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.

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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.

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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.

These new titles bring a fresh viewpoint to both historic events and contemporary life.
Celebrate March is Reading Month with some of our favorite children's titles!
Celebrate with great titles in Chinese and English.

All Raising Reader Blog Posts

Storytimes & Playtimes

Preschool Storytime (Ages 3.5 & up)

Tuesday Oct 4, 2022 10:30am - 11:00am Okemos Join Mr. Tom every Tuesday for songs, stories and movement for toddlers and their caregivers. Read More

Toddler Storytime (Ages 2 & up)

Tuesday Oct 4, 2022 10:30am - 11:30am South Lansing Stories, songs and activities for toddlers and their caregivers.  Read More
All Storytimes

Staff Picks

Ramona B.P. Recommends

The Little Red Fort
Meet Ruby and her brothers. Ruby finds some very interesting things and quickly decides what she will do with them. Find out what happens when her brothers come into the picture. There is a familiar...
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She Was The First: The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm
Here is a wonderful, readable, picture book-sized biography of Shirley Chisholm, who worked hard for Blacks and for all Americans denied a voice in public affairs.  This book is aimed at children...
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