tie their shoes.


Every Child Ready to Read activities:

Read: Two Little Monkeys by Mem Fox.

Write: Draw a simple picture of a tree and a monkey. Let your child lay small cereal pieces on the outline of your drawing. This promotes fine motor, pre-writing skills.

Sing: Monkey See, Monkey Do. Sing along with Miss Geneva!

Talk: Talk to your child about rhyming words. What words rhyme with tree (bee, see, flee or flea), leap (reap, seep, beep).

Play: Play a game of “Monkey Says” (like Simon Says). You can act like you are climbing a tree, make monkey sounds, scratch your head, etc. Take turns with your child and let them be the monkey that says what to do.


Every Child Ready to Read activities:

Read: Wild About Us! by Karen Beaumont.

Write: Spread some shaving cream or whipped cream onto a tray and let your child draw animals.

Sing: I Went to the Jungle One Day. Sing along with Miss Geneva!

Talk: Ask your child what their favorite animal is and why. Ask your child what their favorite part about themselves is and why. Share your favorites with your child.

Play: Act like an animal. Call out an animal and have your child act out one thing about that animal (e.g. kangaroo-jump, turtle-walk slow, cheetah-run fast, etc.).


Every Child Ready to Read activities:

Read: Get Happy by Malachy Doyle.

Write: Help your child draw a few circles on a piece of paper to make into faces. Ask your child to draw on some happy and sad faces and tell you about them.

Sing: The More We Get Together (in ASL) Sing along with Miss Geneva!

Talk: Talk to your child about what makes them happy. What choices can they make to help stay happy and to make others happy?

Play: Play a game of More and Less. Take some cereal, legos, or other small item and place some in front of you and some in front of your child (a noticeable difference for example you have one and your child has 10). Ask your child who has more and who has less. Repeat with different amounts.


Every Child Ready to Read activities:

Read: The Pig of Happiness by Edward Monkton.

Write: Help your child draw simple shapes. Some simple shapes in the book were a square drawn, a circle sun, a heart, a butterfly, simple flowers, etc.

Sing: If You're Happy and You Know It Sing along with Miss Geneva!

Talk: Talk to your child about simple things they can do to cheer people up.

Play: Turn on some music while your child is playing. Sing and dance with your child. Dancing improves your mood.