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Reading Resources for Parents

The years before kindergarten make a huge difference and help predict how successful a child will be in school and beyond. Nearly 2/3 of Toledo’s children are not ready to enter kindergarten. Parents are children’s first teachers. By talking, singing, reading, writing and playing with children every day, parents help ensure kindergarten readiness.

Our Ready to Read program is a parent education initiative designed to help families prepare children (birth-preschool) for kindergarten while providing the information and tools needed to build early literacy skills.

For information or to schedule a REMOTE INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP training session, please email or call 419.259.5253.

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Talking with children helps them learn new words and also stimulates brain development which encourages learning.


Singing - which also includes rhyming - increases children’s ability to hear different sounds within words. This helps prepare children to decode or sound out written words.


Reading together, or shared reading, remains the single most important way to help children become skilled readers.


Writing and reading go together. Writing helps children learn that letters and words stand for sounds and that print has meaning.


Playing is one of the main ways young children learn about the world. Overall knowledge is an important literacy skill that helps children understand books and stories once they begin to read.

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The Library is here to help. Whether you would like more information on talking, singing, reading, writing and playing or to schedule a training session to help with kindergarten readiness, please email or call 419.259.5253.