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.

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.
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!

All Raising Reader Blog Posts

Storytimes & Playtimes

Baby Storytime (Ages 0 & up)

Tuesday May 30, 2023 10:30am - 11:30am Downtown Lansing Stories, songs and movement for our youngest readers and their caregivers. Read More

Toddler Storytime (Ages 2 & up)

Tuesday May 30, 2023 10:30am - 11:30am South Lansing Stories, songs and activities for toddlers and their caregivers.  Read More
All Storytimes

Staff Picks

Tom S. Recommends

Lily Leads the Way
Lily, a tiny sailboat, can’t get out of the harbor unless the big lift bridge raises its deck, but she’s so small the bridge doesn’t always recognize her among the enormous lake...
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Liz V. Recommends

Love, Escargot
Delightful tale of Escargot the snail, who's happy to chat about his hats, and how to find a Valentine both mine and thine!
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