For Grown-ups

What Can You Do to Help Build Literacy Skills for your child? 

  • Talk, Read, Play, Sing, Draw, Write. Have fun!
  • Read books you both like.
  • Stop (or shift gears) when it is no longer fun. Length of time is not important; enjoyment is!
  • Tell family stories!
  • Read a lot of books.

Literacy Tip of the Month

Read early and read often. The early years are critical to developing a lifelong love of reading. It's never too early to begin reading to your child!  Reading Rockets is a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. Their goal is to bring the reading research to life — to spread the word about reading instruction and to present "what works" in a way that parents and educators can understand and use.   The website is

Parenting Resources

Online Resources by Subject
Information for Students and Teachers
Novelist K to 8: For readers. Recommended reads lists and more.
Common Core State Standards Initiative
Wisconsin's Digital Library Look for ebooks. Meet LIBBY, an easy way to borrow and read from your library.
Lexile Framework for Reading

What is Early Literacy? 

More resources are available here.




  • The family storytelling handbook : how to use stories, anecdotes, rhymes, handkerchiefs, paper, and other objects to enrich your family traditions by Pellowski, Anne; Sweat, Lynn.
  • Playing with Stories: Story Crafting for Storytellers, Writers, Teachers and Other Imaginative Thinkers by Kevin Cordi.
  • The parent's guide to storytelling : how to make up new stories and retell old favorites by MacDonald, Margaret Read. 
  • Scrapbook storytelling : save family stories and memories with photos, journaling and your own creativity by Campbell-Slan, Joanna.
  • Telling your story by Apps, Jerold W.
  • Awakening the hidden storyteller : how to build a storytelling tradition in your family by Moore, Robin.
  • Mothers, tell your daughters : stories by Campbell, Bonnie Jo.
  • Telling Your Own Stories by Davis, Donald.
  • The art of storytelling from parents to professionals / [sound recording] :
    by Harvey, Hannah Blevins.

Talk of the Town | Karen Wendt | South Central Library System | 11/1/16




Learning to read begins at birth. Parents, caregivers and librarians can reinforce and help grow brain connections through five practices that will help a child develop the foundation needed to read. Practiced regularly, these activities will help a child develop the six early literacy skills and be prepared to learn to read. Read, Write, Talk, Sing, Play. To learn more, click here.