Early Literacy

Get Ready for Kindergarten

Get Ready for Kindergarten: Early Literacy

Early literacy is everything a child knows about reading and writing before they can read or write. One of the core skills that comprises early literacy is letter knowledge – knowing that letters are different from each other, knowing letter names and sounds, and recognizing letters everywhere. One easy way to strengthen letter knowledge is by having a child practice writing their name. Use our checklist, programs, booklist, eResources, and websites to help prepare your child with the basic skills and concept standards they need to succeed in Kindergarten.


Six skills to master before starting Kindergarten


Local and online program offerings for Kindergarten Readiness


Ten books to read about early literacy

eResources and Websites

Free, age-appropriate eResources and websites available with your library card



  • I enjoy books and stories.
  • I can use crayons and pencils.
  • I know how to use a book: where to start, how to turn pages, and that the words and pictures tell a story.
  • I know some of the letters of the alphabet.
  • I can write some of the letters in my first name.
  • I know some rhyming words (like pat, hat, cat, and bat).
Kinderreadiness: Early Literacy



Item 1 of 2


eResources & Websites



ABCmouse is an interactive resource for kids ages 2-8.  Find over 8,500 activities for reading, math, science, art, music, & more.


BookFlix pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks to build a love of reading & learning for kids in grades PreK - 3rd.

Kanopy Kids: Books

Enjoy shows and animated books! Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs!, Where the Wild Things Are, & more.
Mom holding baby in the air

Ready Rosie: Early Childhood Learning Tool for Parents

ReadyRosie provides fun, educational activities for parents to foster early literacy skills & school readiness for kids ages 0-6.


Sesame Street eBooks from Overdrive

Read more, learn more, and play more with your favorite characters from Sesame Street. This eBook collection is available via OverDrive.

Watch & Learn Library - Educational Videos for Ages 3-8

The Watch & Learn Library helps teach science and social studies to young learners through nonfiction videos, vocabulary, and quizzes.

Weston Woods: Children's Literature Videos

Explore this online collection that brings children's literature classics and modern favorites to life with interactive videos!


Back to Top