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Learn About the 5 Early Literacy Practices

Children learn about language through different kinds of play. When they play "store" or pretend to be an animal, they practice putting thoughts into words.


  • Play is a good way to develop background knowledge through role playing different situations. Try playing restaurant, doctor's office, school, car repair shop, or library.
  • Provide toys that can represent the characters in a favorite book to act out or extend the story.
  • Playing with blocks is great for early literacy! There are so many ways to sort, categorize, and pretend.


  • Play "I Spy."
  • Play with words: tell jokes and riddles.
  • Use stuffed animals to tell a story. 

How the library can help:

CADL has places to play and learn. We offer storytimes and other events just right for early learners.

Here are some books that encourage imaginative play.

Can You Make a Scary Face by Jan Thomas

It's a Tiger by David LaRochelle

Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

Wiggle by Doreen Cronin

Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea

Press Here by Herve Tullet 

Adapted from Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library, 2nd Edition

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