Parents, you are your child’s first, and most influential teacher! City’s First Readers has a number of resources to help you build strong literacy skills with your children. It’s much easier than you think, and we give you ideas to make learning fun for the entire family.

Book List
Board books are great for babies and young toddlers. Your child will put books in their mouths, and the thick pages ensure the book will last for many readings. Remember to have fun with books. You don’t always have to read the words. You can talk about the pictures! Try these fun board books which can be found through your local library:

  • Global Babiesby The Global Fund for Children
  • Tap Tap Boom Boomby Elizabeth Bluemle
  • Time for Bedby Mem Fox
  • Peek-A Who?by Nina Laden
  • Tootby Leslie Paricelli
  • Subwayby Anastasia Suen
  • Do Cows Meow? by Salina Yoon
  • Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin, Jr
  • The Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood
  • Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 

Bilingual Baby Books:

  • Besos for Baby: A Little Book of Kissesby Jen Arena
  • Where’s the Baby/¿Donde está el bebé?by Cheryl Christian and Laura Dwight
  • Sweet Dreams/Dulces Sueños by Pat Mora
  • Green Sheep / Donde esta la oveja verde? by Mem Fox
  • A Time For Bed/ ES HORA DE DORMIR by Mom Fox
  • The Napping House /  La Casa Adormecida by Audrey Wood

Fun Activities to Try At Home
Playing, singing, and speaking play an important role in literacy development.

  • Sing to your baby often. The songs you sang as a child are great (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, The Itsy Bitsy Spider, ABCs, The Wheels on the Bus, etc.).
  • When playing with your baby, use toys or objects to talk about colors, sounds, faces, and feelings.
  • Talk to your baby about things as you go through the day (“Let’s put your socks on before we put your shoes.”), and ask questions (“Would you like milk or juice?”).

To find your local library with free access to books and children’s programs click below:
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Reach Out and Read’s Milestones of Early Literacy Development for Babies: English | Spanish

For more information about literacy development at each stage of your child’s growth click here.