Early Literacy

early literacy

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books before KindergartenAccept 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

Printable game boards available here.
Books 001-100Books 501-600
Books 101-200Books 601-700
Books 201-300Books 701-800
Books 301-400Books 801-900
Books 401-500Books 901-1000


Early Literacy Kits

early literacy kitsShare 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 for more information and to reserve a kit



ABCmouse is our award-winning early learning program with 10,000+ educational activities and 850+ complete lessons along the Step-by-Step Learning Path, all expertly designed to help prepare young learners for kindergarten and beyond.


Kindergarten Kits

Kindergarten kits

Click to download and print the learning activities from our Kindergarten Kits to make sure your child is ready for Kindergarten.



Ohio Governor's Imagination Library

Ohio Governor's Imagination Library
Any child from birth to age five can enroll to receive a free, new book from the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library every month. Sign up today!

Click here to enroll

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.

storytimeCan 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:

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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 ABCMouse.com

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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