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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Early Learning Calendar

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

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

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Raising Reader Backpacks

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

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Blog Posts

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

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.
What makes beginners books so different? Our Youth Services Librarian is here to answer.
This deal is way too good to let it go!
Host Mari Garza interviews Sandra Centeno, a library clerk at CADL South Lansing and the storyteller behind the Bilingual Storytime programs. Get a sneak peek into one of the newest storytime programs and learn what makes storytime at the library so special.
Did you know we have two different types of Kids CADL Cards? Find out more about both and discover if this is the year to get your child their own card.

All Raising Reader Blog Posts

Storytimes & Playtimes

Queer Family Storytime (Ages up to 6)

Wednesday May 6, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am South Lansing Come for a storytime featuring stories by and about LGBTQ families. All families welcome for a storytime full of love, respect and understanding.. Read More

Preschool Storytime (Ages 3-6)

Thursday May 7, 2020 11:15am - 12:00pm Leslie Engaging stories, songs and activities to help children build early literacy skills Read More
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Staff Picks

Lindsay A. Recommends

Funny You Don't Look Autistic:
My favorite thing about this title: it's sneakily instructional. The author is a naturally hilarious storyteller, so we as readers get a super entertaining look at what life is like for someone on...
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Mari G. Recommends

Stef Soto, Taco Queen
It is tempting to think Tía Perla is Estefania (Stef) Soto’s auntie, but she is really the family taco truck.  Stef is mortified each time her Papi shows up in the school parking lot...
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