Reading with children is the single most important way to help them get ready to read. It develops vocabulary and comprehension, and helps children learn the meaning of less common words.


  • Create a special space for your child to look at books. A comfortable chair or pillows and a small shelf or basket are all that are needed.
  • Keep a list of your favorite library books and authors.
  • Look for books related to your child's interests.


  • Read an alphabet book.
  • Rhyme words in a book.
  • Point to the words in the title and repeated phrases in a book as you read them.

How the Library Can Help

CADL has books for you to take home and read together. Here are some books about reading and stories.

I Broke My Trunk by Mo Willems

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty

How Rocket Learned to Read  by Tad Hills

Z is for Moose by Kelly L. Bingham

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