early literacy

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

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Accept the challenge to read 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. Pick up a packet at any MCDL location.

This fun and exciting program helps guide your child on the path to success. Spend time reading with your child. Have fun while developing early literacy skills and practice counting your growing list of books!

Sign up for storytimes or attend library events to make the trek to 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and count those books, too!

If you read one book each night, you will read 365 books in one year! Reading books over and over again counts each time AND helps your child build on language skills.

Redeem each completed list of 100 books for a small prize at your library, or show us your app activity. Apps available here: iPhone app   Google Play

Early Literacy Kits

Early Literacy Kits

Share the joys of life-long reading and learning with children with MCDL's Early Literacy Kits.

Early Literacy Kits are great to use with children at home or in the classroom. Every kit centers around a topic of interest to young children and contains books, activities, and puppets or toys related to that theme.

Click here for more information and to reserve a kit.

Is Your Child Ready to Learn?

The path to success in school begins before the first day of kindergarten. Help your child get on track with these skills and they will be ready to learn.


Can your child:

Identify UPPER and lowercase letters

Point out individual letters in words

Recognize beginning sound matches (bat, book, bus)

Produce rhyming words (bat, cat, hat)

Recognize the title of a book

Read left to right and top to bottom

Name and find common shapes

Retell stories (beginning, middle, end)

Use descriptive language (soft, loud, sweet)

Count to 20

Read environmental words (exit, stop, open)

Recite at least 8 nursery rhymes

Download our Ready to Read document with fingerplays, book recommendations, and daily activities to do with your child:



Discover the Magic of Learning…

Storytimes for Babies & Young Children
Introduce your child to the love of reading. Sessions are held throughout the year. Register for Storytimes

Public Computers – Available at all MCDL locations, complete with

Early Literacy Stations – Educational computers designed for kids ages 2-8, featuring over 60 educational programs, covering Math, Science, Reading, Writing, Art, Music, History and more!

More Early Literacy Resources

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