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It's never too soon to introduce your children to the wonderful world of books! You are your child's first teacher.

But sometimes it can be a little tricky.

Here are some resources to help you start your child's journey on the path of literacy.

This program is to encourage parents to develop reading habits before the bundle of joy arrives. Stork storytime puts a focus on the parents and teach them about the importance of early literacy skills, and empower them to feel confident as their child's first teacher. It's never too late to develop a love for books, and it's never too early, either.


This program is to promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers as well as encourage parent-child bonding. Reading to your child at a young age helps them develop language, literacy, and social skills.

It may seem intimidating, but we promise it's not as hard as it seems.

3 books a day for a year =  1,095 books

10 books a week for 2 years =  1,040 books

1 book a day for three years =  1,095 books

By the time your child turns one, they will have accomplished a lot. They can repeat sounds and actions, hand you a book if they want to hear a story, sit, and maybe even stand! Here are some popular books to read aloud to your child:

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Don't worry; the terrible twos don't have to be so terrible! Your child can now play make-believe, talk in simple sentences, and may be able to climb all over your furniture.  Here are some great books to get your child's book collection started:

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Reading aloud is very important at this stage in developing early literacy. Picture books, and books that follow a pattern help children feel involved, build vocabulary and understand emotions.

Now your child is three, and time is flying! Your child wants to explore now that they can carry on simple conversations, play with toys that have moving parts, and may even be able to peddle off on their own tricycle. Here are some books to keep your child walking down the path of literacy.

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At age three, children need to learn and explore their emotions. Picture books can help them associate facial expressions with certain emotions. Parents can watch and listen to their children, helping them learn, understand, and process their emotions through a variety of activities and responsibilities.

At age four, your child loves doing new things. They often get lost in the world of imagination. They can sing songs, tell stories, and are beginning to understand the concept of time. To keep your child reading here are a few good books to help them read:

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Now four, your child is beginning to tap into their creative, independent, and adventurous side. This is the prime age to begin teaching your child empathy. Books help to expose children to other cultures and issues others may be facing across the world. Books can also teach children valuable lessons about self-control, friendships, and telling the truth.

Now your child is five, and kindergarten has begun! Your child is five and now carries conversations, loves to tell stories, and share their ideas. To keep developing healthy reading habits outside of school, here are a few books for your child:

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Kindergarten has begun, and your child is five; they will develop their own interests and may seek out books and activities that fit those interests. It may be helpful for you to show interest, too, providing them with the correct books and fun activities to keep their interest growing. It's also a good idea to provide a variety of books to your child, making sure to have plenty of funny and exciting books amongst the educational ones.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Books are not the only way children learn. Songs, rhymes, and fingerplays also stimulate their mind. Moving their bodies and hands helps them strengthen their motor skills, focus the mind, and help them burn off some of their excess energy.

Can't find the right storytime song? Jbrary has you covered. They have many Youtube playlists that cover a range of topics such as Animals, Fingerplays and Tickles, Movement and Dancing storytime, and even Space storytime.

Need some storytime ideas? Jbrary has some ultimate booklists for you. They have booklists for newborns, toddlers, storytime using puppets and props, and popular books dating back to 2013.

Looking for more songs, rhymes? This list has thousands! Find a song about bears, a rhyme about gloves, or many songs with fun props. This site even offers plenty of songs and rhymes from different countries, in many different languages.

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