Overview

Early Learning Tips for Parents

Research shows one-on-one interaction between parent and child is critical for early learning. You can help your child develop important literacy and pre-reading skills. Five simple practices that help your child get ready to read are: ReadingWritingTalking, Singing, and Playing. Attending storytime helps children develop imagination, comprehension and attention skills.  

Explore the 5 Practices

Preschool Learning Tools

Practicing preschool skills can be both educational and fun. Explore our online learning tools together.

Go to Preschool Learning Tools

StoryWalks

Not all reading happens on couches. Walk (and jump and run) and read at a CADL StoryWalk.

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Early Learning Calendar

Print a calendar with daily activities that prepare children for success in kindergarten.

Get the Calendar 

Raising Reader Backpacks

Backpacks filled with books, toys, music CDs and DVDs on a kid-friendly theme.

Browse the Backpacks

CADLtales

Tune in for CADLtales, a show that features CADL librarians reading stories and sharing activities.

Watch CADLtales

 

Raising Reader iPads

Check out the full list of educational apps that we provide on our in-branch iPads!

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Blog Posts

CADL youth librarians are your partner in developing your child's love of reading.

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These titles from RBdigital speak volumes.
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Capital Area District Libraries is on a quest to get Ingham County reading this summer—especially kids. The Summer Reading Challenge is a free reading project for all ages that runs from May 22 to August 8.
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Each year CADL celebrates March is Reading Month by partnering with the Early Childhood Literacy Coalition, welcoming storybook characters at our branch libraries and area childhood centers.
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What makes beginners books so different? Our Youth Services Librarian is here to answer.
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This deal is way too good to let it go!

All Raising Reader Blog Posts

Storytimes & Playtimes

Family Storytime to Go! (Ages up to 6)

Monday Jul 6, 2020 10:00am - 7:00pm South Lansing Do your own storytime at home! Stop by CADL South Lansing during our open hours to pick up a kit with fingerplays, rhymes, activities, and book and music suggestions. New kits will be available every Monday and available through the week while supplies last.  Read More

Family Storytime to Go! (Ages up to 6)

Monday Jul 6, 2020 10:00am - 7:00pm Downtown Lansing Do your own storytime at home! Stop by CADL Downtown Lansing during our open hours to pick up a kit with fingerplays, rhymes, activities, and book and music suggestions. New kits will be available every Monday and available through the week while supplies last.  Read More
All Storytimes

Staff Picks

Tom S. Recommends

Paul Writes (A Letter)
Chris Raschka is known for taking complex subjects and turning them into evocative picture books for people of all ages.  American place names, jazz music and musicians, stranger danger, and...
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Cassie V. Recommends

I am a Tiger!
Mouse believes he is a tiger, and he cleverly convinces all of the other animals he is one too; then a real tiger comes along! A fun book that illustrates the power of great...
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