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.

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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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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.

When I was five years old I became obsessed with making paper bag puppets. Projects like this may seem wasteful, needlessly messy or overly simple, but there are countless benefits to such open-ended activities:
In 2018, more than 700 participants were registered for the pre-reader program. We at CADL hope to grow this number in the future so that even more of our youngest patrons gain the tools they need to become super readers.
Ask yourself: How do you advocate for literacy in your sphere of influence?

All Raising Reader Blog Posts

Storytimes & Playtimes

Music Storytime (Ages up to 6)

Monday Dec 17, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am South Lansing Children will enjoy singing, instruments, stories and more!   Read More

Kids Reading to Dogs (All ages)

Monday Dec 17, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm Okemos Practice your skills by reading to our specially trained dogs. Read More
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Staff Picks

Jeff A. Recommends

The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish
The Pout Pout Fish is a great holiday picture book that follows the adventure of a fish as he sets out to find the PERFECT gift. It has memorable rhyming phrases, has bright pictures, and ends with a...
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Niccolai T. Recommends

Julián is a Mermaid
Julián sees some beautiful mermaids on the subway and he knows that he is just like them. Abuela finds a way to support his dreams.
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