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


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

CADL Tales

Tune in for CADL Tales, 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.

Discover titles by authors with deep Greater Lansing roots.
Join us for our Summer Reading Challenge.
Tom and Sherri join Mari to discuss children’s picks and March is Reading Month.
Mari is joined at the mic by special guest Lynn Harper, Branch Head at CADL Dansville, to take a look back at the titles they're excited about.
Our expert staff voted on their favorite books published in 2022.

All Raising Reader Blog Posts

Storytimes & Playtimes

Family Storytime (Ages up to 6)

Wednesday Feb 28, 2024 10:30am - 11:00am Stockbridge Come join us for stories, songs, crafts and activities to help build early literacy skills.  Read More

Toddler Storytime (Ages 2 & up)

Wednesday Feb 28, 2024 10:30am - 11:30am Downtown Lansing Stories, songs and activities for toddlers and their caregivers.  Read More
All Storytimes

Staff Picks

Tina G. Recommends

Good Different
This book truly helped me understand what it feels like to be on the autism spectrum. The difficulties and the joys. I taught for 30 years and was blessed with many children on the autism spectrum, I...
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Christine M. Recommends

The Marvellers
I love New Orleans, other cultures, and fantasy novels.  This book took me to a whole new place: a world where there is a whole group of people who can do magic specific to their cultures, and...
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