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.  

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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.

Celebrate with great titles in Chinese and English.
We compiled a list of titles and resources for those with print challenges.

All Raising Reader Blog Posts

Storytimes & Playtimes

CADL Tales Live! Storytime (Ages up to 6)

Monday Jan 24, 2022 7:00pm - 7:30pm
All Locations
Join CADL staff on our Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. every Monday for live stories and songs to entertain the little ones, geared for ages up to six. See some of your favorite CADL storytime team members! This is a public page; you do not need a Facebook account to view it. 
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Baby Storytime (Ages up to 3)

Tuesday Jan 25, 2022 10:30am - 11:30am Downtown Lansing Stories, songs and movement for our youngest readers and their caregivers, held every week on Tuesdays.  Read More
All Storytimes

Staff Picks

Sam W. Recommends

Ophie's Ghosts
This was my first Justina Ireland book, and it did not disappoint. I was moved to tears both within the first couple of pages, and the story’s conclusion. The story follows a young girl, Ophie,...
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Annie G. Recommends

Prairie Lotus
Park tells the story of Hanna, a young girl in the 1880s, who is the daughter of a Chinese mother and a white father. Hanna and her father move to the Dakota Territory and this is the story of how...
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