Before children can learn to read, they must develop a range of early literacy skills. Learning these skills, which begins at birth, has a long- term impact on children’s reading achievement and academic success. Children who enter school with well-developed early literacy skills have an advantage; they are ready to learn to read (Every Child Ready to Read, 2nd Edition).

Activities to do at home

Note: Sing to your child the songs you know and love. You don’t need a perfect voice, just some enthusiasm.

  • Move to the music
  • Sing Nursery Rhymes
  • Fill a plastic bottle with cereal or use a pie-tin and wooden spoon as percussion instruments


  • Hush Little Baby   (J 649 HILL)
  • I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont (E Beaumont)
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb by Linda Jennings (E Jennings)
  • One, Two Buckle My Shoe by Jane Cabrera (E Cabrera)
  • Over in the Meadow by Jane Cabrera (E Cabrera)
  • The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort (E Hort)
  • The Wheels on the Bus by Jane Cabrera (E Cabrera)
  • There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly   by Simms Taback (E Taback)
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Margery Cuyler (E Rose)


  • Disney Karaoke Series (J Music CD Disney)
  • Here Comes Science by They Must Be Giants (J MUSIC CD Here)
  • Insects, Bugs and Squiggly Things   (J Music CD Songs)
  • Jungle Gym by Justin Roberts (J Music CD Jungle)
  • Kidz Bop 21   (J Music CD Kidz)
  • Learning Songs Music by Leapfrog (J Music CD Learning)
  • Sunny Day by Elizabeth Mitchell (J Music CD Sunny)
  • Tangled by Cindy Robinson (J Music CD Tangled)
  • The Best of Laurie Berkner Band ((J Music CD Best)
  • The Princess and the Frog by Cindy Robinson (J Music CD Princess)
  • Veggie tales: Bob and Larry Sing the 80’s (J Music CD Veggie)
  • We All Live Together by Greg and Steve (J Music CD We)
  • We did it! Dora’s Greatest Hits by Nickelodeon (J Music CD Dora)
  • Wee Sing Silly Songs by Pamela Beall (J Music CD Wee)
  • Yummy, Yummy by The Wiggles (J Music CD Yummy)
  • Music by Raffi
  • Music from Disney and other movies


  • VeggieTales, If I Sang a Silly Song   (J DVD FIC Fairies)
  • Debbie and Friends   (J DVD FIC Debbie)
  • Wiggles. Ukulele Baby ( J DVD FIC Wiggles)
  • Sesame Street. Elmo’s Travel Songs and Games   (J DVD FIC Sesame)
  • BIG BIRD, LITTLE BIRD   (J DVD 782.42 Big)

Books with CDs                                                                   

Sing-along-Songs    (J KIT –CD   SING ALONG)


Adult Books on Child Development

  • Child: How Children Think, Learn and Grow in the Early Years by Desmond Morris (612.654 Morris)
  • Ready for Preschool: Prepare Your Child for Happiness and Success at School by Nancy Hertzog (649 Hertzog)
  • Your Baby and Child: From Birth to Age Five by Penelope Leach (618.92 Leach)

GCLS Catalog

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Use Power Search to find Juvenile Music CDs or DVDs
Search Termssubject: Children’s Songs


Go to our eReference Center and choose Children & Teens.                            

TumbleBook Library (animated talking picture books)

AWE- Early Literacy Station Computer

Check out the various early literacy games and activities on our AWE computers.

Online Calendar

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